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On This Date In Chicago Blackhawks History

By Keith Schultz

Jan 24, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy (8) shoots the puck on the Dallas Stars goal during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,

On February 12, 2010 the Chicago Blackhawks completed a trade with the Minnesota Wild.

The Wild acquired Cam Barker.

The Blackhawks acquired Kim Johnnson and Nick Leddy.

Defenseman Kim Johnnson played 8 games in a Blackhawks jersey at the end of 2010 collecting a goal and 2 assists but that was the end of his NHL career. The real nugget in this trade was Nick Leddy. Leddy was thrown into the lineup of the Hawks maybe a season before he was fully ready so he got the “baptism by fire” treatment at the beginning of his young career. Leddy had 4 goals and 3 assists in 46 games his rookie season with a +/- of -3.  Last season his stats were 3 goals and 34 assists (5th on the team in assists) with a -12 rating.  Leddy seemed to settle down his play defensively  last season with the arrival of Johnny Oduya.  Leddy and Patrick Kane were the only two Hawks last season to play every game, and Leddy really has shown some very good offensive skills for a defenseman which he has showcased this season including a overtime winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings.  Leddy may not be a shutdown defenseman but he’s seems to be the right fit of speed and puck movenment that Joel Quenneville is looking for in his defenseman.

Cam Barker the third pick overall in 2004 was just as big as a dissappointment as Jack Skille.  Barker has scored a grand total of 4 goals and 10 assists between his stops with Minnesota and the Edmonton Oilers since his trade from Chicago.  To say the Hawks and Stan Bowman got the best of this deal would be a major understatement!

Leddy is only 21 years old and could be a senior at the University of Minnesota, but now he is a mainstay in his 3rd season with the Blackhawks with seemingly his best hockey in front of him.

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