Before the NHL Draft starts on Friday, the Blackhawks have been busy.
The Hawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Ben Smith and goaltender Antti Raanta on two-year contract extensions, which run through the end of the 2015-16 season. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun is reporting Raanta’s deal has a $750,000 cap hit, while Smith’s has a $1.5M cap hit.
UPDATE: Chicago has also agreed to a two-year, one-way deal with forward Jeremy Morin.
Of course, that is the season that new contracts for Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad (among others) would begin.