Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Hawks Land Kopecky

The Blackhawks have reportedly signed Tomas Kopecky to a new 2-year deal. This makes two Red Wings heading over to the Windy City today. Kopecky joins Marian Hossa in Chicago for about $1.2 million per season, which is a pretty good bargain for the forward and the Blackhawks have done well to re-tool their line-up a little bit.

In 2009, Kopecky played in 79 games for the Red Wings, scoring 6 goals and 13 assists in some limited ice-time or playing in a lot of defensive situations. He does bring quite a bit of speed to Chicago, which the team is built on at the moment, so this should be a good fit. Whether or not his scoring goes up from here, it's still a tad sketchy.

Marian HossaDuncan KeithCristobel Huet
Patrick KaneBrent Seabrook
Jonathan ToewsBrian Campbell
Andrew LaddBrent Sopel
Dave Bolland
Patrick Sharp
Dustin Byfuglien
Tomas Kopecky
Adam Burish

With this deal and the Hossa deal done already today, the Blackhawks have now got $45.5 million set towards 14 players and have an average salary over $3.2 million now. They have put a lot of money into the team now and they are really beginning to look good with it.

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