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8/1/2006 11:41:27 AM

CHICAGO (Ticker) - The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed Jim Vandermeer to a one-year contract on Monday, four days after the defenseman had an arbitration hearing.

The 26-year-old recently completed his third NHL season and first full campaign with the Blackhawks, setting career highs in games played (76), goals (6), assists (18), points (24) and penalty minutes (116).

The Blackhawks had acquired Vandermeer with Colin Fraser and a second-round draft pick from the Philadelphia Flyers for Alex Zhamnov and a fourth-round selection in February 2004.

In 146 games with the Flyers and Blackhawks, Vandermeer has recorded 13 goals and 31 assists with 226 penalty minutes.

lso Tuesday, the Blackhawks re-signed right wings Brandon Bochenski and Matt Keith and center Craig MacDonald to one-year deals.
 

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Chicago Blackhawks sign defenceman Jim Vandermeer to one-year deal

12:58 PM EDT, 08/01/2006
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(CP) - The Chicago Blackhawks were busy signing players Tuesday, including a $1.225-million US, one-year deal for defenceman Jim Vandermeer.

The Blackhawks also signed free agent centre Craig MacDonald to a one-year deal worth $450,000 as well as agreeing to one-year deals with right-wingers Brandon Bochenski and Matt Keith, who were restricted free agents.

Vandermeer, from Caroline, Alta., earned $570,000 last season and received a raise via a salary arbitration hearing Friday.

The six-foot-one, 218-pound defender had six goals, 18 assists and 116 penalty minutes in 76 games for Chicago last season and the 26-year-old occasionally served as the Blackhawks' alternate captain.

MacDonald, 29, split last season between the Calgary Flames and their AHL affiliate in Omaha.

The six-foot-one, 199-pound forward from Antigonish, N.S., had three goals and two assists in 25 games for the Flames and appeared in one playoff game with the club.

Chicago acquired Bochenski from the Ottawa Senators at at the March trade deadline in exchange for Tyler Arnason. The 24-year-old from Blaine, Minn., had two goals and two assists in 20 games for Chicago after that.

The six-foot, 196-pound forward compiled six goals in 20 games for Ottawa before he was sent to the AHL's Binghamton Senators, where he had 22 goals and 24 assists in 33 games.

Keith, a six-foot-two, 200-pound winger from Edmonton, had 26 goals and 19 assists in 72 games for the AHL's Norfolk Admirals, Chicago's minor-league affiliate. The 23-year-old played two games for the Blackhawks last season.

Elsewhere, the New York Rangers announced they had agreed to a one-year contract with defenceman Michal Rozsival.

The 27-year-old played in all 82 games with the Rangers last year and tied for the league lead with a plus-35 rating. He also had five goals and 25 assists.

In 319 NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Rangers, Rozsival has 23 goals and 72 assists for 95 points.
 

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They seem to be doing okay there. Trading for Havlat and Smolinski, and then keeping most of their good younger players (mostly Vandermeer).

They'll have a much better team than last year, that's for sure.
 
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