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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to contracts with free agents Chris Kunitz Arizona Coyotes Hoodies Authentic , Cam Ward and Brandon Manning on Sunday, addressing their depth in every position group after missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade.Kunitz got a one-year deal worth $1 million, and Ward’s one-year contract is for $3 million. Manning received a two-year deal.The 38-year-old Kunitz gives Chicago another experienced forward, Ward adds to the Blackhawks’ depth in goal after Corey Crawford missed most of last season, and Manning joins a mix of aging veterans and intriguing prospects on defense.”The main thing for us is that we’ve been able in the past couple of years to accumulate a lot of really good young players who are on the cusp of breakout status,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a conference call with reporters. ”In the process of turning it over to the young guys, you still have to mentor those young guys.”Kunitz had 13 goals and 16 assists in 82 games with Tampa Bay last season. He also had an assist in 17 playoff games with the Lightning. The four-time Stanley Cup champion – with Anaheim in 2007 and Pittsburgh in 2009, 2016 and 2017 – also won gold with Canada at the 2014 Olympics.”The goal from an organizational standpoint is to win a Stanley Cup,” Kunitz said. ”That’s what they’re looking to do every single year.”He joins a Chicago team looking for a comeback after finishing last in the Central Division. Crawford got hurt in December and the Blackhawks tumbled to 33 wins and 76 points, their lowest totals since they went 31-42-9 during the 2006-07 season.Upgrading its situation in net was one of Chicago’s top offseason priorities. Bowman said last month he expects Crawford ”to be back and ready to go in training camp,” and the goaltender is among the listed players who will attend Blackhawks Convention July 27-29, an annual event where current and former players meet fans and speak with reporters.Anton Forsberg was acquired in the Artemi Panarin trade with Columbus last June, but he struggled in his first year as Crawford’s backup and his status is up in the air with the addition of Ward.”We felt that was an area we wanted to get better at,” Bowman said. ”Anton had a great season for us the first few months when he was getting his feet under him as a NHL goalie, with Corey sort of carrying the load. … I think Anton can work his way to (being No. 1 guy) over time Arizona Coyotes Hats Authentic , but Cam has the long-time pedigree of being able to handle that.”The 34-year-old Ward was selected by Carolina in the first round of the 2002 draft and spent his first 13 seasons with the Hurricanes. He went 23-14-4 last year with two shutouts, a 2.73 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.Ward also has 41 career playoff appearances. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2006 as playoff MVP when Carolina beat Edmonton for its only Stanley Cup title.Ward noted the Hurricanes did not contact him during the week leading to the start of free agency.”I understand they’re going in a different direction and that’s their idea,” he said. ”I always imagined myself retiring as a Hurricane and playing my whole career there. That being said, this has opened the door for a new opportunity and a new challenge for me. I’m excited to see what comes out of it.”The 28-year-old Manning set career highs with seven goals and 12 assists in 65 games last season with Philadelphia. He also played in six postseason games.Chicago also announced it had agreed to a three-year contract with defenseman Adam Boqvist. The Blackhawks selected the 17-year-old Boqvist with the eighth overall pick in this year’s draft.