Monday, February 27, 2012

Oduya to Chicago

2011/2012 Stats2012July 1st Details
To ChicagoPosAgeGPGAPCap HitYearsCap Hit
Johnny OduyaD306321113$3.5m0UFA
To WinnipegPosAgeGPGAPCap HitYearsCap Hit
2013 2nd Round Draft Pick
2013 3rd Round Draft Pick

With Grant Clitsome now in tow in Winnipeg, the next best thing the Jets could do was deal Johnny Oduya, who had some real trade deadline value and they did... to Chicago.  In return, the Jets cash in with a 2nd and a 3rd round pick in the 2013 draft, which isn't a bad deal at all, could be argued that the Blackhawks paid too much.

Oduya is not a lights-out scoring defenseman, but he will be able to provide some depth to a Blackhawks team that has been reeling on the blueline, thanks to injuries and other miscellaneous concerns.  He could plug the gap that Niklas Hjalmarsson leaves behind, but I don't think that is what has been causing the downfall of the Blackhawks in the standings, to a point.  When the team gets Jonathan Toews back from injury, then the Blackhawks should be prepared for a run to stay in the top eight, then we'll see what Oduya can bring the club.

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