The Blackhawks were suspiciously quiet on the first day of free agency, as their only signing was defenseman Sheldon Brookbank, younger brother of Wade Brookbank, who spent some time in the organization (mostly with the IceHogs).
Here’s what Brookbank himself had to say about the deal, according to the Blackhawks:
“I’m really excited,” Brookbank said on a media call Sunday night. “Things happened quick here, but the Hawks were a team I hoped would have some interest in me. They’ve got a young team with a lot of potential here and they’re proven winners, so I’m happy to join and try to help get back there.”
“That’s one of the things they said they needed: a penalty-killing defenseman. I played penalty kill in the past few seasons, and it’s one of the roles on the team that I take pride in,” said Brookbank. “If I can help out the team that way, that’s what I’m doing.”
He averaged nearly two minutes per game on the penalty kill, which will probably prove useful once Daniel Carcillo returns to the team.
I would be greatly surprised if this was the last of the moves the Blackhawks make this summer, so keep watching this space.