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The Blackhawks sign Caleb Jones and Philipp Kurashev to one-year contract extensions

CHICAGO — On a roster filled with a slew of new players as the team begins its major rebuild, at least two players that fans know about will return for the upcoming season.

On Friday, the team announced that defender Caleb Jones, along with forward Philipp Kurashev, signed a one-year contract extension with the team.

Jones’ cap hit will be $1.35 million, while Kurashev’s will be $750,000.

Jones was entering his fifth year in the NFL and was acquired in the Duncan Keith trade with the Oilers ahead of the 2021-2022 season. Jones joined his brother Seth with the Blackhawks and played in 51 games for the team with five goals, ten assists and a -3 plus/minus.

He expects to lead the Blackhawks’ defensive lineup in the upcoming 2022-2023 season under new head coach Luke Richardson.

A fourth-round pick for the Blackhawks in 2018, Kurashev has played 121 games for the team over the past two seasons, scoring 14 goals with 23 assists. Last season, the forward played 67 games, scoring six goals with 15 assists.

The move comes two days after the Blackhawks reached an agreement with their first pick in the NHL draft earlier this summer.

Kevin Korchinski, who was picked seventh overall by the team in Ottawa’s trade trade with Alex DeBrincat, signed a three-year entry-level contract running through the 2024-2025 season.

The defenseman, who joins the Blackhawks after a successful season with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (4 goals, 61 assists), will have a salary cap of $950,000.

https://wgntv.com/sports/blackhawks/blackhawks-sign-caleb-jones-philipp-kurashev-to-1-year-contract-extensions/ The Blackhawks sign Caleb Jones and Philipp Kurashev to one-year contract extensions

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