Everybody knew that if the Chicago Blackhawks were going to make a move this trade deadline it was going to be for a defenseman. The obvious target was Johnny Oduya from the Winnipeg Jets. And sometimes the obvious deals go down.
That's what happened today. The Jets sent Oduya to Chicago for a second- and third-round pick going to Winnipeg.
The Blackhawks have really needed help on the back end. They are down near the bottom of the league in goals against. Oduya likely won't help too much in that regard, but he could help to give them some offense from the blue line. On Sunday night the Blackhawks snapped an 0-for-39 drought on the power play, so you can see that's a unit that could use some juice.
Oduya was long rumored to be on his way out in Winnipeg and the claiming of Grant Clitsome earlier in the day paved the way to move Oduya out.
Oduya was acquired the by the then-Thrashers as a big part of the return for Ilya Kovalchuk in his trade to the Devils. Now? Check out how it has fared from the Jets/Thrashers perspective from Ted Starkey.
The Oduya trade means the only player left from the Kovalchuk deal is... Patrice Cormier.— Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) February 27, 2012