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Long-time Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward signs with Chicago Blackhawks

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - The Chicago Blackhawks have signed goaltender Cam Ward, winger Chris Kunitz and defenseman Brandon Manning.

Ward and Kunitz each signed one-year deals. Ward's agreement is worth $3 million. Manning got a two-year deal.

In signing Ward, Chicago grabbed a veteran goalie on the first day of free agency after Corey Crawford missed most of last season with an upper-body injury.

The Blackhawks think Crawford will be ready for training camp, but upgrading their situation in net was one of their top priorities after missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

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