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Blackhawks sign forward Colin Blackwell

The two-year deal comes with an AAV of $1.2 million

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs center Colin Blackwell during a playoff game against the Tampa Bay Lightning
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The Chicago Blackhawks signed forward Colin Blackwell on the first day of NHL Free Agency on Wednesday, signing the 29-year-old to a two-year deal.

First reported by Scott Powers of The Athletic, with full details from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Blackhawks and Blackwell agreed to a two-year deal with an AAV of $1.2 million.

The Blackhawks confirmed the move with a press release on Wednesday afternoon.

Blackwell played 58 games between the Seattle Kraken and Toronto Maple Leafs last season, scoring 10 goals and 20 points. In the 2021 season, Blackwell played 47 games with the New York Rangers, putting up 12 goals and 22 points before being selected to the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 expansion draft.

He entered the NHL in 2011 as a seventh-round pick (194th overall) out of Harvard by the San Jose Sharks. He never signed with San Jose, though, inking a free-agent deal with the Rangers in 2020.

Blackwell had a 50% expected goal share in 39 games with Seattle and a 42.16 xGF% mark in 19 games with Toronto. During seven postseason games with the Maple Leafs this spring, he tallied a goal and an assist while averaging 7:12 of ice time per game.