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Johnny Oduya Focused On The Present

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

When Oduya arrived here in 2012, after the Winnipeg Jets traded him for draft picks, he was thrilled. One season later, he had a featured role on both special-teams units and got fitted for a ring.

“I had a chance to go to a top contender,” Oduya said. “You try to do your best—fit in and find a place where you can use your skills and talent to benefit the team, and it worked out better than I thought.”

The 33-year-old appears to be this summer’s Nick Leddy, a key role player expelled because he didn’t fit onto an accountant’s spreadsheet. Oduya, an impending unrestricted free agent with a $3.383-million cap hit, may have played too well to stay....

Oduya, 33, said his contract situation has been brought up in discussions with teammates a couple times this season but maintained his July 1 deadline is neither a source of motivation nor discouragement.

Fear, he argued, cannot push you towards a championship.

“For us to be focused on something else than what’s going on now would be stupid,” Oduya said. “The reality is, you have to take care of the time you have in front of you.

“I’m going to take time here to enjoy this.”

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Simmons talks Leafs GM and Hawks/Bolts’ cap management

Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday notes:

Word is that Mike Babcock is pushing for [Mark] Hunter to be named general manager of the Leafs. Brendan Shanahan would be wise to look elsewhere. Shanahan needs Hunter to find players. A general manager won’t be able to spend the kind of time scouting that the Leafs require to properly rebuild. Hunter may want the job but the practicality of it doesn’t make sense...

Those who say this is the last shot for the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t really paying attention. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith — the best 1-2-3 in hockey — are signed through 2023. Corey Crawford is signed until 2020. Marian Hossa is signed through 2021. Niklas Hjarmalsson is signed until 2019. So if you lose a Patrick Sharp here, a Brad Richards there and sign Johnny Oduya, Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook to new deals, there’s no reason this kind of success can’t continue for several more years...

Two more things on Keith: 1) His cap hit is $5.5 million, making his contract one of the best in hockey. By comparison, the Dion Phaneuf contract looks ridiculous. 2) Should the Blackhawks win Saturday night, Keith may be the leading candidate to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, but he’s not a Norris Trophy finalist. For the record, he was on my ballot, ahead of both P.K. Subban and Erik Karlsson, who are up for the award.

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If Steve Yzerman can juggle the salary cap prudently, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be Stanley Cup contenders for years. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn are all 25 and under. And figuring they pick up some assets for the disappointing Jonathan Drouin, that should make them even stronger...

When Brian Lawton tried to acquire defenceman Tomas Kaberle when he was general manager in Tampa, the Leafs first asked for college kid Alex Killorn. That conversation didn’t last long.

Simmons continues, discussing the usual potpourri of sports topics...

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Johnny Oduya Not Thinking About His UFA Status

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

There’s very little chance, if any, that Johnny Oduya will be wearing a Blackhawks sweater when training camp opens next fall. He knows that. Everyone knows that. It’s not that he doesn’t want to be back. It’s not that the Hawks don’t want him back. The math just doesn’t work.

As an unrestricted free agent with a cap crunch looming, the Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane megadeals kicking in, and a big Brandon Saad raise due, it’s virtually mathematically impossible for a veteran, well-paid defenseman such as Oduya to fit.

Oduya gets that, even if he won’t get into specifics.

“I’ve been around a couple years,” the nine-year veteran said. “I understand the ins and outs of that.”

But the urgency Oduya feels now, with the clock ticking on his Hawks career, is no different than the urgency he felt last spring. Or the spring before that. As Toews often says, you only get so many chances to make a run at a Stanley Cup, and the championship window only stays open so long. So Oduya’s thinking about what’s going to happen between now and June, not what’s going to happen in July.

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GIFS- Kyle Palmieri Hit On Johnny Oduya

Kyle Palmieri receives five for boarding and a game misconduct.

 

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Chicago Blackhawks’ annual summer convention likely includes players who will be cap casualties

The Chicago Blackhawks are holding their annual summer fan convention--something I wish other teams would emulate--in the Windy City this weekend, so the warm fuzzies have begun in earnest.

Capgeek will tell you that there's a $2.216 million elephant in the room, however, an elephant that will ensure that not every player who attends the convention will start the season with the Hawks, and NHL.com's Brian Hedger discussed the Hawks' cap overage with GM Stan Bowman on Friday:

"We certainly have to be ready to go by October, that's the goal," Bowman said Friday at the annual Blackhawks Convention at the Chicago Hilton. "A lot of things change between now and then. You have to display some patience."

Bowman is setting a good example, but fans and media aren't as willing to wait. The fact one, or more, players won't be with the organization much longer will be a storyline for the Blackhawks until something happens.

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Are The Blackhawks Trying To Move Johnny Oduya?

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

John Shannon, a Sportsnet commentator, was on the Jason Gregor show on Team 1260 on Thursday and mentioned that Chicago’s Johnny Oduya is on the block.

Gregor asked Shannon what move cap-strapped Chicago would make to clear cap space for this year.

“I keep hearing Johnny Oduya’s name,” Shannon said. “I keep hearing they’re going to find a way to move Johnny Oduya and get rid of the dollars he  makes, and do it with minimum dollars on that five, six, seven defenceman position.”

