Veteran defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson is nothing if not loyal. In his 14-year NHL career, Hjalmarsson has never once tested the free-agent market. Instead, he has always signed an extension with his current team, each time arguably below market value as well. Hjalmarsson spent a decade in Chicago to begin his career, playing a key role in three Stanley Cup championships.

Then, after the team traded him to the Arizona Coyotes, Hjalmarsson again decided to re-sign with his team, despite an unfamiliar rebuild underway in the desert.

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This season, in the final year of his current contract, Hjalmarsson even told the Coyotes that he would not waive his no-movement clause, opting instead to stick it out with his team. It should come as no surprise then that, with the 33-year-old finally expected to become a free agent this summer, he is considering a return to a former team.