By Chris Block
Blackhawks announced they’ve re-signed three restricted free agents today.
Ben Smith, Brandon Bollig and goaltender Carter Hutton all inked new deals.
According to reports, Smith and Bollig each signed two-year contracts.
Bollig’s first year is a two-way deal. He’ll be paid at a rate of $575,000 in the NHL and $105,000 if he plays in the AHL. His second year is a one-way contract paying him $575,000.
Ben Smith is also on a two-way contract for 2012-13. Smith will reportedly earn $550,000 when he’s playing at the NHL level and $105,000 in the minors. In 2013-14, Smith has a guaranteed contract for $575,000.
Carter Hutton agreed to a one-year, two-way contract.
–On Friday, the Blackhawks placed goaltender Alexander Salak on waivers. The rest of the league has apparently passed on Salak. Today it was announced the Blackhawks and Salak agreed to an outright release. Read more
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Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times has a quick Q&A with Dan Carcillo here.
Jahns asked Carcillo to describe himself away from the ice. Carcillo said what pretty much every one of his former teammates will say, and its that he’s “pretty much the exact opposite.” (Opposite, that is, of a loose cannon. My words)
Carcillo: “If something irks me or gets me upset, I usually take it out on the ice.”
That explains a lot.
–Former Blackhawk goaltender Jimmy Waite is the new goaltending coach for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL). Waite is the younger brother of current Blackhawks’ goaltending coach Stephane Waite. Jimmy, who is now 42, continued his playing career in Europe until retiring at age 40. He returns to coach the team he played junior hockey with, the same Chicoutimi organization Waite was playing for when the Hawks drafted him 8th overall in 1987 NHL Draft. The president of the current day Sagueneens is Guy Carbonneau.
–Apparently there is a site in Europe pushing a rumor saying David Aebischer will be traded to Fribourg-Gotteron soon and Cristobal Huet is out attributing me as the source. That’s not even close to what I wrote.
–The Maple Leafs revealed their roster for the round-robin rookie camp tournament taking place September 10 – 13 in Oshawa. The Blackhawks, Senators and Penguins are the other teams involved.
–Jeremy Roenick reenacts famous “Swingers” scene. [Yahoo!]
–For those who missed our note the other day, yesterday, August 16, marked the 15-year anniversary of the trade that sent Jeremy Roenick to Phoenix for Alexei Zhamnov. Read more
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