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Stars Trade Johnny Oduya to Chicago Blackhawks

USATSI_9679254_154158418_lowresThe Dallas Stars have traded defenceman Johnny Oduya to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Mark McNeill and a conditional fourth-round pick for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Oduya has put in work with the Blackhawks before, having won Stanley Cups with the franchise in 2013 and 2015. He has a plethora of post-season experience with Chicago and the New Jersey Devils, adding up to a combined 102 playoff games. He has 28 points in that timespan.

The 35-year-old from Stockholm has seven points in 37 games this season and averages about 18 minutes of ice time per contest. He’s a solid role player, which means the Blackhawks will be able to slip him into any situation – including a shutdown role if necessary.

Oduya will become an unrestricted free agent come July 1 and he carries a cap hit of $3.75 million.

He missed six weeks this season due to an ankle injury and recently returned to the ice.

Oduya is also one of a handful of blueliners to get snapped up in recent days, with St. Louis’ trading of Kevin Shattenkirk to the Washington Capitals likely establishing the playing field regarding who’s left to go ahead of tomorrow’s trade deadline.

The Blackhawks have now made two trades in four days, with the first coming as they acquired Tomas Jurco from the Red Wings for a third-round pick.

Chicago also stuck Niklas Hjalmarsson on injured reserve retroactive to February 23, for those scoring at home.

The Stars, meanwhile, have also been busy. They sent Patrick Eaves to the Anaheim Ducks for a second-round pick and swapped Jordie Benn to the Canadiens for Greg Pateryn and a fourth-rounder. The latter deal came down on Monday.

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