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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 looked good Friday night in his first game since November 28th.
Hjalmarsson had been sidelined with an upper-body-injury for the last six weeks but was strong in 19:53 of ice time, taking a shot on goal and blocking three shots. The veteran defenseman was happy to be back in the Coyotes' lineup. "I'm excited to be back. It was really frustrating. I had never been out for that long of a period. You get a lot of time to reflect and you start missing the guys. After a while, you almost don't want to watch the games because you feel bad." If you need Hjalmarsson, and you have not already done so, activate him. Jan 13 - 1:00 PM

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Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) will make his return on Friday.

This will be Hjalmarsson's first game since Nov. 28. It's a nice gain for the Coyotes as he was logging 20:57 minutes per contest before getting hurt. He has four assists in 17 games this season.
Jan 12 - 2:48 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson will not play Saturday night against the Rangers.

He is still recovering from an upper-body injury and will wait until after the Coyotes' five-day break to return to action.
Source: AZS Sports
Jan 6 - 12:42 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) is close to rejoining the Coyotes.

Hjalmarsson has already resumed practicing and Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet didn't dismiss the possibility of him being available on Thursday. At the same time though, Tocchet did caution that the Coyotes want to make sure he's definitely ready before putting Hjalmarsson back in the lineup, so if there's any debate on the matter then they'll probably err on the side of caution.
Jan 4 - 9:42 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) took part in Saturday's practice.

Hjalmarsson won't return to the Coyotes' lineup on Sunday though. He has four assists in 17 games this season.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 04:46:00 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) is expected to practice with the Coyotes on Saturday.

Hjalmarsson last played on Nov. 28. It's not yet clear when his return date might be, but the fact that he's expected to resume practicing suggests that he's getting close.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 03:10:00 PM

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.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 04:08:00 AM

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.
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 12:53:00 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.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 03:28:00 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
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 12:14:00 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.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 01:01:00 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.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 02:06:00 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.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 06:08:00 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.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 03:22:00 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.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 04:42:00 AM

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