Blackhawks sign Smith, Raanta to two-year extensions

Friday June 27th, 2014

The Chicago Blackhawks signed forward Ben Smith and goaltender Antti Raanta to two-year extensions, the team announced Friday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Smith's deal is for $1.5 million per season, while Raanta's is worth $750,000 per season, according to's Pierre LeBrun.

Both had been restricted free agents. 

Smith, 25, had his best year to date in 2013-14, playing 75 regular season games for the Blackhawks, scoring 14 goals and adding 12 assists. In Chicago's playoff run, he scored four goals in 19 games. 

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Raanta, 25, backs up starting goaltender Corey Crawford, and started 22 games for Chicago last season. He had a 2.71 goals-against-average and went 13-5-4. 

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