Thursday, July 13, 2006
Blackhawks re-sign LW Bourque to two-year deal
CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday locked up
a pair of promising rookies.
Left wing Rene Bourque and defenseman Duncan Keith, two of the
few bright spots for the Blackhawks in 2005-06, re-signed with
the team on Thursday.
Bourque received a two-year contract and Keith got a four-year
deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Bourque, 24, recorded 16 goals and 18 assists in 77 games as a
rookie last season. His 34 points ranked fourth on the team.
During the NHL lockout campaign in 2004-05, Bourque scored 33
goals for Norfolk and was named to the American Hockey League
Keith, 23, led Chicago in ice time, logging nearly 23 1/2
minutes per game to rank second among rookies. He recorded nine
goals and 12 assists in 81 contests.
A second-round pick out of Michigan State in 2002, Keith played
for the Norfolk of the AHL for two seasons before being
The Blackhawks also re-signed left wing Michael Holmqvist to a
one-year deal worth $625,000 on Thursday.
Acquired from Anaheim last July, Holmqvist had 10 goals and 10
assists in 72 games with the Blackhawks and was a vital member
of a penalty-killing unit that ranked ninth in the league.
A first-round pick of Anaheim in 1997, Holmqvist played part of
the 2003-04 season with the Ducks and scored two goals in 21