The Chicago Blackhawks
improved their depth at the start of the free-agency period Friday, signing veterans Andrew Brunette
, Sean O'Donnell
, Jamal Mayers
and Dan Carcillo to one-year contracts.
Brunette, 37, is coming off an 18-goal, 28-assist season with the Minnesota Wild
. The left wing has 256 goals and 450 assists in 1,032 career games with the Wild, Colorado Avalanche
, Atlanta Thrashers
, Nashville Predators
and Washington Capitals
Brunette played under Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville
for three seasons in Colorado.
O'Donnell, 39, has played 16 NHL seasons with seven teams. The stay-at-home defenseman played 81 games with the Philadelphia Flyers
last season, posting 1 goal and 17 assists.
Mayers, 36, has played 13 NHL seasons with four teams. The right wing had 3 goals and 11 assists in 78 games with the San Jose Sharks
last season while playing the role of fourth-line forward.
Carcillo, 26, recorded 2 goals -- both game-winners -- and 6 points along with 127 penalty minutes in 57 regular-season games for the Flyers last season. He added 2 goals, 1 assist and 30 penalty minutes in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
The Blackhawks also signed 32-year-old Brett McLean
, who had 10 goals and 17 assists in 50 games with Bern of the Swiss League, where he has spent the last two seasons. In 385 career regular-season games over parts of six NHL seasons with Chicago, Colorado Avalanche
(2005-07) and Florida Panthers
(2007-09), he had 56 goals and 106 assists.