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Connor Murphy signs four-year extension with Chicago Blackhawks

Apr 27, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy (5) defends Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 27, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy (5) defends Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Defenseman Connor Murphy is staying with the Chicago Blackhawks for the long term, signing a four-year, $17.6 million contract extension on Tuesday.

The contract will take effect at the start of the 2022-23 season. He has one year left on the six-year, $23.1 million deal he signed with the Arizona Coyotes on July 28, 2016.

The Blackhawks acquired Murphy, 28, and Laurent Dauphin on June 23, 2017, in a trade that sent Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona.

“When we acquired Connor in the summer of 2017, we had visions of him growing as both a player and leader in our organization for many years,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. “He has transformed into a defenseman capable of matching up with the opponent’s best players and someone we trust to help us preserve a lead in the final minutes. Connor’s voice carries weight in our locker room as a veteran presence, and we’re thrilled that his development and leadership will continue as a Blackhawk.”

Murphy, the No. 20 overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, spent his first four seasons with the Coyotes. In 494 career games, Murphy has recorded 110 points (28 goals, 82 assists).

In the 2020-21 season, he tallied 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) along with 35 penalty minutes in 50 games.

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