PHILADELPHIA -- Stan Bowman kicked off what likely will be a busy weekend for the general manager when the Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms on two-year contracts extensions with forwards Ben Smith and Jeremy Morin and goaltender Antti Raanta on Friday.
Smith's deal is reportedly worth $3 million (with an average $1.5 million salary-cap hit) while Raanta signed for $1.5 million ($750,000 cap hit) and Morin for $1.6 million ($800,000 hit).
Smith was a regular on the fourth line last season and finished with 14 goals and 12 assist2 in 75 regular-season games.
Raanta served as the backup to Corey Crawford in 2013-14 and went 13-5-4 with a 2.71 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage in 25 appearances.
As far as Morin, the 23-year-old winger who is still trying to earn a regular roster spot, he has five goals and six assists in 24 regular-season games and also appeared in two games in the playoffs.
All three players were restricted free agents and Bowman is juggling signing them, preparing for the Hawks' first-round (27th overall) in the draft that will begin Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center and talking trades with other NHL general managers.
A source said the Hawks are listening to offers for veteran winger Patrick Sharp. The Hawks were also in on discussions with Ryan Kesler, but the center was traded from the Vancouver Canucks to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.