Niklas Hjalmarsson RUMORS & NEWS

  • Blackhawks’ Hjalmarsson-Oduya breakup has benefits

    Chicago Sun-Times "Over the last two seasons, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya gradually have become the Blackhawks’ top defensive pairing — their shutdown unit, the one that draws the toughest assignments and frees up Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook to face easier matchups and be more offensive-minded. But..." October 08

  • Blackhawks: Silence not hindering Hjalmarsson's game

    CSN Chicago "Niklas Hjalmarsson can’t verbally communicate with his Chicago Blackhawks teammates right now, a result of his taking a shot to the throat in Game 2. Still, teammates say he couldn’t help himself a time or two. “I think I heard him yell a few times last night,” Patrick Kane said. “So maybe..." May 08

  • Quenneville continues to rest regulars before playoffs

    Chicago Tribune "Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marcus Kruger were among the scratches for the Blackhawks' 7-5 loss to the Predators on Saturday night as coach Joel Quenneville continued to rest some starters in advance of the playoffs. It was the first time either player wasn't in the lineup this season, which left..." April 13

  • Hawks reward Hjalmarsson with 5-year extension

    Chicago Tribune "In the months following the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship in 2010 general manager Stan Bowman took a flamethrower to the roster that had captured the organization’s first title in 49 years. The salary cap-induced purge resulted in 10 players from the Cup winners headed elsewhere...." September 05

  • Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson click as blue-line partners for Hawks

    Chicago Sun-Times "If you ever need an honest, perceptive and genuinely thoughtful answer to any question, Johnny Oduya is your guy. The veteran Blackhawks defenseman is a font of perspicacity and perspective, an oasis of insight in a sporting desert of cliches and coach speak. But even Oduya pretty much came up..." February 24