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Hjalmarsson receives qualifying offer

Updated: June 26, 2010, 8:01 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks extended a qualifying offer to defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, a source has confirmed.

Hjalmarsson, Antti Niemi, Andrew Ladd, and Jordan Hendry are the four Blackhawks restricted free agents who can accept offer sheets from other teams if they are not signed to extensions before July 1.

As of Saturday afternoon, Ladd and Hendry had not received offers, setting them up to become unrestricted free agents. The deadline to qualify restricted free agents ...

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