The Chicago Blackhawks made a pair of expected signings Friday morning. The team announced that defenseman Caleb Jones and forward Philipp Kurashev will return to the team on one-year deals. Both players were restricted free agents.
Jones joined the Blackhawks last offseason in the trade that sent Duncan Keith to the Edmonton Oilers. During his first season in Chicago, he scored 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) and averaged 16:43 of ice time in 51 games. Jones' new contract will carry a $1.35 million salary cap hit.
Kurashev will return to the Chicago Blackhawks for a third season. Since coming over from Switzerland, the 22-year-old has 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) in 121 games. During the 2021-22 campaign, he notched 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 67 games. Kurashev signed for $750K on his new deal.