NHL Free Agency: 6 Late Model Defensemen for the Chicago Blackhawks

« Prev
1 of 8
Next »
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow
NHL Free Agency: 6 Late Model Defensemen for the Chicago Blackhawks
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman may have completed his work on his roster for the summer with the signing of Michael Frolik and Sami Lepisto on Friday. The addition of Lepisto gives Chicago eight defensemen right now: Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Nick Leddy, Steve Montador, Sean O'Donnell, Lepisto and John Scott.

Seems like a full house, but it doesn't mean the 'Hawks won't make a late addition to the organization.

It's common practice for teams to secure a veteran for the purpose of mentoring prospects in the AHL.  The 'Hawks have several blue line hopefuls like Shawn Lalonde, Ryan Stanton, and Dylan Olsen who could benefit from an older player with an NHL pedigree.

That role was served by Jassen Cullimore and Garnet Exelby. Exelby, who was captain down in Rockford, has moved on to the Red Wings organization. Culimore, who spent the first half of the season with the Blackhawks, is an unrestricted free agent.

While it may not be a headline-grabbing move, picking up a veteran, preferably on a two-way contract, may still be on Bowman's radar before camp opens.

Here are a few guys that may fit the bill.

Begin Slideshow »
Load More Stories

Follow Chicago Blackhawks from B/R on Facebook

Follow Chicago Blackhawks from B/R on Facebook and get the latest updates straight to your newsfeed!

Chicago Blackhawks

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.