Big Buff Chicago's Cap Victim

The Chicago Blackhawks have made the first step in fixing their cap issues by trading Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and a prospect to the Atlanta Thrashers for a 1st-round pick, a 2nd-round pick, prospect Jeremy Morin and Marty Reasoner.

Not a fan of this at all since Byfuglien was arguably their most valuable player in the playoffs. I would have traded Kris Versteeg before getting rid of Buff.

TSN's Article

Dustin Byfuglien, one of the breakout players for the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks last season, is in the process of being traded to the Thrashers, pending league approval.

Byfuglien, along with Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Akim Aliu, will be headed to Atlanta in exchange for the 24th overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the 54th pick, Marty Reasoner and Jeremy Morin.

The picks that Chicago get in the deal were acquired by Atlanta in the trade that sent Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey last February.

The only hold-up on trade call appears to be tied to waiting for league personnel to land in Los Angeles. After that, the trade should be made official.

Byfuglien, 25, had 17 goals and 17 assists in 82 games with the Hawks last season.

At 6'4, 257 pounds, the Minnesota native will bring his thunderous size and strength to the struggling Thrashers franchise.

Byfuglien was originally selected 245th overall by the Blackhawks in the eighth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

More details to follow.