Niklas Hjalmarsson said Chicago feels like home to him and his wife. It should be for the next six years.
The Chicago Blackhawks announced Wednesday that Hjalmarsson, a 26-year-old defenseman and two-time Stanley Cup winner, agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $4.1 million annually. Hjalmarsson has one year left on his current contract, which carries an annual NHL salary-cap charge of $3.5 million.
"I'm really excited with the extension here and I'm really looking forward to next season, and that me and my wife get to stay in Chicago for six more years," Hjalmarsson said during a conference call Wednesday. "I love the city. I love the people in Chicago. They're really friendly and playing in the United Center in front of 23,000 people every game, it's really inspiring. On top of that, we have a good team that can compete for the Cup every year. I really wanted to stay in Chicago and I'm really glad I got the opportunity to do that."