Blackhawks Acquire Oduya from Winnipeg

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Johnny Oduya from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 2nd and 3rd round pick in 2013. 

Addressing a very glaring need for the Hawks on the blue line, GM Stan Bowman paid a decent price to land the 6'0" 190 lbs defenseman from Sweden in the hopes that he will help cut back on Chicago's recent defensive woes. 

In 63 games this year, Oduya has two goals and thirteen points and is a minus nine. His production this year has not been as significant as it has in recent years, but a change of scenery can certainly help with that.

Oduya carries a $3.5 Million dollar cap hit that will fit snugly into the remaining cap space held by the Blackhawks as we near the post season. With just over  4 million dollars in cap space to play with, the Blackhawks were able to make this deal without moving any roster players. 

However, there is no guarantee that Bowman is done making deals yet, as there is still time remaining before the deadline to pull off another move.

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George Prax's picture

High price to pay for a depth defenseman but I think Oduya will be a good fit.

Matt Cefalu's picture

It is a high price for sure. But looking at how awful the Hawks defense has been this year, I'm willing to pay that much. Bowman gets a low grade for his deadline deals, but it's better than nothing.