Blackhawks hand three players two-year extensions

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – The Chicago Blackhawks each handed forwards Jeremy Morin and Ben Smith and goaltender Antti Raanta a two-year contract extension.

According to media reports, Smith’s contract has an average annual value of $1.5 million, Morin’s contract has an AAV of $800,000 and Raanta’s contract has an AAV of $750,000.

All three had been eligible to become restricted free agents on July 1.

The 23-year-old split last season between Chicago and its American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford. He scored five goals and 11 points in 24 regular-season games with the Blackhawks to go along with 24 goals and 47 points in 47 games with the IceHogs.

Morin also appeared in two games with the Blackhawks in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The 24-year-old Smith had 14 goals and 26 points in 75 regular-season games for the Blackhawks this season, adding four goals and six points in 19 playoff games. He was a member of their 2013 Stanley Cup championship team.

The 25-year-old Raanta, for his part, went 13-5-4 in 25 games as a rookie with a 2.71 goals-against average and .897 save percentage. 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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