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Report: Johnny Oduya could be traded

Jul 11, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT

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Via the Edmonton Journal, here’s Sportsnet’s John Shannon, talking on the radio about how the Chicago Blackhawks are going to get under the salary cap next season:

“I keep hearing Johnny Oduya’s name. I keep hearing they’re going to find a way to move Johnny Oduya and get rid of the dollars he makes, and do it with minimum dollars on that five, six, seven defenseman position.”

No surprise, really, that Shannon is hearing Oduya’s name. We wondered about this ourselves last week, when the ‘Hawks signed d-man Kyle Cumiskey.

Oduya, 32, is signed for one more year, at a cap hit of $3.375 million, before he can become an unrestricted free agent. If Oduya were to be traded, Cumiskey could theoretically slot in on Chicago’s bottom pairing alongside Michal Rozsival, with Nick Leddy skating on the second pair with either Niklas Hjalmarsson or Brent Seabrook (whichever guy isn’t up on the top pair with Duncan Keith).

But that’s just one back-of-the-napkin projection. Maybe youngsters David Rundblad, Adam Clendening or Klas Dahlbeck will be part of the equation. Or, maybe the ‘Hawks will decide to keep Oduya and trade Rozsival or Leddy.

  1. strictlythedanks - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Oh do ya now?

    • desertfan - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Straight up to
      Jets for Kane= two Kanes in the neck

      • esracerx46 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        That puts the Hawks roughly 5 million over the cap.

      • esracerx46 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        Maybe Sharp and Bickell for Evander

    • blomfeld - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      “What could the Blackhawks’ defense look like without him?” … Jason Brough

      Trust me friends, we SC champion Kings no longer view the Hawk’s as a legitimate threat ! :)

  2. thegloriouspast - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    New York Islanders could definitely use his services.

  3. bcsteele - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Report: Someone on Chicago will need to be traded

    • withseidelinn - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Sources please.

      • pfhockey - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        They’re over the cap…..

      • esracerx46 - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        Its sarcasm Sheldon Cooper

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      If one was to poll Hawks fans, I think there would be 95% agreement on how to get back under the cap – unproductive Versteeg and now too slow Roz.

      • wjarvis - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        I think that’s probably true, and while that would shed salary the Hawks would get next to nothing back for them. By trading a player like Oduya or Leddy they could actually get something worthwhile in return. Since both may be too expensive to bring back after next season, they may try to get something in return for them while they still can.

        I’m in the lets dump Rozsival and Versteeg camp though, to give the Hawks the best chance to win a cup this season. While both players aren’t fantastic, I think they’d still be upgrades for a lot of teams and their $2.2 million cap hits aren’t horrible for teams with cap space. So if the Hawks don’t expect to get much back, they should both be able to be moved. I don’t trust either Leddy or Rozsival with being on the second pair all season.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        And if you move the two, that frees up a spot for players with brighter futures.

  4. loydchristmas90 - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    I hope this isn’t true. Get rid of rozsival please.

    • nyrnashty - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Haha, I feel you man, I remember Rozsival being a bum here as well and dancing the day he was traded to Phoenix for Wolski, it could’ve been a bag of pucks for all I cared. I can’t believe that useless old head is still in the league.

      • esracerx46 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        No one else wants Rozsival either. But then again he was able to trade Bollig for a third round pick. Does Calgary need a defenseman? Or will Edmonton take both Oduya and Rozsival for us

    • adouglass28 - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Way too many turnover in front of Crawford’s net by Rozsival. He should have been gone last year that and Handzus.

  5. thesportsjudge - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Whaaaaat? There is a report a player COULD be traded? That is ridiculous.

  6. adrian12477 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Please TRADE Rozsival

  7. esracerx46 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    The hawks have better options in Dahlbeck, Clendening, and Stephen Johns. Kyle Cumiskey is destined for the AHL. Believe he is even on a 2 way deal

  8. crcoord - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    i’m not the biggest hawks fan out there but I do know one thing, when i’m watching or listening to the game, his name is mentioned CONSTANTLY! it seems like a bad move to get rid of him.

  9. mikemj - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Didn’t they also resign Brookbank? Not sure what Q. sees in Roszival, I’d rather have Brookbank in the lineup; at least he adds a little toughness whereas Roz adds…what does he add?

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Experience. Not weighed down by excessive hair.

  10. c9castine - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    as i said a few weeks ago, pretty obvious this is something they need to look at doing moving forward.

    chicago is going to have a tough couple years cap wise until it goes up a few more million and they make a couple changes.

  11. hockeyfan117 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    So let me get this straight someone on Chicago might be traded and someone might replace the traded player? GROUNDBREAKING!

  12. purpleguy - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Based on the above comments, I don’t imagine the sales of Versteeg and Rozsival jerseys are exactly jumping off the shelves in Chicago.

    • wjarvis - Jul 12, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      Yep. I don’t think anyone in Chicago hates either player, but they certainly are the easiest players to replace at a lower salary (potentially with better players at a lower salary). Considering the Hawks are more than 2 million over the cap, the list of players besides Versteeg and Rozsival making over $2 million on the Hawks is: Toews, Kane, Sharp, Hossa, Bickell, Keith, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson, Oduya, Leddy, and Crawford. So if you’re going to compete for a cup this season, most fans will be rooting to get rid of the 6th defenseman and an underperforming bottom 6 winger before any of the players above in order to become compliant with the cap.

  13. dbfdbf - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Not Odya, the Kings game winning goal bounced off Leddy!

    • mb30forlife - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:43 AM

      Leddy is younger so i can see why they would keep him. Odyua is defense man… any team would be lucky to have him. Someone in Chicago has to go though. They are over the cap

  14. mb30forlife - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:41 AM

    Edmonton should try and snatch up this guy…. Definitely a piece that can help them out. Dont know if theres a not trade clause involved and Odyua can shop like spezza did but Edmonton needs something other than young finesse players

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