Two days after extending goaltender Corey Crawford’s contract, the Chicago Blackhawks did the same Wednesday morning for defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, extending his contract for five years through the 2018-19 NHL season.
Pierre LeBrun of TSN Hockey reported the deal is worth $4.1 million per year on average.
Hjalmarsson deal with Hawks worth $4.1 M per year on average
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) September 4, 2013
Hjalmarsson, 26, won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013 with the Blackhawks. During the 2013 Stanley Cup playoff run, he registered five assists and a career-best +10 plus/minus rating in 23 playoff games.
The Eksjo, Sweden native, recorded 10 points (2G, 8A) and had a career-high +15 rating in 48-regular season in 2013. In 306 career regular-season games, he has recorded 56 points (9G, 47A) and a +48 rating, while adding 17 points (1G, 16A) in 75 post-season games.
Hjalmarsson was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the fourth round (108th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.