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.
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.