Johnny Oduya D DAL 2 weeks ago

Oduya signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.

Although he reportedly wanted to return to Chicago, the team couldn't fit him into their financial plans and the two-time Stanley Cup winner was forced to move on. Oduya serves as a large upgrade to the Dallas blueline in terms of discipline and experience, and should step right in as a top-four defenseman for his new club.

Johnny Oduya D DAL 1 month ago

Oduya (elbow) has decided to become a free agent rather than wait to see whether or not the Blackhawks can afford to re-sign him, ESPN reports.

Oduya accumulated nine goals, 34 assists and a plus-31 rating in his three and a half seasons with the Blackhawks, but it appears his time with the club may be coming to an end. While there's still a chance the team re-signs him, he will now look elsewhere as well, and could command a decent contract once again.

Johnny Oduya D DAL 1 month ago

Oduya revealed Tuesday that he played through a tear in his left elbow during the final three games of the Stanley Cup Finals, ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers reports.

The injury forced Oduya out for a part of a period during Game 3 against the Lightning on June 8, but he was able to tough it out in Games 4 through 6, playing more than 24 minutes in each contest. Oduya said that the ailment left him without much power in his shot, but it didn't stop him from providing his typical gritty play on the back end, as he blocked 14 shots in those last three games. Monday's series clincher could be the last game for Oduya in a Blackhawks uniform, as he's slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and the team has little cap room to retain him.

Johnny Oduya D DAL 2 months ago

Oduya, who suffered an upper-body injury in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, skated in the Blackhawks' 2-1 Game 4 victory on Wednesday night, but he was noticeably favoring his left arm, CSN Chicago reports.

Despite the injury Oduya skated almost 26 minutes. In addition he tied the team lead with Duncan Keith for five blocked shots. If Oduya wasn't on defense, the Blackhawks might have sat him down, but the Blackhawks blue line is already hurting with Oduya in the lineup. It will definitely help Oduya with an extra day between Game 4 and Game 5 on Saturday night in Tampa Bay.

Johnny Oduya D DAL 2 months ago

Coach Joel Quenneville confirmed that Oduya (upper body) is "likely" to play in Wednesday's Game 3 against the Lightning, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.

Oduya was absent from the Blackhawks' morning skate, but that was likely designed to reduce the possibility of worsening the existing injury he suffered in Monday's Game 2. There was some belief that Oduya might be replaced in the lineup by Kimmo Timonen, who has been confirmed to make his series debut Wednesday, but it now appears Kyle Cumiskey rather than Oduya will head to the press box.

Johnny Oduya D DAL 2 months ago

Coach Joel Quenneville said Oduya will be OK for Game 4, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.

Oduya left Monday's Game 3 in the second period with an undisclosed injury, but he returned to action in the final period. The team, which is not practicing Tuesday, has remained mum regarding the injury, but as of now it appears Oduya is set to play in Game 4.

Johnny Oduya D DAL 2 months ago

Oduya returned to the ice with the Blackhawks for the third period Monday, LNH.com's Arpon Basu reports.

Oduya missed the end of the second period after suffering some sort of injury, but hey, it's Game 3 of the Finals -- we'd expect nothing less than to see him get right back out there.

Johnny Oduya D DAL 2 months ago

Oduya went to the locker room and didn't play the final 7:46 of the second period Monday in Game 3 against the Lightning.

There's no word yet on what sort of injury he may have suffered, and Oduya could still return in the third period, but he looked awfully unhappy on the bench before departing. The veteran blueliner has no goals and five assists through 19 playoff games so far this year.

Johnny Oduya D DAL 2 months ago

Oduya picked up a helper in Saturday's Game 2 defeat to the Lightning.

Oduya set up Brent Seabrook's game-tying third-period goal, giving him his fifth point of the postseason. All of Oduya's offense has come in the form of assists, which isn't particularly surprising given that he notched all of two goals during 76 regular-season contests.

Johnny Oduya D DAL 2 months ago

Oduya was credited with a secondary assist Tuesday on Marcus Kruger's game-winning goal in triple overtime against the Ducks.

Oduya set up a Brent Seabrook shot attempt that Kruger steadied with his stick and poked past Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen, ending the game after almost 110 minutes of action. The blueliner finished the night with 46:06 of ice time, the highest total of his career.