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Niklas Hjalmarsson | Defenseman | #4

Team: Arizona Coyotes
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/6/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 197
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 4 (108) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) will miss Saturday's game against Toronto.
It will be Hjalmarsson's 10th straight game on the sidelines. The good news is that he might be back as early as Monday and should be back within the next week even if he doesn't return Monday. Nov 17 - 6:08 PM

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Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) has been moved to the injured reserve list.

Obviously that means Hjalmarsson won't return on Thursday. Putting him on the injured reserve list frees up a spot for Antti Raanta, who is returning from a lower-body injury.
Nov 2 - 3:22 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) isn't likely to return this week.

Arizona is scheduled to play on Thursday and Saturday, so consider Hjalmarsson doubtful for those two contests. Hjalmarsson's one of the Coyotes' top rookies, so missing him is a big blow, especially given how much the team has struggled early this season.
Nov 2 - 4:42 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) won't play Tuesday night.

Hjalmarsson was injured in Monday's overtime win over Philadelphia. Arizona called up Joel Hanley from the minors and he could play against Detroit if Adam Clendening continues to stay in the press box.
Oct 31 - 1:05 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson suffered an upper-body injury in Monday's game against the Flyers.

The Coyotes have already announced that he won't return to tonight's game. We'll consider Hjalmarsson day-to-day at this point.
Oct 30 - 9:31 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson was surprised and elated by his trade from Chicago to the Coyotes.

Hjalmarsson had only known the Blackhawks in the NHL as he played on their blueline for all or parts of 10 seasons. But he is looking forward to the new challenge of playing with Arizona and especially on the first pairing with Oliver Ekman-Larsson. "He’s one of the better D-men in the league, so hopefully I can complement him with just playing my style of hockey," said Hjalmarsson, of Ekman-Larsson. "At the same time, maybe try to develop a little bit more of a puck-moving element to my game and be more involved offensively. But at the same time, playing defense first has always been my strength. That’s what I’m expecting of myself." Hjalmarsson had only five goals and 18 points last season but the trade to Arizona should get him closer to 25-30 points.
Jun 25 - 7:43 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson is projected to play with Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Arizona's top defense pairing.

They were together at the World Cup of Hockey for Team Sweden and Ekman-Larsson is looking forward to playing with Hjalmarsson again. "He knows what it takes to win, and I think that's what we're missing right now," said OEL. Hjalmarsson doesn't do much on his own fantasy-wise, but his presence on the back end could free up Ekman-Larsson to do some additional damage offensively.
Jun 24 - 11:18 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Niklas Hjalmarsson from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin.

Hjalmarsson had five goals and 18 points in 73 games in 2016-17 while averaging 21:30 minutes per contest. This provides the Coyotes with an experienced top-four defenseman while the Blackhawks are clearing up a little cap space and getting some cost certainty as Murphy is both younger and locked up for far longer. Hjalmarsson has two seasons left on his five-year, $20.5 million contract.
Jun 23 - 12:26 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (personal) will not return on Thursday.

Hjalmarsson also missed Tuesday's game. He has five goals and 18 points in 73 games this season.
Apr 6 - 4:34 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (personal) won't play Tuesday night.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Hjalmarsson is back home "dealing with family matters." The Blackhawks defender and his wife are expecting their second child.
Apr 4 - 3:14 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson will return to action Sunday afternoon against the Wild.

He missed Friday night's game against the Red Wings for precuationary reasons. If you need Hjalmarsson, activate him now as Sunday's game starts at 12:30 pm EDT.
Mar 12 - 12:03 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson will be a healthy scratch against Detroit on Friday

The veteran defender along with Johnny Oduya are being held out for "precautionary" reasons, per coach Joel Quenneville. Which isn't to suggest there's an injury to report, rather that they could use some pacing down the stretch. The defender they call "Jammer" has suited up 61 times this season with 14 points and 157 blocks to his credit.
Mar 10 - 6:17 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson will pair with Johnny Oduya in Thursday's match with the Ducks.

Through 60 games this season Hjalmarsson has posted 14 points along with 156 blocks. He and Oduya will combine to create Chicago's second defensive unit.
Mar 9 - 6:23 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) has been taken off the injured reserve list.

Hjalmarsson was already projected to return on Thursday, so this can be seen as further confirmation. He last played on Feb. 23.
Source: CBS
Mar 8 - 6:08 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) should return on Thursday.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville predicted that Hjalmarsson will be available, though he first needs to be activated off the injured reserve list. Hjalmarsson last played on Feb. 23.
Mar 8 - 2:56 PM

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5Dave Bolland
LW1Max Domi
2Brendan Perlini
3Jordan Martinook
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5Nick Cousins
RW1Clayton Keller
2Christian Fischer
3Anthony Duclair
4Tobias Rieder
D1Oliver Ekman-Larsson
2Alex Goligoski
3Niklas Hjalmarsson
4Jason Demers
5Luke Schenn
6Joel Hanley
7Jakob Chychrun
8Kevin Connauton
G1Antti Raanta
2Scott Wedgewood