Early reports indicate the Chicago Blackhawks and forward Jamal Mayers have agreed on a contract extension. Assuming these reports are confirmed within the next day, the deal would be a one year extension, worth $550,000 and an additional $50,000 as a signing bonus. The deal is similar to his contract signed at the start of the 2011-2012 season. The signing bonus has increased by an extra $25,000.
Mayers, who turns 38 this next October was used primarily on the fourth line during the 2011-2012 season. He played in 81 games and had 15 points (6G, 9A). He led the Hawks in penalty minutes with 91 and was a -4 on the campaign.
A tough veteran, who was counted on to protect the Blackhawks young, skill-type players, Mayers took that role to heart last season. Perhaps most notably in a game against San Jose, Jonathan Toews was repeatedly hit in the head by Sharks players. It was Mayers who stepped in to separate them and fought on his next shift.
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