Blackhawks' moves lack direction
Johnny Oduya is the (now former) fifth defenseman for a Winnipeg team that, through Sunday, had allowed more goals than all but eight other teams in the NHL.
A former ninth-round pick of the Capitals, Oduya has a minus-9 rating this season and is a minus-24 over the last two years, though he is a plus-27 for his career. He has 109 points in 445 career games, and during the past three seasons, he's registered 371 blocked shots and 179 hits. He's in the final year of a three-year, $10.5-million contract.
Now Oduya can add one more line to his biography. Along with, I suppose, Brendan Morrison (who has done nothing in the seven games he's played with Chicago), Oduya is general manager Stan Bowman's solution to what ails a Blackhawks team that has lost 12 of its last 16 games. That is, unless you consider John Scott being traded an addition by subtraction, and the argument can certainly be made.
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