One day after becoming the center of the hockey universe with their major moves in net, the Chicago Blackhawks stayed busy by signing one of their own prospects, Igor Makarov, to a two-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the club in the official release.
Makarov, the No. 33 pick in the 2006 Entry Draft, is 22 years old and split last season between Moscow Dynamo and St. Petersburg SKA of the KHL. He had 5 goals, 4 assists and 61 penalty minutes in 51 regular-season games. In 93 career KHL games he had 26 points.
Current Blackhawks Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Niklas Hjalmarsson know Makarov from the 2007 World Junior Championships. He helped Russia win a silver medal by contributing six points and a plus-5 rating. Kane, Toews and Hjalmarsson also played in that tournament.
The Blackhawks on Monday created a buzz in the hockey world by simultaneously announcing they were not going to re-sign Stanley Cup-winning goalie Antti Niemi and instead had signed veteran Marty Turco to a one-year contract.