James Neveau

Chicago Blackhawks Sign Berube, Bouma to Contracts

After the Chicago Blackhawks brought in forwards Tommy Wingels and Patrick Sharp on Saturday, they continued to bolster their depth as they signed three more players to free agent contracts.

They brought in another goaltender as they signed Jean-Francois Berube to a two-year contract. Berube, who posted a 3.42 goals against average and an .889 save percentage with the New York Islanders last season, will potentially compete with Anton Forsberg for the back-up position to Corey Crawford in the coming season.

The Blackhawks also signed defenseman Jon Oesterle to a two-year contract. The blue liner appeared in 25 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers over the past few seasons, posting six assists in those contests. He had a strong AHL campaign with the Bakersfield Condors a season ago, racking up seven goals and 25 assists as he provided some scoring punch and good puck movement on the back end.

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The Blackhawks capped off a flurry of activity by signing Lance Bouma to a one-year contract. The forward has 67 career NHL points in 304 games, and he’s a grinder-type player who is content with throwing around his weight on hits and getting to the front of the net to create screens and clean up rebounds near the goal crease.

None of the three players are necessarily guaranteed roster spots with the Blackhawks come October, but all three will certainly compete for roles as the Blackhawks look to boost their depth heading into the new year. 

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