Minnesota defenseman Nick Leddy is leaving school after one season to sign with the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks.
The Star Tribune of Minneapolis and the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that Leddy agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract. It would pay him the rookie maximum $900,000 a year if he plays with the Blackhawks or $67,500 if he is with Rockford of the AHL.
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Leddy was the 16th overall pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft by Minnesota, which traded his rights to Chicago earlier this year.
He had 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 30 games last season for Minnesota.