Blackhawks sign defenceman Ville Pokka to one-year deal

Ville-Pokka.-(Nam-Y.-Huh/AP)

Ville Pokka. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a one-year contract with defenceman Ville Pokka.

Pokka spent last season with Rockford of the American Hockey League, finishing with six goals and 24 assists, but he could get a longer look from the NHL club this year. The Blackhawks traded defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona last week, and Brian Campbell and Johnny Oduya are free agents.

The Blackhawks announced the deal on Tuesday.

Chicago acquired the 23-year-old Pokka when it traded Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders in October 2014.

Chicago announced Monday it had agreed to a two-year contract with goaltender Anton Forsberg and a one-year extension with forward Tomas Jurco that runs through the 2017-18 season.

June 27, 2017

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Ville Pokka

SIGNED BY
Chicago Blackhawks
LENGTH
1 yr
CONTRACT TYPE
Re-signing
SALARY CAP HIT
N/A
TOTAL
N/A

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