The Chicago Blackhawks will match the San Jose Sharks' four-year, $14 million offer to defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson.
"We've been meeting over the past couple days, and Niklas [was] a big part of our success last year," Chicago general manager Stan Bowman said. "He's part of our core that is going to be together for a long time."
Coach Joel Quenneville praised Hjalmarsson's dependability.
"I'm happy for us, I'm happy for Nik," Quenneville said. "He's a very dependable ...