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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) wasn't on the ice with the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Hjalmarsson has already missed six straight games, but Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet doesn't expect to have him back for at least another week. Hjalmarsson has four assists in 17 games this season. Dec 13 - 4:08 AM

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Niklas Hjalmarsson will not play Saturday night against the Blue Jackets.

He is still dealing with an upper-body injury he sustained November 28th and did not travel with his teammates to Columbus. Consider Hjalmarsson day-to-day.
Dec 9 - 12:53 PM

There was no update on Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) on Tuesday after practice.

Coach Rick Tocchet did not sound optimistic about the defenseman's status. Hjalmarsson has been sidelined since Nov. 28 with an upper-body injury.
Dec 5 - 3:28 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper-body) is not present at practice today.

He is likely to miss his second straight game. With just four points in 17 games, the 30-year-old is very limited offensively.
Source: Dave Vest
Dec 2 - 12:14 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) suffered an upper-body injury in Tuesday's game against the Oilers and he was unable to return.

Hjalmarsson was able to return to the lineup Nov. 20 after missing 10 games due to a previous upper-body injury, but his latest healthy stint lasted just four-plus contests. It's uncertain if he aggravated his previous injury, suffered a new ailment and if he will need to miss additional time. His biggest benefit to fantasy owners is his willingness to sacrifice his body and block shots, but he also suffers a lot of injuries that way as he gets older.
Nov 29 - 1:01 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) is expected to return Monday night against Toronto.

Hjalmarsson has missed the last 10 games with an upper-body injury. He was paired with Alex Goligoski during the morning skate and he has been activated from injured reserve.
Nov 20 - 2:06 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) will miss Saturday's game against Ottawa.

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

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

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