The Blackhawks agreed to terms on three-year contracts with four more players on Tuesday: forward Joakin Nordstrom, defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and goaltenders Mac Carruth and Kent Simpson.
Nordstrom, who played with the AIK of the Swedish Elite League this season, had three goals and three assists with the team. He was also part of Sweden's gold-medal team at the 2012 World Junior Championships, where he tallied four goals. He was the Blackhawks' third-round selection (90th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Dahlbeck had four points and a plus-3 rating in 55 games with Linkoping HC of the Swedish Elite League.
Carruth recorded a career-high 42 victories (and a 2.96 goals-against average) in 63 appearances with the Portland Winterhawks, who won their second consecutive WHL Western Conference title. Simpson made his pro debut with the Rockford IceHogs on April 14, stopping 38 of 41 shots in a shootout loss to Charlotte. He spent most of the season with the Everett Silvertips (WHL), posting a 20-31-7 record and a .909 save percentage.
The basketball world woke up Friday morning to a report from ESPN senior writer Marc Stein saying the Bulls may go after Chris Bosh for the 2017-18 NBA season.
It's surprising and intriguing for multiple reasons:
1) Bosh was believed to have played his last days in the NBA due to blod clot issues.
2) The Bulls are at something of a franchise crossroads, sitting as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference following Thursday's games and still determining what the right step is for the near future and the long term.
3) Bosh will be 33 in March and hasn't played in an NBA game in nearly a year (last appeared with the Heat Feb. 9, 2016).
But Stein said the Heat are not planning on waiving Bosh before March 1, so he wouldn't be eligible to join the roster of a playoff contender.
Stein then says: If Bosh does return to the hardwood, "word is that the Chicago Bulls are already plotting a run and will be at the front of the line to try to sign him."
Bosh is an 11-time All-Star who has averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game throughout his career. He helped the Heat win several titles as part of the Big Three with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
Bosh was also just in Chicago visiting Wade earlier this month:
Could he form another Big Three with Wade and Jimmy Butler, this time in Chicago?
It's worth noting Wade just turned 35 earlier this week and will be in his 14th NBA season next year.