Rozsival, Handzus return to Blackhawks; Emery departs

The Chicago Blackhawks brought back two key contributors to their Stanley Cup championship team and lost two others as NHL free agency opened Friday.

Defenseman Michal Rozsival agreed to a two-year contract while center Michal Handzus accepted a one-year deal to return to the Hawks. Backup goaltender Ray Emery left for the Philadelphia Flyers and winger Viktor Stalberg inked a deal with the Nashville Predators.

The 34-year-old Rozsival had 12 assists in 27 regular-season games in his first campaign with the Hawks after signing as a free agent last summer. He developed into a solid contributor down the stretch of the season, including seeing time on power play, and in 24 postseason games had four assists.

Handzus, who was acquired by the Hawks from San Jose Sharks on April 1, had a goal and five assists in 11 regular-season games and then flourished as the No. 2 center in the playoffs with three goals and eight assists.

Meanwhile, the Hawks will have a new backup goalie in 2013-14 as Emery, who teamed with Corey Crawford to win the William B. Jennings Trophy awarded to team with the lowest goals-against average, signed a one-year, free-agent contract with the Flyers. The deal is reportedly for $1.65 million.

Stalberg signed a four-year, $12 million contract with the Preds and will make $2.5 million in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and $3.5 million in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

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Ray Emery celebrates at the Blackhawks victory rally (Andrea Darlas / WGN Radio)

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