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Hawks' Morin, Smith, Raanta agree to extensions

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  • Right winger Ben Smith has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Blackhawks. Jeremy Morin and Antti Raanta also have agreed to two-year deals with the club.

      Right winger Ben Smith has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Blackhawks. Jeremy Morin and Antti Raanta also have agreed to two-year deals with the club.
    Associated Press

 
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On the eve of the NHL draft, the Chicago Blackhawks announced they have agreed to two-year contract extensions with forward Jeremy Morin, forward Ben Smith and backup goaltender Antti Raanta.

Each of the deals will run through the 2015-16 National Hockey League season, team officials said..

Morin, 23, tallied 11 points (5g, 6a) in 24 regular-season games last year with the Blackhawks and appeared in two Stanley Cup Playoff games with the club. He also recorded 47 points (24g, 23a) in 47 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Smith, 25, recorded career highs in nearly every statistical category last season, posting 26 points (14G, 12A) in 75 regular-season games with the Blackhawks. He native won 50.8 percent of his faceoffs and ranked second among team forwards with 58 blocked shots. Smith had 4 goals and 2 assists in 19 Stanley Cup playoff games last season, and was tied for third on the team with a +5 plus/minus rating and 28 blocked shots during the postseason.

Raanta, 25, posted a 13-5-4 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage in 25 appearances in his NHL debut last season.

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