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Johnny Oduya | Defenseman

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/1/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 188
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Stars GM Jim Nill thinks his team's young players will benefit from being around two-time Stanley Cup champion Johnny Oduya.
"I grew up in the Detroit organization. To win, you have to know how to win," Nill said. "It's a process. Our core is young, they’re going to be like sponges, they’re going to feed off this." Of course, before signing Oduya to a two-year, $7.5 million contract, Nill acquired his former and once again current teammate, Patrick Sharp, from Chicago. Sharp was part of all three of Chicago's recent Stanley Cup championships and played a key role in the Blackhawks' rise in the salary cap era. With both of them on the roster, Dallas is certainly a much more experienced team. Jul 16 - 10:08 AM

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Johnny Oduya has inked a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars.

Oduya had been waiting to see if Chicago would clear the cap space necessary to re-sign him, but that never happened. Dallas is a logical fit for Oduya after they traded Trevor Daley to the Blackhawks to acquire Oduya's former and now once again current teammate, Patrick Sharp. He's a defensive defenseman and therefore a non-factor in standard fantasy leagues, but he should log about 20 minutes per game for Dallas.
Jul 15 - 11:08 AM

Johnny Oduya's agent has confirmed that his client will not be re-signing with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago never cleared the cap space necessary to re-sign Oduya and instead acquired Trevor Daley in the Patrick Sharp deal. Oduya will likely accept a contract with a different franchise within the next week. The Buffalo Sabres have been openly pursuing him.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 15 - 9:53 AM

Johnny Oduya is considered a top target for the Sabres.

General manager Tim Murray is seeking a left-handed shooting defenseman. "He hasn’t signed anywhere yet, so I haven’t moved on," said Murray. "We’ve looked at everybody we feel are going to need waivers. We’re still talking trades with teams. We’re still talking about a couple guys that are still out there, but there’s no hurry." Oduya would like to remain with the Blackhawks but their salary-cap situation is limiting them right now.
Jul 12 - 5:22 PM

Johnny Oduya has not closed the door on re-signing with the Blackhawks.

Chicago acquired Trevor Daley in Friday’s deal that sent Patrick Sharp to the Stars, meaning the defense has grown slightly more crowded. Don Meehan, Oduya’s agent, said that the blueliner is "considering a number of options." General manager Stan Bowman also said Friday that he will "not rule anything out or rule it in." The Blackhawks have slightly less than $1 million in cap space right now, so another trade to give them maneuverability would need to be made if Oduya stays.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 11 - 3:04 PM

After acquiring Trevor Daley from the Dallas Stars last night, it may be difficult for the Chicago Blackhawks to bring back Johnny Oduya.

Oduya was exceptional in the postseason for the Blackhawks, and the belief was that they were trying to clear some cap space so that they could bring him back next year. Now that Trevor Daley has been added to the fold, it appears as though Oduya may not be able to return to Chicago but General Manager Stan Bowman didn't completely shut the door on that. "I’m not going to rule anything out or in. It’s still sort of a fluid situation and there are a lot of factors at play," Bowman said. "We’re getting closer to a point where we can say, ‘This is our team,’ but we’re not there yet. There have been some discussions on different things, but I can’t characterize it as more than that."
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 11 - 9:26 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks are trying to bring back veteran defenseman Johnny Oduya.

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman made it clear on Friday, "We would like to try to bring him back; we have financial hurdles we’re working through." Now entering his age-34 season, Oduya is coming off a cap hit of $3.375M over the last three seasons and the Blackhawks are currently about $418K over the cap. It remains to be seen if Bowman can work his magic, or if Oduya will find work elsewhere.
Jul 3 - 8:08 PM

Johnny Oduya said that he suffered a tear in his left elbow during Game 3 against Tampa Bay, he didn't miss a game.

In fact, Oduya played in all 23 games for Chicago in their Stanley Cup victory. "I didn't really have any power in my triceps, but other than that, I felt good the last few games here, so it was no issue, really," Oduya said of the injury. The 33 year old defender, who is not known for his offensive prowess, is an UFA this summer. He is coming off a cap hit of $3.375 and his second Cup with Chicago.
Jun 16 - 7:14 PM

Johnny Oduya not only played in Game 4, but he saw the second most ice time on the team.

He logged 25:45 of playing time Wednesday night despite seeing reduced minutes in Game 3 on Monday night because of an upper-body injury. Oduya didn't look 100 percent but he played a strong game. He was credited with five blocks and one hit to go with a plus-1 rating in Chicago's 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 11 - 10:48 AM

Confirming earlier reports, Johnny Oduya is healthy enough to suit up for Game 4 Wednesday night against the Lightning.

The Blackhawks will avoid losing one of their top-four defensemen as Oduya is ok to play after sustaining an upper body injury in Game 3. Oduya has been a big-time minutes eater on defense for Chicago this postseason playing in at least 20 minutes in all but two of the Hawks 20 playoff games this year. He has notched five assists with a minus six rating during the Blackhawks run to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Jun 10 - 7:53 PM

Johnny Oduya (upper body) is "likely" to play in Game 4, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

Oduya didn't take part in Wednesday's morning skate, but it sounds like he will be OK to play. He had a minus-2 rating and was limited to 16:47 of ice time on Monday night because of an upper-body injury.
Jun 10 - 12:24 PM

Johnny Oduya (upper body) didn't participate in Wednesday's morning skate.

That doesn't bode well for his status for Game 4 against Tampa Bay. Oduya sustained an upper-body injury on Monday night that caused him to miss parts of the second and third periods.
Jun 10 - 12:09 PM

Johnny Oduya is dealing with an upper-body injury.

That's not a lot of information, but it's surprising to get even that much during the Stanley Cup Final. Oduya missed part of the second and third periods on Monday due to the ailment. It remains to be seen if he'll play in Game 4, but coach Joel Quenneville thinks he'll be alright.
Jun 9 - 2:43 PM

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville plans to take a wait-and-see approach regarding Johnny Oduya's undisclosed injury.

Oduya missed part of the second and third periods due to what's believed to be an arm problem. If he's unable to play in Game 4 then that would be a big blow to Chicago as they've been leaning heavily on their top-four defensemen. Oduya has averaged 24:44 minutes per game in the playoffs.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 9 - 9:40 AM

Johnny Oduya appeared to have an arm injury and played limited minutes in Chicago's Game 3 loss on Monday night.

Oduya logged less than 17 minutes of ice time during this contest which is pretty low if you have been following the Blackhawks at all during this postseason. The Hawks had to deploy their seldom used fifth and sixth defensemen during the latter stages of Game 3 and it looked like it cost them on eventual game winning goal for the Lightning. Oduya showed obvious discomfort while playing the puck on his stick and it will interesting to see what his status is for the series going forward.
Jun 9 - 12:06 AM

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2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Vernon Fiddler
LW1Jamie Benn
2Patrick Sharp
3Antoine Roussel
4Travis Moen
5Curtis McKenzie
RW1Valeri Nichushkin
2Ales Hemsky
3Patrick Eaves
4Colton Sceviour
D1Alex Goligoski
2John Klingberg
3Johnny Oduya
4Jason Demers
5Jordie Benn
6Jyrki Jokipakka
7Patrik Nemeth
8Stephen Johns
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Antti Niemi