Report: Blackhawks sign Jarred Tinordi to one-year extension

The Chicago Blackhawks will reportedly be keeping veteran defenseman Jarred Tinordi around for another season, according to this report from Ben Pope of the Sun-Times:

It's been a rough season for Tinordi, who's dealt with a rash of injuries, including a facial fracture back in December after a slapshot hit him in the face.

And that was not long after he'd recovered from a facial laceration after a skate blade cut him open under the chin.

The 31-year-old defenseman played in 44 games this season with 8 points (2 G, 6 A) while averaging 16:27 of ice time. The average ice time mark is the only one of those that isn't a career-high for Tinordi, who's been a journeyman for the other stages of his career with stops in Montreal, Arizona, Boston, Nashville and New York prior to Chicago. Tinordi came to the Blackhawks as a waiver claim from the Rangers in October and was playing on the final year of a contract with a $900,000 cap hit.

He'll get a modest raise to $1.25 million per this report, but that's far from a detriment to Chicago's current financial status. It does mean that there are now four veteran defenseman under contract four next season, though: Tinordi, Seth Jones, Connor Murphy and Nikita Zaitsev. Caleb Jones and Ian Mitchell are restricted free agents, while Andreas Englund is an unrestricted free agent.

With several blue-line prospects potentially on the verge of making the leap to the NHL next season ā€“ including Wyatt Kaiser, Alex Vlasic and 2022 No. 7 overall pick Kevin Korchinski ā€“ it is starting to a look a bit crowded on that part of the organizational depth chart right now.

One other item to note from Tuesday afternoon: longtime Blackhawks head athletic trainer Mike Gapski will be retiring at the end of this season: