Blackhawks sign defenceman Connor Murphy to four-year, $17.6M extension

Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Connor Murphy (5) and Nashville Predators centre Nick Cousins (21) battle for the puck in the second period on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed defenceman Connor Murphy to a four-year, $17.6-million contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

The deal runs through the 2025-26 season and carries a $4.4-million salary cap hit.

"When we acquired Connor in the summer of 2017, we had visions of him growing as both a player and leader in our organization for many years," general manager Stan Bowman said in a press release.

"He has transformed into a defenceman capable of matching up with the opponent's best players and someone we trust to help us preserve a lead in the final minutes. Connor's voice carries weight in our locker room as a veteran presence and we're thrilled that his development and leadership will continue as a Blackhawk."

The 28-year-old put up 15 points in 50 games for the Blackhawks last season, averaging a career-high 22:09 in ice time.

Murphy — a native of Dublin, Ohio — has recorded 110 points across 494 games in his eight-year career split between the Blackhawks and the Arizona Coyotes, who selected him in the first round (20th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

The defence-first rearguard — who clocks in at 6-4, 212 pounds — has also blocked at least 100 shots and logged at least 100 hits in the same season on six occasions.

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