The 30-year-old Hjalmarsson, a three-time Stanley Cup winner, will play alongside his friend and fellow Swede Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the Coyotes’ top defense pair.
He’s a guy we targeted for a while now, Chayka said. We think Hjalmarsson is a perfect partner for (Ekman-Larsson), who struggled last season. That was the genesis of that move. Oliver, what makes him special, is his play with the puck, his offensive side of the game, the way he makes plays. And Hjalmarsson is an elite defender, one of the best, and he will free Oliver up to do his thing. Plus they’re good friends, both from Sweden, so I think there’s a lot of synergy there.
The 35-year-old right wing has signed a two-year deal with the Hurricanes, bringing him back to the team with which he won a Stanley Cup in 2006. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Williams, whose NHL-record 14 points in Game 7s during his career earned him the nickname Mr. Game 7, scored 48 points with the Capitals last season.
Sharp, a key member of three Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks teams, is headed back to Chicago, according to multiple reports. The 35-year-old left wing spent the past two seasons with the Dallas Stars, but the Chicago Tribune reports he is taking a steep discount to return to the Windy City. Sharp spent 10 seasons with the Blackhawks, scoring a career-high 78 points in the 2013-14 season, before being traded to Dallas. He scored 18 points in 48 games last season, as he dealt with injuries. He had season-ending hip surgery in March and was expected to need four to five months to recover.
You know what, I can’t explain it, Senators coach Guy Boucher said when asked about Karlsson’s ability to play at a high level through injury.
No one can.