The Blackhawks have been busy on the first day of free agency Friday, adding four significant veterans to the dressing room in winger Andrew Brunette, physical forward Jamal Mayers, defenseman Sean O'Donnell and fiery winger Dan Carcillo.
The Hawks also signed center Brett McLean, who has spent the last two seasons playing in Switzerland.
Carcillo's signing came late in the day and should draw mixed reviews because of his reckless style and habit of taking bad penaities. But he is an energy guy and a hitter who will help protect the likes of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
Brunette was the big signing. He'll be 38 in August, but he is a scorer who can play in the top six forwards and has missed only two games in the last eight seasons. He had 18 goals and 46 points for Minnesota.
Brunette signed a one-year contract worth $2 million.
Mayers, who turns 37 in October, is the kind of gritty forward general manager Stan Bowman targeted. He had 12 fights and 124 minutes in penalties last season for San Jose with 3 goals and 11 assists. He's a good skater who can kill penalties and play center and wing.
Mayers signed a one-year, $550,000 contract.
"I'm there to provide energy, kill penalties and knock some bodies around," Mayers told TSN.
O'Donnell is another veteran leader who will be welcome in the Hawks' dressing room. He won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim and should be a valuable depth guy with a strong veteran presence.
O'Donnell signed a one-year contract worth $850,000.