Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman made it clear he was going to get defenseman Nick Leddy re-signed. On Wednesday, the Blackhawks did.
Leddy was signed to a two-year deal, the Blackhawks officially announced on Wednesday afternoon. The deal for the 22-year-old, a restricted free agent, is for $2.7 million per season.
Around 5 p.m. today Leddy’s agent, Neil Sheehy, tweeted the following:
“Nick Leddy loves playing for the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Expect an announcement from the ‘Hawks on Nick's future with Club.”
At around 6 p.m., that announcement came.
“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 a statement. “The organization is first class both on and off the ice, and I’m honored to be a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.”
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Leddy, who was paired with Michal Rozsival or Sheldon Brookbank as part of the Blackhawks’ third defensive pair, had six goals and 12 assists during the regular season. He had a relatively quiet postseason, and his minutes diminished in the Stanley Cup Final. But Bowman was looking at the big picture with his young defenseman, and said last week the Blackhawks were determined to keep him.
“Nick had a tremendous season if you look back,” Bowman said. “We’re excited about his future. He’s taken steps every year, and I expect next year to be another one where he’ll raise his game. He has that experience now, and we look forward to next year for him.”