The Chicago Blackhawks made a rather surprising move earlier this offseason when they did not make a qualifying offer to Dennis Rasmussen, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.
The Anaheim Ducks announced Friday afternoon that they have signed Rasmussen to a one-year contract. Although club policy prohibits the disclosure of financial terms, Brian Hedger is reporting that the deal is worth $725,000.
Rasmussen played in 112 games for the Blackhawks after coming over from Sweden prior to the 2015-16 season. He had eight goals, 17 points, a +5 goal differential and a 48.6 Corsi For %.
It was a curious decision by Stan Bowman to allow Rasmussen to hit free agency. He is a cheap and effective bottom six player. He was one of the few noticeable Blackhawks in their four game playoff loss to the Nashville Predators, scoring one of the team’s three goals in the series.
Shortly after the new contract was announced, Rasmussen took to his Twitter account to thank both the Blackhawks and their fans.
My sincere thanks to the @NHLBlackhawks organization for giving me my start in the NHL. It’s been a dream come true.— Dennis Rasmussen (@RasmussenDen) July 7, 2017
Thank you to all of the Blackhawks fans for your incredible support. It’s been an honor to skate for you and to be part of your community.— Dennis Rasmussen (@RasmussenDen) July 7, 2017