Johnny Oduya of Stockholm, Sweden is returning to the Chicago Blackhawks. On Tuesday, the Blackhawks acquired Oduya from the Dallas Stars for Mark McNeill and a conditional fourth round draft pick in the 2018 National Hockey League Entry Draft. If the Blackhawks reach the Western Conference Finals and Oduya plays in half of the Blackhawks games in the first two rounds of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Stars will receive a third round pick instead of a fourth round pick in 2018.
This is the second time Oduya has been with the Blackhawks. He played with Chicago from 2012 to 2015 before signing as a free agent with the Stars on July 15, 2015. The Blackhawks were in need of a defenseman when they put fellow Swede Niklas Hjalmarsson on the injury reserve with an upper body injury.
In 37 games this season, Oduya has one goal and six assists for seven points and is a -2. He has bounced around the National Hockey League throughout his career. In addition to the Stars and Blackhawks, he has played for the New Jersey Devils, and both the Atlanta Thrashers and the Winnipeg Jets. The Thrashers moved to Winnipeg on June 21, 2011.
The Oduya trade was the second deal that the Stars made this week with an American team. On Friday, the Stars traded right winger Patrick Eaves of Calgary, Alberta to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional second round pick in the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft. That pick will be a first round pick if the Ducks reach the Western Conference Finals and Oduya plays in half of the Blackhawks playoff games. Eaves has had a career season to date. He has a career high 21 goals and 37 points this season.