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Manning agrees to two-year contract with Blackhawks

Defenseman had career-high 19 points with Flyers last season @NHLdotcom

Brandon Manning agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.


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Financial terms were not released.

The 28-year-old defenseman played 65 games for the Philadelphia Flyers last season and had an NHL career-high in goals (seven), assists (12) and points (19).

"Chicago reached out later in the week and I had a conversation with [coach Joel] Quenneville and Bowman a couple of days ago, which probably put me over the top thinking about Chicago and the opportunity there," Manning said. "Once I had the conversation with those guys [in Chicago], it was a no brainer for me."

Signed by the Flyers as an undrafted free agent on Nov. 23, 2010, Manning has 43 points (11 goals, 32 assists) in 207 NHL games and one assist in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"He has a style that's a bit different. He has some physicality to his game, coming into his own. He's 28 but his last season was his best. One of those later bloomers," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "He's got some pride in playing defensive and simplistic hockey. Has an edge to his game. Competitive guy. All attributes that will add something different to the mix."

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