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Niklas Hjalmarsson finally feels back to normal after returning from the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"I started feeling normal again (Wednesday)," Hjalmarsson said. "It's been the same thing for most of the other guys, too, so I can't complain, but it's been an adjustment. I haven't been sleeping as much as you want." The timezone change and travel will impact everyone differently. Hjalmarsson won a silver medal with Sweden at the Winter Games.

Niklas Hjalmarsson D CHI 3 Months

Niklas Hjalmarsson got his fourth goal of the 2013-14 campaign in Sunday's shootout loss to San Jose.

Hjalmarsson has set new career highs this season with four goals and 18 points in 45 games. He leads the Blackhawks with 89 shot blocks and he has recorded a plus-13 rating.

Niklas Hjalmarsson D CHI 5 Months

Niklas Hjalmarsson scored a goal in Saturday's 5-2 win over Phoenix.

Hjalmarsson has four points in his last five games. He's likely to shatter his career-high of 17 points after recording 13 points in his first 28 contests this season.

Niklas Hjalmarsson D CHI 5 Months

Niklas Hjalmarsson collected two helpers Wednesday night.

He earned an assist on Chicago's tying goal from Patrick Sharp and he helped set up Patric Kane's game winner late in the third. Hjalmarsson looks like he is going to set new personal bests for assists and points this season. He already has 10 helpers and 12 points in 26 games.

Niklas Hjalmarsson D CHI 5 Months

Niklas Hjalmarsson has a goal and seven assists in 16 games this season.

"The coaches have always tried to push me on that side of my game," Hjalmarsson said. "They always tell me to try to participate a little bit more offensively. I think I'm just getting more comfortable with the puck. I've been here for a couple of years now, and you just get more comfortable as you rack up the years here. I'm just feeling confident in my game." He's currently on pace for about 36 assists, which would more than double his previous career high. Hjalmarsson contributed eight helpers and 10 points in 46 games during the lockout-shortened season.

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Niklas Hjalmarsson is surprisingly tied for the team lead in scoring.

He has contributed six assists through nine games to tie him with Chicago's early-season scoring leaders Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad. "It's always nice to see," Hjalmarsson said. "I've deserved those assists I've gotten so far. I'm trying to create more and trying to join the rush a little bit more." He also has a plus-7 rating, 10 shots and 21 blocks. His scoring pace will probably slow down though, as he has never reached the 20-point mark in his career and his previous personal high for points in a year came in 2009-10 when he posted 17.

Niklas Hjalmarsson D CHI 8 Months

Niklas Hjalmarsson suggested that he might have given Chicago something of a hometown discount when he inked his five-year/$20.5 million contract.

"Maybe I could have gotten more somewhere else but I make a lot of money so I don't really have to think about that too much," said Hjalmarsson. "I really like playing for Chicago. I've been here for my whole career overseas and it pretty much feels like home. To imagine playing for a different team is tough for me because I feel so much for the city and for the team." Hjalmarsson is a top-four defenseman that blocks shots and kills penalties. That being said, he doesn't do much offensively.

Niklas Hjalmarsson D CHI 8 Months

Niklas Hjalmarsson's new five-year deal with Chicago is reportedly worth $4.1 million annually.

Hjalmarsson will still come with a $3.5 million cap hit in 2013-14 before his new contract kicks in. Chicago has $36.6 million in cap space spent on seven players for the 2015-16 campaign, not including potential unrestricted free agents Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Although the cap will presumably increase significantly over the next couple years, they might still find themselves in a difficult position at that point.

Niklas Hjalmarsson D CHI 8 Months

Niklas Hjalmarsson has agreed to a five-year extension with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The financial terms haven't been revealed yet, but he still has one campaign at $3.5 million left on his old deal. Hjalmarsson had two goals and 10 points in 46 games last season. He's a solid top-four blueliner, but he doesn't do a ton offensively and that isn't expected to change.

Niklas Hjalmarsson D CHI 10 Months

Niklas Hjalmarsson was a team-worst minus-three in Chicago's 6-5 overtime win Wednesday.

"I hope it was entertaining for you guys. Personally I didn't feel like that at all as a defenseman. Five goals against is too much. I was on the ice for three of them," Hjalmarsson said. "As long as we win I'll be minus-3 every single game. I'm just happy with the outcome." The last time he was a minus player was June 2 against the Los Angeles Kings. Interestingly, Chicago won that game too.