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None Blackhawks sign prized Czech d-man Jan Rutta

on Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:37 pm

The Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly signed highly sought after free agent and Czech defenseman Jan Rutta, according to Pierre LeBrun of TSN.

It’s a one-year deal, per Scott Powers of The Athletic. Rutta was never drafted in the NHL, however, the 6-foot-3 tall blue liner had an impressive showing for the Czech Republic at the recent World Hockey Championship following a strong and productive season with Czech club Chomutov Pirati.

He had eight goals and 32 points in 46 games, finishing third on his team in scoring. So far, the team has not announced the deal.

It was reported in late May that the Blackhawks had keen interest on Rutta, who will turn 27 years old in July.

“He looks like a late bloomer. He became a big player the last couple of years,” one scout told The Athletic. ” He’s a big guy, a right-handed shot who can skate for a big guy. He sees the ice well. He’s pretty good on the power play.”

There is also some coaching news out of Chicago.

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