Capgeek.com has mentioned that ex- Edmonton Oiler Ryan Potulny has signed a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks to a 1 year deal worth 500k a season. This is also a 2-way contract and has been confirmed by a source of Chris Kuc, a writer for the Chicago Tribune.
This adds another ex Oiler to the fold as recently Fernando Pisani signed a 1 year contract worth the same amount but on a 1 way deal. What this does for Chicago is add a bit more depth to the team and will ultimately mean Potulny will be fighting for a final roster spot with Jake Dowell, Viktor Stalberg, Jack Skille, Kyle Beach, Marcus Kruger, and Jeff Taffe.
Potulny had a brief stint with the Philadelphia Flyers playing in 42 games over 3 seasons amassing 12 goals and 2 assists in those games at the NHL level. In Edmonton he had a good season last year scoring 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 pts in 64 games.
Ryan has always been a proficient scorer, at the University of Minnesota averaged over a point a game in 3 seasons and excellent scoring season in the AHL with the Philadelphia Phantoms and the Springfield Falcons.
Does he make this team? Who knows, with the all important training camps coming up shortly he has some stiff competition in the aforementioned names above. The 2 way contract he signed very well could mean he will start the season in Rockford with the IceHogs but I expect he will get some time with the big club as I feel the Hawks will do the “AHL/NHL Shuffle” with quite a few players this season.
The Hawks are still tight against the cap so this 2 way deal is significant plus adds some nice offensive depth to the club, Potulny is also a decent penalty killer so yet another bonus to this signing.
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Written by Trent Kondo
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