Shannon suggested that Oduya was a sixth d-man in Chicago, and that he struggled in other NHL cities when he was asked to do more. “The Johnny Oduya I saw in Chicago I never saw in Atlanta and never saw in Winnipeg.”

continue for more on Oduya being a possible fit in Edmonton...

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Video- Shane Doan Targets Johnny Oduya

Oduya down, Oduya up and Oduya down again.

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Johnny Oduya Hoists ‘The Land Of Smiles Ice Hockey Classic’ Trophy

from Justin Bourne of The Score,

I recently received a great message from Jason Cotsmire, a Long Island, NY native who now lives in Bangkok, Thailand, about a rather interesting sighting at his local arena these days: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Johnny Oduya.

It turns out that while other NHL players are trying to stay sharp by playing in a variety of European Leagues, Oduya wanted to take a little vacation, but still keep his skills sharp – Thailand was his solution. Here’s how Oduya’s participation there came to pass...

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Chicago Extends Mayers And Oduya

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Jamal Mayers on a one-year contract extension, and defenseman Johnny Oduya on a three-year contract extension.

Mayers, 37, registered six goals, nine assists and a team-high 91 penalty minutes in 81 regular-season tilts with the Blackhawks during the 2011-12 regular-season, his first with the organization, and appeared in three Stanley Cup Playoffs contests. The Toronto native ranked third on the club with 102 hits and finished second on the roster with a 56.1% winning percentage in the faceoff circle.

Oduya, 30, paced Blackhawks defensemen with three assists in six games during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and tallied five points (G, 4A) and a +3 plus/minus rating in 18 regular-season tilts with Chicago after being acquired on Feb. 27 from the Winnipeg Jets.

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Post-Kovalchuk Thrashers Deep on ‘D’, Look to New Faces and Young Guns for Offense

For the Atlanta Thrashers, a team with just one playoff appearance in ten National Hockey League seasons (and not a single post-season victory to their credit), the time for a fresh start was clearly at hand.

By first turning a negative into a positive in moving on from superstar sniper Ilya Kovalchuk late last season and then raiding the cabinet of the cap-crunched Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta begins their new era, under both a new general manager and head coach in Rick Dudley and Craig Ramsay, with a wealth of promising youth and several veterans with recent championship experience.

They may no longer boast an individual showstopper but that formula wasn’t producing a consistent winner in Blueland anyway (and that alone rarely does as much anywhere). The post-Kovalchuk Thrashers appear to be headed for greener pastures, though there will be that little issue of replacing his 45+ goals, of course.

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Raw Charge’s Five Questions for JJ

The staff at SB Nation’s Raw Charge finishes up their Five Questions, Five Answers series today with my responses to their Southeast Division inquries.

Check out the entire piece here, as well as the previous two installments, featuring my The Bolts Beat co-host, Mike Corcoran and Pete Choquette from Bolt Prospects.

As I touched on in closing out this interview, this division as a whole is on the upswing, making the timing of my expanded coverage even more exciting.

Enjoy the Q&A here… And, please, pay my friends at Raw Charge a well-deserved visit.

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Offense from the Defense

In my second statistical peek at the Southeast Division, I’ve grouped defensemen with their new clubs and will focus, this time, on offensive production from the blueline.

(Next up, we’ll re-visit the d-men from a different angle, including blocked shots, TOI and other specifics with less of an offensive emphasis.)

Remember, just as I did with the forwards, this is simply a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. And, as I said in that first piece, a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come… But not always!!!

It should also be noted, especially since I didn’t mention it with the forwards package, that rookies and European transfers (many of whom could certainly make a major impact, theoretically) are not part of this forecast.

Recall as well that for this analysis, currently unsigned, unrestricted free agents are not included, while those still unsigned but restricted are (save for Tampa’s Paul Ranger, an RFA that I have excluded intentionally, as I have little reason to believe he will return).

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Devils Close To Re-signing Oduya

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

It appears the Devils will be able to keep highly-regarded defenseman Johnny Oduya from testing the market when the free agency period officiallly begins at noon Wednesday.

Oduya has been priority No. 1 for Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello, who said Monday night that a deal with the speedy defenseman could be finalized Tuesday. Lamoriello and agent Don Meehan are believed to be close to a multi-year contract at about $3 million per season.

“I think that’s close,” Lamoriello said Monday night about re-signing Oduya.

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added 6/30/09,

“We are delighted to have Johnny Oduya stay with the organization,” said Lamoriello. “He has developed into one of the more talented young defensemen in the National Hockey League.”

Multi year deal, around $3M per season.

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Devils, Oduya Start Talking

via Mark Everson of the NY Post,

General manager Lou Lamoriello has begun initial talks aimed at keeping vital defenseman Johnny Oduya, an unrestricted free agent, with the Devils, The Post has learned.

The discussions were strictly preliminary, agent Don Meehan told The Post, but mark the first such move toward preventing major players from becoming unrestricted July 1. Oduya could be expected to command a salary of $3.5-4 million on the open market, after earning 600G last season.

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