Blackhawks Sign RW Martin Lapointe
Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have signed free agent right winger Martin Lapointe to a three-year, $7.2 million contract.
"Martin is a physical forward who brings both skill and toughness to our team," said Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon. "He wanted to come to the Blackhawks and is very excited about playing in Chicago. He's not afraid to go to the front of the net. He is the type of player who fits into the style we want to play."
Lapointe, 31, 5'11" and 215 pound winger was a two-time Stanley Cup Champion who has registered 15-or-more goals seven-times during his career and 20-or-more goals once. He was Detroit's first choice, 10th overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He has appeared in 757 career NHL regular season NHL games recording 148 goals and 165 assists for 313 points and 1,143 penalty minutes while skating for the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins. Lapointe has also appeared in 104 career Stanley Cup playoff games recording 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points and 198 penalty minutes. He posted his best year in he NHL during the 2000-01 season recording career-highs in goals (27), assists (30), points (57) and penalty minutes (127).
Lapointe played in 78 games for the Bruins during the 2003-04 season registering 15 goals, 10 assists for 25 points and 67 penalty minutes. He also played in seven playoff games registering 14 penalty minutes. Lapointe ranked seventh on the Bruins in goal scoring, 11th in points and sixth in penalty minutes.
Lapointe did not play during the NHL work stoppage.