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Blackhawks sign defenseman Cameron Schilling, per report

Chicago adds defensive depth.

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The Chicago Blackhawks have signed defenseman Cameron Schilling to a two-year contract worth $575,000 annually, reports Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. It is one-way deal in the second season, meaning he will earn the same salary in the American Hockey League as he would in the NHL.

Schilling, 26, has appeared in six NHL games during parts of the last three seasons. He played four games with the Washington Capitals last season, and spent most of the season with their AHL affiliate the Hershey Bears, where he recorded 18 points in 63 games.

Schilling was signed by the Capitals as a free agent out of the Miami University of Ohio in 2012.

Hockey's Future describes him as "defense-first defenseman with little in the way of offensive upside". Schilling will likely provide a veteran option for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL, with prospects such as Stephen Johns and Trevor van Riemsdyk potentially playing on the NHL roster, and the trades of Klas Dahlbeck and Michael Paliotta leaving Rockford somewhat thinner on the blue line.