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Oduya hopes he’s not traded, but ‘we’ll see what happens’

Jul 19, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks lost to the Los Angeles Kings by the slimmest of margins in the 2014 Western Conference Final. If things had been different though and the Blackhawks had advanced, defenseman Johnny Oduya probably still wouldn’t have played in the finals.

Oduya revealed that he broke his foot when it was struck by the puck during the third period of Game 7 against the Kings, per CSN Chicago. He’s wearing a walking boot, but should be fine for training camp. The question is if he’ll still be wearing a Blachawks jersey at that point.

He’s been the subject of trade rumors and they’re likely to persist unless the Blackhawks find another way to deal with its cap situation. They’re currently exceeding the ceiling by a little over $2 million, according to Cap Geek.

“We’ll see what happens,” Oduya said. “I’m very, very happy to be here. This is the place where I really enjoy playing hockey, I’ve loved it here so far and I think I’ll like it in the future, too. If that’s not the case, I’ll go somewhere else.”

The 32-year-old comes with a roughly $3.4 million annual cap hit and is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

  1. no - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    such a quality defenseman. it’s a business so who knows what’s going to happen, but I’d really like the hawks to hang on to him. something’s got to give though

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      I still remember a game last year (late season? Playoffs?), where the only way to get it to a streaking teammate on the other side of the defender was a bank shot of the side glass (penalty if he missed high).

      Perfect, goal scored.

      And likely Hawks can’t keep him and Sharp. Maybe Stan B can do some magic and get a couple picks/prospects for him in a bundle with Versteeg;)

    • avscup - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Trade him to COL for Ryan Wilson or Nate Guenon and Stefan Elliot. Please!

  2. phxyotes - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    He’s gone.

  3. 950003cups - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Send him back to NJ

  4. ragsrus - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Nobody wants to play in jersey. That’s why they have such a garbage team. They have to overpay for defensive pylons and guys like Clowe.

    • beergold - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Only one Pylon I know of and he wears the “C” in Toronto!

  5. icrew29 - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Rozsival and Versteeg need to go but who would want them? Stan could try to trade them for 1 draft pick in 2020 any draft number will do.

  6. antkowiak666 - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    If he is on his way out,the Avs should really make a push for him.

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