Hawks sign Bollig, Smith, Hutton

June, 18, 2012
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have come to terms with forwards Brandon Bollig and Ben Smith on two-year contracts and goalie Carter Hutton on a one-year deal, the team announced on Monday. The Hawks also released goaltender Alexander Salak.

Bollig’s contract is a two-way deal for his first year and a one way for his second that will pay him $575,000 per season, according to a source. A one-way deal means a player is paid the same NHL salary whether he’s playing in the minors or the NHL. No other terms for the contracts were released.

Bollig, 25, appeared in 18 regular season games and four postseason contests in his rookie year in the NHL this past season. He earned nine fighting majors and scored his first career goal in Game 2 of the Hawks playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Smith, 23, has six goals in parts of two seasons with the Blackhawks, including an overtime game-winning tally in Game 6 of the 2011 playoffs against Vancouver. He started and finished the 2011-2012 season with injuries but had 15 goals in 38 games with Rockford of the AHL this past year.

Hutton, 26, compiled a 22-13-4 record with three shutouts, a career-best 2.35 goals-against average, and a .917 save percentage in 43 regular-season games with Rockford last season.

Salak was signed to a two-year deal last summer but underperformed compiling a 6-10-2 record and 2.69 GAA in 21 games for Rockford. He’s owed $600,000 for the final year of his contract.

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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