Top 5 best discount defensemen the Blackhawks can sign in NHL free agency

The Chicago Blackhawks most likely won’t attract any big-name defenseman during NHL free agency, thanks to their current rebuild.

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Colin Miller is a reliable journeyman who can play 15 to 16 minutes a night

Colin Miller is another career journeyman who, while he’s never hoisted a Stanley Cup, he’s been part of several great teams. That said, he would step right into the organization and offer more than enough wisdom for what it takes to build a winning hockey team in this league, even if it will be at least another year before Chicago even thinks about contending again. 

He’s seen time on the Boston Bruins and also the Vegas Golden Knights during the latter’s Stanley Cup run in 2018. He was on the Dallas Stars last season, and he is currently in Winnipeg. Despite playing for some of the best organizations in the league, Miller also knows a little about rebuilding, given his three-year stint with the Buffalo Sabres. 

Next season will also be his 10th in the league, so like a few names that will also appear on this list, Miller brings hordes of experience with him. And while he won’t give you over 16 minutes per game, on average, Miller is a sneaky two-way player, having scored 41 points once during his time in Vegas, and his career Corsi For Percentage at 5-pn-5 is also a shade under 54 percent.