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Is Nick Leddy here to stay?

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Hawks defenseman Nick Leddy has been nothing but impressive since being recalled on Jan. 7 from the Rockford IceHogs.

But has the rookie done enough to stay with the defending champions?

"We certainly like his three games since he's been back here," coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday after practice. "Him and Jordan [Hendry] have made a nice pair and he's useful in a lot of ways.

"We liked him earlier in the year and we think his upside in the NHL is definitely high end. We'll go on here without making any announcements. We like how he's played."

In others words, Leddy isn't going anywhere for the time being.

Leddy said there isn't much difference between this stint with the Hawks compared with his first stay at the start of the season.

''Not a ton," he said. "I just feel more prepared.''

But Quenneville said he has seen a difference in the 19-year-old, who has had success with Hendry as the third defensive pairing.

''Physically, he looks a little bigger [and] stronger,'' Quenneville said.

''I like his patience, his plays with the puck and his reads of the game. He just looks like he understands his positioning. I didn't mind it then [in October]. He just adds to it day-by-day.

''He should continue to get his positioning exactly where we want it to be. You just appreciate his reads and his poise out there for a young kid.''

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Dont send him anyplace...he's clearly getting developed so they can begin to get ready to unload Hjammer and his overdone fat undeserved contract of 3.5 million per...can you believe it? Look at his stats---they're just NOW getting to where Boynton and Cullimore have been---we got ripped off with this IKEA spokesman---big time. He's good, but Ice Hog kind of good. Sharks GM, formern and now never to be honored Hawk, Doug E Wilson, burned the rookie GM little Bowman last summer making him cough up big money for Hjammer so we couldnt keep others---particularly Ladd. Pump and Dump Hjammer---he's paid far far too much for the little he has contributed since the end of last Season..he sucked during the playoffs and has sucked the first half of this season. Ripped off....develop Nick Leddy to do what Hjammer does at about 600k per year.

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