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Blackhawks, Nick Leddy agree to contract — source

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy (8) gets tangled up with BostBruins left wing Brad March(63) second period during Game 2

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy (8) gets tangled up with Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) in the second period during Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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The Blackhawks and restricted free agent Nick Leddy agreed to a new contract today, a source told the Sun-Times. The Hawks are expected to announce the deal shortly. Details of the contract are not yet known, but it’s believed to be a two-year deal.

The move comes as no surprise, as Hawks general manager Stan Bowman has said repeatedly that he would re-sign Leddy, and would match any offer sheets that came his way. Free agency begins in earnest on July 5.

Leddy had six goals and 12 assists during the regular season. He had just two assists during the Hawks’ run to the Stanley Cup, seeing his minutes dwindle drastically during the Stanley Cup Final. Still, the Hawks are very high on the speedy, puck-moving defenseman, who is only 22.

The only other restricted free agent the Hawks have is center Marcus Kruger. Kruger’s agent, J.P. Barry, said on Tuesday that the two sides were trying to work out a two-year deal.

“We certainly are going to sign both of those players,” Bowman said of Leddy and Kruger after Sunday’s draft. “There’s still plenty of work to do. This isn’t the end of it.”

Leddy’s agent, Neil Sheehy, declined to comment until a deal was officially announced, but tweeted out the following on Wednesday afternoon: “Nick Leddy loves playing for the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Expect an announcement from the Hawks on Nick’s future with Club.”

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