• Blackhawks extend contracts of Morin, Smith, Raanta

    Summary of 4 articles · Updated Jun 27, 2014
    Smith and Raanta had been eligible to become restricted free agents on July 1. The Chicago Blackhawks on Friday agreed to terms with forward Ben Smith and goaltender Antti Raanta on two-year contract extensions. Smith's extension is worth $1.5 million on average per year, while Raanta's is $750,000 on average per year, a source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun. Raanta, 25, went 13-5-4 in 25 games as a rookie with a 2.71 goals-against average and .897 save percentage. Smith, 25, had 14 goals and 26 points in 75 regular-season games for the Blackhawks this season, adding four goals and six points in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The 25-year-old Smith had 14 goals and 12 assists in 75 games in his first full season. It was his first season in North America after going 54-33-21 with 10 shutouts over four seasons with Assat Pori in the Finnish elite league Liiga.

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