Blackhawks sign Garnet Exelby

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Chicago Blackhawks have signed defenseman Garnet Exelby to an NHL contract and have assigned him to Rockford of the AHL.

Exelby, who had been playing for the IceHogs as their captain on a tryout, had to clear waivers before being re-assigned there. He is now eligible to be recalled to the Blackhawks.

Exelby has played 408 career games in the NHL, most recently for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He went to training camp this year with the New York Rangers.

"Organizationally, he gives us another added defenseman," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said before Friday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Quenneville would not speculate if Exelby's recall to the Hawks was imminent.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.