The Blackhawks have agreed to a three-year entry-level contract with defenseman prospect Robin Norell, the team announced Thursday. He will report to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.
The deal carries a $715,833 cap hit, according to generalfanager.com, which will kick in at the start of the 2016 season. He's currently on a tryout for the remainder of 2015.
Norell, 21, was drafted by the Blackhawks in the fourth round (No. 111 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He recorded two goals and six assists in 51 games with the Swedish Hockey League's Djurgardens IF this season.
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In his first season with them last season, he had three goals and six assists in 48 games, and also appeared in nine playoff contests across two seasons.
Norell is the second player from the 2013 draft class to have signed, with Ryan Hartman being the other.
The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.
On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:
We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.
The Blackhawks dealt defenseman Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick. Kempny had seven points in 31 games this season.
Kempny, 27, recorded 15 points in 81 career games for the Blackhawks. He tallied an assist in Saturday's 7-1 victory over the Capitals.
Kempny signed a one-year extension through the end of this season back in May.