Chicago Blackhawks trade Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona

The Chicago Blackhawks traded defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Coyotes in exchange for defensemen Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin. Hjalmarsson is 30 years old has played his entire ten-year career with Chicago and was a member of three Stanley Cup champion teams. In 623 career games, he has scored 23 goals and notched 120 assists. Last season, Hjalmarsson appeared in 73 games and scored 18 points (5G, 13A). He holds the franchise record for most playoff games played by a defenseman (128) and has two career goals and 26 assists in postseason play.

Connor Murphy is 24 years old and he just finished his fourth season in the NHL. Last season, he had two goals and a career-high 15 assists in 77 games. Laurent Dauphin is 22 years old and has played 32 career games in the NHL over the last two seasons with Arizona, scoring three goals and one assist.

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