But the Wings decided to keep Bernier — who returned to health just before the deadline after missing several weeks with a lower body injury — and it’s likely the organization will sign him to a new contract at some point.
“Having a young, physical defenseman like Riley in the fold is exciting for the future of our team,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. “He is growing into an excellent all-around defenseman and that continued development is something we look forward to seeing firsthand. We love his size, and his toughness adds another piece to our defense.”
Stillman was the guy out hunting Red Wings the last time we played the Blackhawks and the one who caught Frans Neilsen with that big check.