Chicago Blackhawks' Niklas Hjalmarsson, of Sweden, controls the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis, in this Feb. 28, 2013 file photo. The Blackhawks have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Hjalmarsson. The deal announced Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, runs through the 2018-19 season. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a five-year contract extension with defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson.
The deal announced Wednesday runs through the 2018-19 season. It comes after the team agreed to a six-year extension with goalie Corey Crawford through 2019-20 on Monday.
Hjalmarsson helped the Blackhawks win their second Stanley Cup in four years last season, recording five assists and a plus-10 plus/minus rating in 23 playoff games.
A fourth-round draft pick by Chicago in 2005, Hjalmarsson has 56 points (9 goals, 47 assists) and a plus-48 rating in 306 career regular-season games to go with 17 points (one goal, 16 assists) in 75 playoff games.