Blackhawks announce 1-year deal with D Ville Pokka

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a one-year contract with defenseman Ville Pokka.

Pokka spent last season with Rockford of the American Hockey League, finishing with six goals and 24 assists, but he could get a longer look from the NHL club this year. The Blackhawks traded defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona last week, and Brian Campbell and Johnny Oduya are free agents.

The Blackhawks announced the deal on Tuesday.

Chicago acquired the 23-year-old Pokka when it traded Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders in October 2014.

Chicago announced Monday it had agreed to a two-year contract with goaltender Anton Forsberg and a one-year extension with forward Tomas Jurco that runs through the 2017-18 season.

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