Hawks sign Leddy for two years
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman tied up another loose end on Wednesday by getting defenseman Nick Leddy's name on as new two-year contract.
The 22-year-old Leddy would have become a restricted free agent on Friday.
"We are pleased to announce that Nick will remain a core member of our organization," Bowman said in a statement. "Over the course of the past three seasons, Nick has shown continuous development and we think he will be essential to our long-term success."
Leddy ranked third among Hawks defensemen this season 18 points (6 goals) and a plus-15 rating in 48 regular-season games. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native added 2 assists in 23 playoff games.
Leddy established career highs in goals, power-play goals (2) and game-winning goals (2).
"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to remain in Chicago and be a part of this special group of young, experienced players on a team in a winning environment," Leddy said in the same statement. "The organization is first class both on and off the ice, and I am honored to be a member of the Chicago Blackhawks."
Minnesota originally drafted Leddy 16th overall in 2009, but the Hawks acquired him along with defenseman Kim Johnsson Feb. 12, 2010 in exchange for defenseman Cam Barker. It was perhaps Bowman's finest trade.