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Blackhawks ink Salak to 2-year deal, Froese and Gilbert to 3-year contracts

CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks have signed goaltender Alexander Salak to a two-year contract and forwards Byron Froese and David Gilbert to three-year deals.

The 24-year-old Salak helped lead Farjestad BK to the 2011 Swedish Elitserien championship, ranking second along league goalies with a 1.97 GAA and .926 save percentage in 33 regular-season contests.

He was acquired by Chicago, along with forward Michael Frolik, in a trade with the Florida Panthers on Feb. 9. He played in two games for the Panthers last season.

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Froese had 43 goals for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League last season and was a fourth-round pick of Chicago in 2009.

Gilbert played with Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and also with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League last season. He was a seventh-round pick of Chicago two years ago.