That's the main reason the two sides came together Wednesday on a five-year contract extension announced by the Blackhawks a day after they acquired Anisimov in a seven-player trade that sent forward Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
"I want to be part of the team," Anisimov said Wednesday. "Every year, they've battled for the Stanley Cup. To sign for five years in Chicago is big for me, and I'm really excited to sign with the Blackhawks."
The Calgary Flames signed forward Michael Frolik to a multiyear contract Wednesday. Terms were not released, but multiple media outlets reported it to be five years with an average annual value of $4.3 million.
"I'm really excited about it," Frolik told the Flames website. "Calgary had a great year last year and they got a great young group of guys. I know the city is pretty good too. I have a family now so it mattered too in that ... I'm really happy to be a Calgary Flame."
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed goaltender Anders Lindback to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 27-year-old Lindback registered a 6-16-2 record with a 3.11 goals against average (GAA) and a .909 save percentage (SV%) in 26 games with the Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres last season. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound native of Gavle, Sweden posted a 2.76 GAA and a .924 SV% in 16 games with the Sabres.
Condra, 28, spent the past five seasons with the Ottawa Senators. He had nine goals and 23 points in 68 games in 2014-15. The 6-foot, 190-pound right-handed shot has 33 goals and 87 points in 299 career NHL games, all with the Senators.
Condra, who was selected in the seventh round (No. 211) of the 2006 NHL Draft by the Senators, has three goals and nine points in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Enroth, 27, was 18-26-2 with a .904 save percentage in 50 games split between the Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars in 2014-15. The 50 games was a career high. In the three previous seasons, Enroth had a save percentage of .911 or better but also played 28 games or fewer.
Burmistrov, 23, has spent the past two seasons in the KHL with Kazan Ak-Bars after playing the prior three seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets organization where he tallied 23 goals and 58 points in 194 NHL games. With Kazan, Burmistrov had 20 goals and 64 points in 108 KHL games.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Zbynek Michalek to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 32-year-old Michalek collected 4-8-12 and 18 penalty minutes (PIM) in 68 games with the Coyotes and St. Louis Blues last season. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound native of Jindrichuv Hradec, CZ ranked 18th in the NHL with 160 blocked shots in 2014-15.
Michalek has totaled 40-131-171 and 302 PIM in 711 career NHL games including 30-103-133 and 238 PIM in 539 games with the Coyotes. He ranks fifth in franchise history in games played by a defenseman.