NHL: Blackhawks sign Jack Johnson to one-year deal, plus Yotes ink first-round pick and more

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Jun 26, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jack Johnson (3) celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Avalanche game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks signed defenseman Jack Johnson to a one-year contract on Wednesday that runs through the 2022-23 season.

The deal has a $950,000 salary cap hit for the Blackhawks, who are Johnson’s fourth team in his last four seasons.

Blackhawks sign Jack Johnson

“Jack provides the team with a strong veteran presence, good size and a competitive edge,” general manager Kyle Davidson said in a statement. “We’re excited to have Jack join the organization and, coming off a Stanley Cup championship last year, he will strengthen our defensive group.”

Johnson, 35, captured his first career Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche this past spring. He recorded nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 74 games last season.

He has 312 points (72 goals, 240 assists) in 1,024 career games with the Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Avalanche. He was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes with the third overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Johnson won an Olympic silver medal with the United States in the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Coyotes sign Maveric Lamoureux

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Jul 7, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CANADA; Maveric Lamoureux after being selected as the number twenty-nine overall pick to the Arizona Coyotes in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Coyotes signed 2022 first-round draft pick Maveric Lamoureux to a three-year entry-level contract.

Terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed. The 18-year-old defenseman was picked 29th overall.

“We are very pleased to sign Maveric to an entry-level contract,” Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong said in a news release. “He is a big, strong, physical defenseman who is a very good skater and has a good shot. We look forward to watching his development this season.”

The 6-foot-7 Ontario native posted 24 points (four goals, 20 assists) and 69 penalty minutes in 54 games in 2021-22 with Drummondville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Hurricanes sign Anttoni Honka

The Carolina Hurricanes signed Finnish defenseman Anttoni Honka to a three-year, entry-level deal Wednesday.

Honka, 21, will earn $750,000 at the NHL level in 2022-23 and $775,000 in the next two seasons. He will earn $80,000 at the AHL level for all three seasons and also receives a $210,000 signing bonus.

The Hurricanes selected Honka in the third round of the 2019 NHL Draft.

“Anttoni is a puck-moving, right-shot defenseman,” Carolina general manager Don Waddell said in a news release. “He has produced at a high level in Finland and we believe he will continue to grow in North America.”

Honka registered 37 points (six goals, 31 assists) in 57 games with JYP Jyvaskyla in the Finnish Liiga last season.

–Field Level Media