The Chicago Blackhawks don’t have a lot of salary cap space to work with this offseason, but they’ve elected to use some of it to retain an asset as they agreed to a two-year contract with defenseman David Rundblad.
Rundblad, who was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes in a trade in 2014, will be paid $1 million per season over the next two seasons, according to a report from Elliotte Friedman, who originally broke the story this afternoon.
Over two seasons with the Blackhawks, Rundblad has played in 54 regular season games, scoring three goals and dishing out 11 assists during that stretch. He appeared in five playoff games for the Hawks in 2015 as the team won its third Stanley Cup championship in six seasons.
With Rundblad’s signing, the Blackhawks now have 14 players under contract for next season and have approximately $7.1 million to work with as they make moves ahead of the free agency period, which begins Wednesday.