The Chicago Blackhawks‘ lineup will look drastically different from a season ago thanks to trades, free agent signings, and players signing elsewhere.
Forwards David Kämpf, Vinnie Hinostroza, and Pius Suter fall into the latter category as they opted to sign with teams in the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday.
Hinostroza: 1 year, $1.05 million with Buffalo Sabres
The Blackhawks did not extend a qualifying offer to Kampf or Suter earlier this week and were unrestricted free agents.
Kämpf scored 17 goals and 58 points in 235 games with the Blackhawks the past four seasons. He didn’t produce much offensively, but was depended on in a more defensive role, especially this past season with Jonathan Toews out with an illness.
Suter scored 14 goals and 27 points in 55 games last season. He was fifth among NHL rookies in goals and tied for sixth in points.
Kämpf and Suter were each undrafted and signed with the Blackhawks as European free agents from their respective native countries, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
The Blackhawks re-acquired Hinostroza from the Florida Panthers on April 2. He scored 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 17 games during his second stint with Chicago. The Bartlett, Illinois native will reunite with Sabres head coach Don Granato, who was an assistant coach with the Blackhawks while Hinostroza was with Chicago in 2017-18.