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MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 14: Look on Chicago Blackhawks Defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) at warmup before the Chicago Blackhawks versus the Montreal Canadiens game on March 14, 2017, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 14: Look on Chicago Blackhawks Defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) at warmup before the Chicago Blackhawks versus the Montreal Canadiens game on March 14, 2017, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks have had great players come an go through these last 10 years, but having to say goodbye to Niklas Hjalmarsson was kind of unexpected and sad.

There are superstar players, and then there are players that are lunch pail players that don’t light up the scoresheet, but they come to work everyday and do their best and sometimes win Championships.

Hjalmarsson was a player that blocked what seemed like every shot in the playoffs and always was matched up against the hardest offensive line which makes you always want to tip your cap to #4.

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On Wednesday Hjalmarsson said goodbye to the city of Chicago which is what a true fan favorite almost always does.

Hjalmarsson will be missed for sure next year, and poor Connor Murphy will be constantly compared to Hjalmarsson all next season. It will be even worse for Murphy when he does make mistakes that end up in the back of the net.

Thanks for all you did #4 for helping the Hawks win 3 Stanley Cups in 6 seasons and having Gary Bettman say that we have a dynasty Chicago.

Here are some morning links to start your Thursday. 

This is what Niklas Hjalmarsson had to say via Instagram about saying thanks to Chicago (CSN)

Looking back at the Patrick Sharp introduction at the Chicago Blackhawks convention (Blackhawks)

The Hobey Baker award winner will not be signing with the Colorado Avalanche (NBC Sports)

Looks like the dust has settled for now in Chicago (Hockey Buzz)

Blackhawk Up writer Aaron Goldschmidt was on this week’s podcast (Puckin Hostile)

Connor McDavid is disappointed about the NHL’s decision for not playing in the Olympics (Washington Post)

Here is the mock arbitration for Minnesota Wild’s Nino Niederreiter (Hockey Wilderness)

The Predators are expecting a decision from Mike Fisher soon (Tennessean)

Jim Nill‘s best trade was getting Tyler Seguin from Boston (Sportsday)

Next: What Can The Hawks Do With Hossa's LTIR Money

We know who will coach Team Canada for the Olympics, but who will be the players (Puck Daddy)

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