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Report: Blackhawks bring back Jamal Mayers

May 26, 2012, 12:04 AM EDT

Josh Harding, Jamal Mayers AP

The Chicago Blackhawks aren’t exactly on the tip of anyone’s tongues right now, but they made a small move in hopes of playing deep into May in 2013. RDS reports that the Blackhawks will bring back veteran grinder Jamal Mayers for a one-year deal worth $600K, which includes a $50K signing bonus.

Mayers played in 81 games in 2011-12, collecting 15 points, a -4 rating and 91 PIM. He was unable to register a single point in three postseason contests, though.

He’ll turn 38 in the first month of the 2012-13 season unless a lockout fouls up that plan. Mayers has been bouncing around the league a bit, as he spent two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2008-10) and one season apiece with the Calgary Flames (2009-10) and San Jose Sharks (2010-11).

  1. eggserino - May 26, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Looks like the Blackhawks can book an early June vacation, just like Mayers did with the Blues back in the day… Time for Bowman to go…

  2. mydadyourmom - May 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    What a signing.

  3. sjsharksfan11 - May 26, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    This made a headline? The world is ending…..

  4. chiadam - May 26, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Bring him back to do what? He had 15 points and a negative rating. Oh, and he’s 39. If little Bowman brings gnat-sized defenseman/playoff goat Johnny Oduya back to go along with the Hawks collection on gnat-sized defensemen, I will officially root for the lockout.

  5. t16rich - May 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    You guys could be covering the Memorial Cup. Instead I get to find out Chicago’s second biggest plug will get one more year. Who freaking cares? PHT you guys should be covering the tournament that features the games best 17-20 year olds. Jamal Mayers is a plug no one wants to hear about.

  6. toewsingkaner - May 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Glad the Blackhawks brought him back. He was one of their free-agent signings last summer that worked well, unlike most.

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