Blackhawks re-sign solid rookies Bourque, Keith

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday locked up a pair of promising rookies.

Left wing Rene Bourque and defenseman Duncan Keith, two of the few bright spots for the Blackhawks in 2005-06, re-signed with the team on Thursday.

Bourque received a two-year contract and Keith got a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bourque, 24, recorded 16 goals and 18 assists in 77 games as a rookie last season. His 34 points ranked fourth on the team.

During the NHL lockout campaign in 2004-05, Bourque scored 33 goals for Norfolk and was named to the American Hockey League All-Star team.

Keith, 23, led the team in ice time, logging nearly 23
minutes per game to rank second among rookies. He recorded nine
goals and 12 assists in 81 games.

A second-round pick out of Michigan State in 2002, Keith played
for the Norfolk of the AHL for two seasons before being

The Blackhawks also signed left wing Michael Holmqvist to a one-year deal on Thursday. Holmqvist was acquired from Anaheim last July in a deal for left wing Travis Moen.

Holmqvist had 10 goals and 10 assists in 72 games with the Blackhawks and was a vital member of a penalty-killing unit that ranked ninth in the league.

A first-round pick of Anaheim in 1997, Holmqvist played part of the 2003-04 season with the Ducks and scored two goals in 21 games.