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Gopher Hockey alum Nick Leddy has agreed to a two-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks that will keep the restricted free agent with the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions through the 2014-15 season. Terms of the contract have not been released.
"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to remain in Chicago and be a part of this special group of young, experienced players," Leddy said in Wednesday's team release . "The organization is first class both on and off the ice, and I am honored to be a member of the Chicago Blackhawks."
As Pro Hockey Talk points out, Leddy has appeared in every Blackhawks game over the last two seasons and set career highs in goals (six), plus/minus (plus-15), power-play goals (two) and game-winning goals (two) in this year's shortened regular season. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native, who ranked third among Blackhawks defensemen with 18 total points in the regular season, added two assists in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games as Chicago went on to defeat the Boston Bruins in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.
The 6-0, 191-pound defenseman has tallied 62 points (13 goals, 49 assists) in 176 career regular-season games with the Blackhawks from 2010 to 2013. He has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in 36 career postseason contests.
"We are pleased to announce that Nick will remain a core member of our organization," said Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman. "Over the course of the past three seasons, Nick has shown continuous development and we think he will be essential to our long-term success."
The defenseman was drafted 16th overall by the Minnesota Wild in 2009 and was traded to Chicago with Kim Johnsson for Cam Barker in 2010. Leddy spent the 2009-10 season with the Gophers and tallied 11 points and eight assists in 30 collegiate games.
Leddy is the second Gopher to sign a two-year NHL contract on Wednesday after Hobey Baker Award winner Jordan Leopold inked a two-year deal to remain with the St. Louis Blues earlier in the day.