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Sharks sign Hjalmarsson to offer sheet

Updated: July 9, 2010, 5:18 PM ET
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The San Jose Sharks signed Chicago Blackhawks restricted free agent Niklas Hjalmarsson to a four-year, $14 million offer sheet.

The Blackhawks have seven days to match or they will lose Hjalmarsson and receive a first-round and third-round pick in return.

"Teams realize Chicago's position with the salary cap, and Niklas is a good, young player on the rise," Hjalmarsson's agent, Kevin Epp, said.

The 23-year-old Hjalmarsson would help replace captain Rob Blake, who announced ...

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