Hawks add Berard for mobility

Updated: October 31, 2003, 8:01 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Chicago Blackhawks signed free-agent defenseman Bryan Berard on Friday.

Berard signed a one-year deal worth $2.15 million, reports ESPN's Darren Pang. Because the deal is more than $2,008,000 -- 80 percent of the $2.51 awarded by an arbitrator this summer -- the Boston Bruins, Berard's former team, did not have the right to match.

"We felt we needed to improve our defense and Bryan Berard certainly does that for our team," Hawks GM and senior vice president Bob Pulford said in ...

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