The Chicago Blackhawks began their first day of NHL free agency by bringing back a familiar face to the organization.
The team announced the signing of defenseman Brian Campbell to a one-year contract. Campbell was a member of the Blackhawks' 2010 Stanley Cup championship team, and played three seasons in Chicago, scoring 117 points.
The Hawks also announced minor-league contracts for Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Sam Carrick, and Spencer Abbott on Friday. Labrie has become a fan favorite the past few seasons with the Rockford IceHogs, and Abbott amassed 21 points in 19 games played with the Hogs during the 2014-2015 season before playing overseas in Sweden.
The Blackhawks did lose a member of this past year's team via free agency, as Andrew Ladd signed a seven-year deal with the New York Islanders. Ladd was acquired in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets before the 2016 trade deadline, starting a second stint with Chicago. He was also a member of the 2010 Cup-winning squad.