CHICAGO IL - FEBRUARY 16: Michael Frolik #67 of the Chicago Blackhawks passes the puck against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on February 16 2011 in Chicago Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 3-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chicago Blackhawks Sign Michael Frolik, Sami Lepisto

The Blackhawks are keeping forward Michael Frolik and have signed defenseman Sami Lepisto. Could the Lepisto addition signal the departure of fellow defenseman Chris Campoli?

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Chicago Blackhawks Sign Michael Frolik, Sami Lepisto

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed forward Michael Frolik to a three-year deal and defenseman Sami Lepisto to a one-year deal. The Frolik deal is reportedly worth $7 million.

Frolik, 23, came to the Blackhawks during the 2010-11 season after spending two and a half years with the Florida Panthers. He had 11 goals and 27 assists last year after scoring 21 goals in each of his first two years in the league. He also had two goals and three assists in seven playoff games in 2010-11. He'll help the Blackhawks offensively next year, particularly if he can return to being a 20-goal scorer.

Lepisto, 26, played in 70 games for the Coyotes and Blue Jackets in 2010-11, tallying a total of four goals and 12 assists. His signing could signal the end of the brief Blackhawks career of restricted free agent Chris Campoli, whose role Lepisto essentially fills, and at a lower price. 

For more on the Chicago Blackhawks, check out Second City Hockey, which has plenty of analysis of the Frolik and Lepisto additions.

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