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Thursday, July 29, 2004
Blackhawks re-sign Poapst, Robidas

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed defensemen Steve Poapst and Stephane Robidas to one-year contracts on Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Poapst, 35, led all Blackhawks defenseman in ice time with an average of more than 22 minutes per game last season. He had two goals and two assists with a plus-minus of minus-16.

The 6-0, 199-pound Poapst has appeared in 245 NHL games with Washington and Chicago, totaling eight goals, 23 assists and 126 penalty minutes.

Robidas, 27, was acquired from Dallas last November in a deal for Jon Klemm and had three goals and 10 assists with a plus-minus of plus-4 in 59 games with Chicago.

The 5-11, 190-pound Robidas suffered a fractured cheekbone when he was struck in the face with a puck in a February 29 game against Florida, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.

The Blackhawks on Thursday also re-signed right wing Jason Morgan, who was acquired from Calgary in a trade for Ville Nieminen last February, and signed left wing Rene Bourque - who led the University of Wisconsin with 16 goals and 20 assists last season.