Blackhawks Trade Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona

Hjalmarsson, 30, was the 108th overall selection in the 2005 NHL Draft. He has played his entire 623-game career with the Blackhawks and was a member of all three Stanley Cup winning teams in the last decade. He was credited with 23 hits and 181 blocked shots while averaging 21:29 per night on the ice.

Connor Murphy, 24, was the 20th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. Listed at 6-4 and 212 pounds, he posted 17 points in 77 games for the Coyotes last season. He was also credited with 201 hits and 119 blocked shots while averaging 19:10 on the ice per night.

Murphy has five years left on a contract with a $3.85M cap hit.

Laurent Dauphin, 22, was the 39th overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. Listed at 6-2 and 180 pounds, he has appeared in 32 NHL games over the last two seasons and has scored three goals with one assist.

Dauphin has one year left on a contract with a $745k cap hit.

27 thoughts on “Blackhawks Trade Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona

  1. Stan painted himself into a corner. Instead of making trades considering the players abilities and value, he makes the trades based on who does not have a no trade clauses.

    Good luck Hammer, this team just lost a warrior.

    Nice job…..Stanley

  2. Not a huge fan of this move. But a right handed d man signed for 5 more years at $3.85. Dauphin high skill fast but hasn’t been very good yet.

  3. I dont know boo about these guys to be honest. I do know Hammer will be missed. Thanks for everything Hammer!

  4. I love both of these trades… (especially if Murphy is as good a skater/puck mover as old scouting reports say) — Hammer 30 yrs/old. and lefty on RHD side… started getting old too my eyes

    Dauphin kid supposed to be great skater- and a little bigger than Kruger… so Kruger replacement??? win

    Forsberg–Backup goalie kid… great #’s in AHL,,, cheap… win

    Tab- Evidently SB/Hawks agreed with me … Saad > Panarin !!!! You know I wouldn’t let that one go!!!!!

    Reality is- Saad/panarin are both great players…. But cap/cost control + Saad can make 19 line GREAT checking line with more scoring… and Kane- can and will see lower level D lines to play with… and Kane scores with anyone!!! Schmaltz, Hartman, D-cat??? 2LW and or SB might still pull another Top 6 guy out of his butt!!!

    Another rumor- I read… Seabs to Leafs or Nucks… would love to see Hawks move up to pick Mittlestadt or Necas– Both centers can FLY!!!!

  5. Smart move by SB. I thought that Hammer’s skills had slipped over the past year or so… Getting younger is the direction we need to go.

  6. I am 100% on board with the Panarin/Saad trade … this one is a little more difficult to swallow. Aside from the expense I put out to purchase – not one, but two – Hjalmarsson jerseys over the years, a home and an away jersey – the goodness of this trade is not apparent. Hjalmarsson is by far the superior d-man so Murphy replacing Hjalmarsson’s ice time means the Hawks defense got worse. The difference in Cap hits isn’t very much although Murphy is locked in for 5 more years whereas Hjalmarsson has only 2 years left. But, what is the objective of making this trade – cost certainty for 5 years versus 2 years? I thought the objective was to win the Cup again in the next year or two before Keith’s play falls below elite level and that would mean in the next year or two rather than in years 3, 4 and 5 of Murphy’s deal.

    So, I guess I’ll just hope Murphy reaches his potential quickly and this will end up a good deal.

  7. It’s time the NHL salary caps becomes realistic. No other major professional sport forces you to gut your team because it’s successful. The NHL is heading for oblivion.

  8. NHL is not headed for Oblivion, they put in a bid for an expansion team but they chose Vegas instead. Wait….that was Quebec.

  9. Worst move since letting Bobby Hull go to Winnipeg. Hjalmarsson is was the best complete DEFENSEMAN they had; he plays the position as it’s supposed to be. As for going younger as an excuse, Keith, Seabrook, Campbell and Oduya were all older. None of them played to their capabilities. Dumb, careless move that they will regret.

    I’d like to propose a trade of Bowman for Tallon. Tallon built this team and now Bowman is dismantling it. Great job Scott.

  10. While hammer is only 30 he has a lot of miles on him. To me he looked like he was slowing down. i dont know the players they traded for but i think the idea of trading hammer while his value is still high makes sense. i say this as a big fan of hammer.

  11. Hockey Reference credits Murphy with 51 3 blocked to Hammers 459 over tbe last 3 seasons. Which was pleasantly surprising to see also he played top pairing minutes for the Coyotes too.

  12. Also got good speed to go with size and averaged over 19mins/game playing top pair in Arizona

  13. Hammer will always be an instrumental part of the “Core” that brought multiple Cups to the city…a true elite, defensive defenseman. Wishing him nothing but the best with the Coyotes and will look forward to his first return to the UC. I’m sure the Hawks faithful will acknowledge him loudly that night…he will be missed. What a warrior he was for the beloved…

    Someday when it’s all over for him will look forward to his final shift in the sweater one more time.

    Good luck Hammer!

  14. Zebra, other then 19/88/2/81 and that better not eve happen, Hammers will be the loudest we porn. will ever hear.

  15. Am a big fan of Hammer, but this trade works well for the Hawks. Maybe not for next year but certainly after that. Improves their contract position for many years. Murphy is a skilled, young, physical, right-handed shot. Maybe Dauphin turns into something but he at least improves the Ice Hogs.

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