Blackhawks Offseason 2012: Chicago Re-Signs Brandon Bollig, Ben Smith

The Chicago Blackhawks were busy this weekend. The team announced on Monday morning that they have re-signed three players: forwards Brandon Bollig and Ben Smith, as well as goaltender Carter Hutton. Although the monetary terms of the deals have only been released as far as Smith goes, the length of the contracts for all three are known:

Bollig appeared in 18 games last season after being called up from the AHL and scored his first career goal in Chicago's series vs. the Phoenix Coyotes. Smith, who spent most of 2012 in the AHL, will be paid $550,000 in the first year if he stays with the team or $105,000 if he's optioned to the minors and $575,000 in the second year regardless of where he is. Hutton also spent most of last season in the AHL, but was called up in March after an injury to Ray Emery.

The Blackhawks also announced that they have released goalie Alexander Salak.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, head over to Blackhawks blog Second City Hockey. And for more news and notes from around hockey, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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