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Hawks extend Niklas Hjalmarsson

Updated: September 4, 2013, 2:13 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Blackhawks and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson agreed to a five-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

A league source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that the deal averages $4.1 million per season.

Hjalmarsson was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013-14 season. His new contract will run through the 2018-19 season.

"It's been a pretty unbelievable summer, that's for sure," Hjalmarsson said Wednesday. "It's going to be tough ...

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