— The 55 in-season NHL coaching changes since beginning of salary cap era in 2005:2005-06New York Islanders replaced Steve Stirling with Brad Shaw, missed playoffsNew Jersey Devils replaced resigning Larry Robinson with Lou Lamoriello, made playoffsPittsburgh Penguins replaced Ed Olczyk with Michel Therrien, missed playoffsLos Angeles Kings replaced John Torchetti with Andy Murray, missed playoffsMontreal Canadiens replaced Claude Julien with Bob Gainey, made playoffs2006-07Chicago Blackhawks replaced Trent Yawney with Denis Savard, missed playoffsSt. Louis Blues replaced Mike Kitchen with Andy Murray, missed playoffsPhiladelphia Flyers replaced Ken Hitchcock with John Stevens, missed playoffsColumbus Blue Jackets replaced Gerard Gallant with Ken Hitchcock, missed playoffsNew Jersey Devils replaced Claude Julien with Lou Lamoriello, made playoffs2007-08Washington Capitals replaced Glen Hanlon with Bruce Boudreau, made playoffsAtlanta Thrashers replaced Bob Hartley with Don Waddell Custom Arizona Coyotes Jerseys , missed playoffsOttawa Senators replaced John Paddock with Bryan Murray, made playoffs2008-09Chicago Blackhawks replaced Denis Savard with Joel Quenneville, made playoffsCarolina Hurricanes replaced Peter Laviolette with Paul Maurice, made playoffsMontreal Canadiens replaced Guy Carbonneau with Bob Gainey, made playoffsOttawa Senators replaced Craig Hartsburg with Cory Clouston, missed playoffsTampa Bay Lightning replaced Barry Melrose with Rick Tocchet, missed playoffsNew York Rangers replaced Tom Renney with John Tortorella, made playoffsPittsburgh Penguins replaced Michel Therrien with Dan Bylsma, won Stanley Cup2009-10Columbus Blue Jackets replaced Ken Hitchcock with Claude Noel, missed playoffsSt. Louis Blues replaced Andy Murray with Davis Payne, missed playoffsPhiladelphia Flyers replaced John Stevens with Peter Laviolette, made playoffs2010-11New York Islanders replaced Scott Gordon with Jack Capuano, missed playoffsNew Jersey Devils replaced John MacLean with Jacques Lemaire, missed playoffs2011-12St. Louis Blues replaced Davis Payne with Ken Hitchcock, made playoffsWashington Capitals replaced Bruce Boudreau with Dale Hunter www.officialbruinsproonline.com , made playoffsAnaheim Ducks replaced Randy Carlyle with Bruce Boudreau, missed playoffsCarolina Hurricanes replaced Paul Maurice with Kirk Muller, missed playoffsColumbus Blue Jackets replaced Scott Arniel with Todd Richards, missed playoffsMontreal Canadiens replaced Jacques Martin with Randy Cunneyworth, missed playoffsLos Angeles Kings replaced Andy Murray with Darryl Sutter, won Stanley CupToronto Maple Leafs replaced Ron Wilson with Randy Carlyle, missed playoffs2013Buffalo Sabres replaced Lindy Ruff with Ron Rolston, missed playoffsTampa Bay Lightning replaced Guy Boucher with Jon Cooper, missed playoffs2013-14Philadelphia Flyers replaced Peter Laviolette with Craig Berube, made playoffsWinnipeg Jets replaced Claude Noel with Paul Maurice, missed playoffsBuffalo Sabres replaced Ron Rolston with Ted Nolan, missed playoffsFlorida Panthers replaced Kevin Dineen with Peter Horachek, missed playoffs2014-15Edmonton Oilers replaced Dallas Eakins with Todd Nelson, missed playoffsOttawa Senators replaced Paul McLean with Dave Cameron, made playoffsNew Jersey Devils replaced Peter DeBoer with Lou Lamoriello/Scott Stevens/Adam Oates Boston Bruins T-Shirts Authentic , miss playoffsToronto Maple Leafs replaced Randy Carlyle with Peter Horachek, missed playoffs2015-16Columbus Blue Jackets replaced Todd Richardson with John Tortorella, missed playoffsPittsburgh Penguins replaced Mike Johnston with Mike Sullivan, won Stanley CupMinnesota Wild replaced Mike Yeo with John Torchetti, made playoffs2016-17Florida Panthers replaced Gerard Gallant with Tom Rowe, missed playoffsBoston Bruins replaced Claude Julien with Bruce Cassidy, made playoffsMontreal Canadiens replaced Michel Therrien with Claude Julien, made playoffsSt. Louis Blues replaced Ken Hitchcock with Mike Yeo, made playoffsNew York Islanders replaced Jack Capuano with Doug Weight, missed playoffs2018-19Los Angeles Kings replaced John Stevens with Willie DesjardinsChicago Blackhawks replaced Joel Quenneville with Jeremy CollinSt. Louis Blues replaced Mike Yeo with Craig BerubeEdmonton Oilers replaced Todd McLellan with Ken Hitchcock
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