Hawks to match offer to Hjalmarsson

Updated: July 13, 2010, 12:10 AM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

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 ...

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