Johnny Oduya is on his way back to Chicago.
Yes, you read that correctly. The two time Stanley Cup Champion was acquired Tuesday evening before the trade-deadline from the Dallas Stars. The Chicago Blackhawks dealt Mark Mcneil and a 2018 conditional fourth round pick for Oduya, which could become a third round pick.
The 35 year old defenseman had 14 goals and 51 assists in 301 games with the Blackhawks, collectively being considered apart of their golden defensive core throughout 2013-2015. Oduya’s presence back on the team reassures the Blackhawks depth on their defensive end, which has been depreciated for the most part of the season.
Despite only playing in 37 games this season due to an ankle injury, he’s posted one goal and six assists. He’ll most certainly be looking forward to playing on the United Center ice once again.
With Niklas Hjalmarrson placed on injured reserve, we know right away that Oduya will be making his presence known in his replace.
Also, the Stars are retaining 50 percent of Oduya’s $3.75-million salary, which allows the Hawks toe be under the salary cap.
Oduya will now be fighting for his third Stanley Cup ring in four years on a familiar team that will enjoy his presence once again.
Welcome home, Johnny!