Skating in the Windy City

Johnny Oduya is now off to play for the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second and third round pick in 2013. The deal gives the Blackhawks defensive depth that they’ve been looking for and gets Oduya out of Winnipeg where he had become a bit of a whipping boy.

Oduya has lost the form he displayed in New Jersey which made him a key part of the Ilya Kovalchuk trade for the then-Thrashers. Obviously a lot of that has to do with no longer being a part of Jacques Lemaire’s system which can cover a lot of defensive deficiencies, but he is a good player nevertheless. It’s unfortunate that things didn’t work out in Winnipeg better for Oduya but Chicago will be a good place for him to play out the season.

As an impending UFA, Oduya will be put on a lower pair in Chicago than he would have been forced to play in Winnipeg down the stretch. With a favorable pairing on a better team, I wouldn’t be shocked if Oduya slots in nicely in Chicago and makes an impact on their Cup push. Realistically, the guy is playing for a job next year as much as he is a title in 2012 and the Blackhawks could be the perfect place for him to get a good contract and win some games.

Win-win deal for both parties here.

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Comments (1)

  1. Whats the point if the defense that won the cup dont show up… drinking too much? What the heck is the motivational issue in Chi-town??? they wont win faceoffs thats for sure… second round exit at best… too think that randy carlyle is out of work… and in chicago they wont play for the coach or each other…. carlyse should be bought in…. get the slobs off their butts…

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