Niklas Hjalmarsson agree to 2-year contract extension with Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) shields San Jose Sharks centre Melker Karlsson. (Rick Scuteri/AP)

The Arizona Coyotes have agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract extension with defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson that will begin in 2019. The deal can’t be officially signed until July 1.

Hjalmarsson, 31, is entering the final year of a five-year, $20.5 million contract that he signed with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2014. He was acquired by the Coyotes from the Blackhawks in a trade last summer.

In 48 games last season, Hjalmarsson had one goal, eight points and 18 penalty minutes.

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