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Chicago Blackhawks 2024 free agent picks – NO MORE Dollar Bill!

Wow the Chicago Blackhawks made a big dent in free agents on the first day of the 2024 NHL free agency period. Looks like the Chicago Blackhawks finally added some size and beef to the team. The Chicago Blackhawks always seemed to be pushed around by the bigger and faster teams. Not so much should the free agents turn out to be decent.

Dollar Bill (a.k.a. Bill Wirtz the former president and owner of the Chicago Blackhawks) is turning in his grave with the money the Chicago Blackhawks spent in one day!

The Chicago Blackhawks may actually have a chance to make the playoffs barring multiple long-term injuries like last year!

Here’s the current list of 2024 NHL free agent signings by the Chicago Blackhawks:

Defenseman T.J. Brodie – two-year contract at a cap hit of $3.75 million

  • T.J. Brodie scouting report:
  • Historically an excellent skater.
  • Effective in hard matchups against opponents’ top six forwards and on the penalty kill.
  • Moves pucks effectively when he has time.
  • Rarely takes too much risk offensively.
  • Averages 21:13 TOI at even strength and on the penalty kill.
  • Not overly physical (47 hits) but blocks shots effectively (111 blocked shots).
  • Overall, Brodie remains a capable defenseman, although his skating has declined compared to previous years. He leans towards a two-way style of play and contributes defensively.

Forward Joey Anderson – two-year extension at a cap hit of $800,000.

  • Joey Anderson scouting report:
  • Overall, Anderson’s versatility and work ethic make him a valuable depth player for NHL teams.

Forward Tyler Bertuzzi – Four-year at $5.5 million.

  • Tyler Bertuzzi scouting report:
  • Tenacious and gritty player.
  • Battles along the wall to extend plays.
  • Creates distractions around opponents’ crease.
  • Decent offensive production.
  • Averaged 16:00 TOI at even strength and on the power play.
  • Scored 21 goals and 22 assists in 80 regular season games.

Forward Teuvo Teravainen – Three-years at $5.4 million deal.

  • Teuvo Teravainen scouting report:
  • Motion player who plays quick and fast.
  • Threat off the rush.
  • Excellent puck touch and hand-eye coordination.
  • Deployed in all situations, better than average defensively.
  • Creates turnovers by jumping to space.
  • Averages 16:38 time on ice (TOI).
  • Teuvo Teravainen was originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.
  • He played three years for the Chicago Blackhawks and was part of the 2015 Stanley Cup-winning team.

Defenseman Alec Martinez – One-year at $4 million contract.

  • Alec Martinez scouting report:
  • 2-way defenseman who plays matchup minutes at even strength and on the penalty kill.
  • Attention to detail in his defensive zone.
  • Decent skating ability.
  • Averaged 19:03 of ice time with the Vegas Golden Knights last season.
  • Scored 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 55 games.
  • Alec Martinez is three-time Stanley Cup champion and is known for his memorable Stanley Cup-winning goal in 2014 with the Kings.

Forward Pat Maroon – One-year deal at a $1.3 million cap hit.

  • Pat Maroon scouting report:
  • Physical veteran depth winger.
  • Effective around the hash marks in the offensive zone.
  • Difficult to defend net front.
  • Good puck-handling skills, extending plays.
  • Averaged around 13:00 TOI, deployed at even strength and on the second unit power play.
  • Expect contributions in hits and penalty minutes.
  • Pat Maroon won one Stanley Cup with St. Louis in 2019 and two with Tampa Bay in 2020 and 2021.
  • His nickname is “Big Rig” and he is good at agitating opponents.

Goaltender Laurent Brossoit – Two-year contract at a cap hit of $3.3 million.

  • Laurent Brossoit scouting report:
  • Good size and butterfly style.
  • Average to average-plus in almost every category.
  • Competent in gloves, feet, lateral quickness, and high/low net coverage.
  • A reliable #2 NHL backup who can get hot for stretches and produce positive results.
  • Brossoit’s calm, patient style gives his team a chance to win, making him an asset as a backup goaltender.
  • Brossoit went 15-5-2 with a 2.00 goals against-average, .927 save percentage and three shutouts in 23 appearances in 2023-24 with the Winnipeg Jets.
  • He spent the previous two seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights, where he was part of a Stanley Cup after playing in eight postseason contests.

Forward Craig Smith – One-year, $1 million deal.

  • Craig Smith scouting report:
  • Good puck-handling skills.
  • Effective around the hash marks in the offensive zone.
  • Competent defensively.
  • Averages around 13:00 TOI per game.
  • Provides valuable depth as a fourth-liner.
  • He previously played with Taylor Hall, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Nick Foligno from his time with the Boston Bruins.

2024 Chicago Blackhawks Free Agents re-signed

  • Joey Anderson (re-signed with Chicago Blackhawks)

2024 Chicago Blackhawks Free Agents signed by other teams

  • Mike Hardman (signed: NJD)
  • Reese Johnson (signed: MIN)
  • Sam Lafferty (signed: BUF)
  • Luke Philp (signed: WSH)
  • Taylor Raddysh (signed: WSH)
  • Filip Roos (signed: OTT)

2024 Chicago Blackhawks Restricted Free Agents (RFAs) available

  • Isaak Phillips

2024 Chicago Blackhawks Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs) available:

  • Colin Blackwell
  • MacKenzie Entwistle
  • David Gust
  • Tyler Johnson
  • Jaycob Megna
  • Rem Pitlick
  • Vili Saarijarvi
  • Jaxson Stauber
  • Michal Teply
  • Jarred Tinordi
  • Nikita Zaitsev

Note: the scouting reports of this post were generated by Microsoft’s Copilot AI companion with some modifications.


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