Oduya Rules.

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Trade Deadline time and General Manager, Stan Bowman for the Chicago Blackhawks has pulled a couple moves. Most notable is the pick-up of defenseman, Johnny Oduya, from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 2nd and 3rd round pick in the 2013 draft.

Odyuya, native to Stockholm, Sweden, age 30, began his NHL career when selected by the Washington Capitals in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. In 2006  he signed with the New Jersey Devils .  He was later traded in 2010 to the Thrashers and in last year again to the Jets.  But Oduya moves just as much on the ice as he has between teams.  This speedy, puck-moving defenseman is just what Bowman thinks we need right now after losing Brian Campell in 2011.

It’s no secret Bowman has been looking for quite some time to beef up the Hawk’s defensive line.  Especially after the IR claimed Hjalmarsson and Montador.

Is this all we could have hoped for and more?  Probably not.  Is this progress?  We’ll see on {   }  But the GM and the team both seem excited to bring in a new and capable player who will help ease some of the pressure put on young bloods like Olsen and Leddy on the blue line recently.

Oduya has been very vocal about his excitement in coming to Chicago, and that excitement is just what the Blackhawks need on the ice right now.  The fresh face was with his new team this morning at practice alongside his new defense partner Brent Seabrook.  Coach Q liked what he saw, and guaranteed Oduya will be playing some important minutes.

And of course with every open window there comes a door slamming behind you, and the Blackhawks’ and Chicago have to say good-bye to John Scott, who has been traded to the NY Rangers for a fifth round draft pick.


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