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by Tony on 06/24/10 at 11:46 AM ET
From the Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam Jahns:
It really shouldn’t come as a shock that Dustin Byfuglien won’t be wearing an Indianhead sweater for the 2010-11 season.
The Blackhawks have significant salary-cap issues, and the giant-sized winger often was mentioned as a possible candidate to be shipped out. Moves were expected, even declared a must by Hawks general manager Stan Bowman.
The news broke Wednesday—and spread like wildfire—that the first deal had been done—or rather, nearly done. Just after midnight today, it became official: Byfuglien, restricted free agent Ben Eager, veteran defenseman Brent Sopel and prospect Akim Aliu have been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for the 24th overall pick in the NHL draft (which starts Friday), the 54th overall pick, veteran forward Marty Reasoner, winger Joey Crabb (who has starred in Chicago with the Wolves) and promising prospect Jeremy Morin.
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