The Chicago Blackhawks have signed defenseman Viktor Svedberg to a two-year contract extension running through the 2017-18 season, the team announced Monday. The one-way deal carries a $750,000 cap hit, according to the Chicago Tribune's Chris Hine.
Svedberg, 24, is the third player to receive an extension from the Hawks over the past few weeks. The team also signed forwards Marcus Kruger and Kyle Baun to multi-year extensions, helping to get some business out of the way before what should be another very busy summer.
First known as that defenseman who is really, really tall (6'9), Svedberg has appeared in 19 games for Chicago this season. He's rotated in and out of the team's final pairing, recording two goals and two assists, and has also played 36 games for Rockford.
Svedberg, like Kruger and Baun, would've become a restricted free agent this offseason if he didn't get extended. Instead, it seems that GM Stan Bowman is trying to get some players locked into salaries now so that he can figure out how to put this team together again over the summer.