Chicago Blackhawks Resign Restricted Free Agent Jack Skille

July 15th, 2010 by Michael Wagner Leave a reply »
A day after the Chicago Blackhawks resigned former second round pick Igor Makarov to a new deal, the 'Hawks were at it again today signing former 2005 first round pick, seventh overall, Jack Skille.

Skille has been unable to crack in the NHL roster since turning pro three years ago and has been playing in the AHL the last three season.

Over the last three plus seasons with the Rockford Ice Hogs, Skille has appeared in 189 games and accumulated 136 points, seeing increases in points in every season in the AHL.

A major reason that Skille has been unable to stick in the NHL has been his large cap hit, and no certainty that he is indeed NHL ready.

However, now that Skille has come off of his entry level contract, he has decided to take a cap-friendly one year deal worth $600,000, he has effectively increased his chances of making the Blackhawks out of camp.

Even though Skille does have a friendly cap hit, and is a former first round pick that has had little chance to make an impact in the NHL, he will still need to earn a spot in the 'Hawks lineup.

Skille is the type of player that has not defined his role in the ...

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