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Defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson has signed a five-year contract extension with the Chicago Blackhawks. The deal is worth an average of $4.1 million per season.

Hjalmarsson, 26, had five assists and a postseason career-best plus-10 plus/minus rating in 23 playoff games en route to helping the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in June.

The Eksjo, Sweden, native tallied 10 points with a career-high plus-15 rating in 46 regular season games last season.

Niklas Hjalmarsson contract extension



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