Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks made a trade yesterday, but it wasn’t the blockbuster trade everyone had been expecting! Patrick Sharp, Bryan Bickell, and Kris Versteeg weren’t a part of the minor trade the Chicago Blackhawks pulled off on Monday, but it sure seems like the big trade is holding up the Marcus Kruger deal and maybe more importantly a Johnny Oduya deal.
I’m almost surprised that Oduya has held out this long, but maybe like Andrew Desjardins, Chicago and the Blackhawks is where he wants to be so he can wait patiently for Stan Bowman to find a suitor for one of his big contracts.
The question I have is how big of a market does Johnny Oduya have? He’s not young (will be 34 on opening day) and was just ok in all his other stops before becoming one of Stan Bowman’s best trades at the deadline when he basically stole him for a couple of late draft picks.
The question now is how soon will Bowman pull the trigger on a big trade or will we be in wait mode for the rest of the summer like the Nick Leddy deal last year. Here are some morning links to kick off your Tuesday.
The Chicago Blackhawks announced their training camp dates at Notre dame and their fan festival date (Committed Indians)
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