WINNIPEG, CANADA - FEB. 19: Johnny Oduya #29 of the Winnipeg Jets skates out with the puck during their NHL game against the Colorado Avalanche at MTS Centre on Feb. 19, 2012, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Johnny Oduya has been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for two Winnipeg Jets draft picks.
It's rare that a team in the thick of a playoff race trades away a contributing player for nothing but picks, but that's what the Jets have done in trading the defenseman Oduya. He was sent to the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets near the deadline two years ago in the Ilya Kovalchuk trade with the New Jersey Devils.
Oduya earns $3.5 million against the salary cap and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He's certainly a stay-at-home defenseman with tremendous skill in his own end, although he shouldn't be expected to contribute much offensively. He fills a need for the Blackhawks as they make their drive towards the postseason.
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