Blackhawks sign Chris Kunitz, Cam Ward and Brandon Manning

The Chicago Blackhawks signed forward Chris Kunitz and goaltender Cam Ward to one-year contracts and defenseman Brandon Manning to a two-year deal Sunday.
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They join a Chicago team looking for a comeback after a disastrous season. Goaltender Corey Crawford got hurt in December and the Blackhawks finished the season with 33 wins and 76 points, their lowest totals since they went 31-42-9 during the 2006-07 season. They finished last in the Central Division.

The Hurricanes signed Scott Darling to be the starting goaltender last offseason, but he struggled badly, and as a result, Ward made 42 starts for Carolina.

Ward, 34, went 23-14-4 with a 2.73 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. He earned $3.1 million in the second year of a two-year, $6.6 million contract.

Upgrading its situation in Authentic Logan Couture Jersey net was one of Chicago’s top offseason priorities. General manager Stan Bowman said last month he expects Crawford to be Jacob McQuaide Jersey back and ready to go in training camp.

Anton Forsberg was acquired in the Artemi Panarin trade with Columbus last June, but he struggled in his first year as Crawford’s backup, and his status is up in the air with the addition of Ward.

Manning, 28, set career bests in goals (7), assists (12) and points (19) in 65 games for the Philadelphia Flyers last season.

There’s a possibility George stays in Oklahoma City even if he declines his player option — doing so would allow him to sign a longer and more lucrative contract with the franchise — but it would also open the door for him to sign with another team in free agency.

From the Pacers to the Lakers, let’s take a look at George’s best options this offseason…

Remember when LeBron left the Cavaliers to join the Heat in 2010 and then returned to Cleveland four years later when they had a more complete roster? George could do the same now that the Pacers are in a better situation than when he left.

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