Blackhawks extend three players

Updated: June 27, 2014, 3:06 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

PHILADELPHIA -- The Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday they have re-signed forwards Ben Smith and Jeremy Morin along with goaltender Antti Raanta to two-year contract extensions.

All three players were set to become restricted free agents on July 1.

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.

The 25-year-old Smith, a 2008 sixth-round draft pick by the Blackhawks, played his first full season in the NHL this past season. He had 14 goals, 12 assists and was a plus-3 in 75 regular-season games.

He helped solidify the Blackhawks' fourth line, and his versatility was also used in a number of other roles, including at second-line center in the playoffs.

Raanta, also 25, originally signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks prior to last season after starring in Finland's Liiga. He had a 13-5-4 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and .897 save percentage in 25 games for the Blackhawks during the 2013-14 season.

He is expected to again back up Blackhawks No. 1 goaltender Corey Crawford next season.

Morin, 23, had 11 points in 24 games with the Blackhawks this season.

Scott Powers is the Blackhawks beat reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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