The Chicago Blackhawks, parent club of the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, announced today that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Scott Darling and forwards Cody Bass and Pierre-Cedric Labrie on one-year contracts.
Darling, a Lemont, Ill., native, earned a 13-6-2 record with six shutouts, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage in 26 games last season with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, ranking second in the league in shutouts. He was named the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for December after finishing the month with a 6-1-0 record, two shutouts, a 1.12 GAA and a .964 save percentage.
The 25-year-old Darling has appeared in 27 career AHL games with Milwaukee and Hamilton after being selected by Phoenix in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Bass, 27, tallied 18 points (8g, 10a) and 132 penalty minutes in 58 AHL games with Springfield last season. He has earned 75 points (31g, 44a) and 545 penalty minutes in 270 career AHL games with Binghamton and Springfield, and has collected eight points (4g, 4a) in 30 career AHL postseason contests, helping Binghamton to the 2011 Calder Cup championship.
The Owen Sound, Ont., native has appeared in 49 career NHL games with Ottawa and Columbus, posting two goals and three assists. Bass was selected by Ottawa in the fourth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Labrie, 27, registered two goals and four assists with 112 penalty minutes in 38 regular-season games with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch this past season. He also skated in 13 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, recording 20 penalty minutes in those contests.
The Baie-Comeau, Que., native has posted five points (2g, 3a) and 65 penalty minutes in 46 regular-season career NHL games with Tampa Bay. He also has 125 points (52g, 73a) and 722 penalty minutes in 388 career AHL regular-season contests with Syracuse, Norfolk, Peoria and Manitoba.
Labrie has also added 11 points (5g, 6a) in 41 career AHL postseason games with Norfolk and Manitoba, winning a Calder Cup with Norfolk in 2012.