Blackhawks Sign Johnny Oduya To 3-Year Extension

The Blackhawks announced on Tuesday that they have agreed to a three-year contract extension with defenseman Johnny Oduya. Oduya  had five points (one goal, four assists) and a plus-three rating in 18 regular season games with Chicago after being acquired on Feb. 27 from the Winnipeg Jets.

UPDATE: Oduya’s contract with Hawks. $3.375 cap hit (per Darren Dreger).

31 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Johnny Oduya To 3-Year Extension

  • May 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Hey Tab,

    Any word on what this is going to cost? And do you think that this is the precursor to Hammer heading out of town?

  • May 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I’ll update the post when I get final money, but CSN’s Chris Boden tweeted he’s heard it’s for less than his previous $3.5M cap hit (which I’m OK with).

    And yes, I think this opens the door for Hjalmarsson to move. Montador’s concussion issues limit the market for him w/ 3 yrs left.

  • May 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm


    Could this also mean Montador’s concussion symptoms are more serious? I presume he should be OK for training camp, but maybe not? He only came back for the one game when 7 D-Men dressed; got hit around early; did not finish the game; never to return for the rest of the season/playoffs.

    I thought Hjammer was playing well in the Worlds? If only for the blackhawks too.

  • May 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm


    If this is a precursor for Hammer being moved what kind of return can we expect for him? What position will the be looking to bring back or will it just be draft picks?

  • May 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    So who is the magic forward they are going to be targeting with about $5 million to play with???? cuz we know they don’t have any interest in spending big money on a goalie…

  • May 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    The sour taste Oduya left in my mouth with his play throughout the first round is still not gone…I don’t know how I feel about this.

    Unless they add beef to the blue line during the summer this signing will not help the Hawks. Another Seabrook type D-man is without a doubt a necessity on the Hawks roster. The Mayers signing is a good one, especially at the price (600K).

    Changes need to be made to the roster, and when you continue to sign guys who havent gotten it done, or helped you prosper in the playoffs it makes me think about the competence of Bowman and how much longer the front office is gonna let him steer this ship.

    “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
    ? Albert Einstein

  • May 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm


  • May 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I do agree….Hjalmarsson is trade bait at the draft.

    Florida, Winnipeg or Montreal? lol

  • May 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Good Comments all…
    Monty maybe is done. Even if not, we are allowed to exceed the cap prior to opening day, by 6% (ie.Huet cap issues past…finally got rid of that fat $%^K!.)

    There is also the option of LTIR for Monty and maybe even Hoss. This counts! (Lots of people think it’s a free ride, it’s not, it counts…unless he retires AND the contract was active prior to him being 35 (otherwise, see Chris Pronger)…

    At the end of the reg season (although this is actually calculated daily) the current CBA requires marrying the NHL cap to the Teams ‘Roster’ salary…
    Bottom line…if it doesn’t gel, even or under… you lose player(s). Teams can waive them, trade em…dump them during trading deadline for picks…whatever. They have to meet the NHL CAP by years end… (There are several interesting resources to explore on this subject, just enter LTIR Hockey in a search engine of your choice.)

    -Oduya = Hjalmersson is done.
    -Bolland / Hjalmersson/prospect and /or pick… for Getzlaf/ Patrick Maroon/3rdrounder

    -Ps. After dumping Frolik and maybe a Bickel we should still have the Cap for Wideman or Carle.


  • May 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Indeed. With the door open in Montreal (Bergevin), Hjalmarsson can now be included in the Kane/Crawford/Hjalmarsson/Beach for Price/Plekanec/draft pick trade.

  • May 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    …that’s the Kane/Crawford/Hjalmarsson/Beach for Price/Pacioretty/Plekanec/draft pick trade.

  • May 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm


    They don’t need to pay for a Getzlaf: 11, 46, -11, $5.35m, 27 yrs old

    They should make two more moves:
    1) Bolland/Hammer/plus for J Staal/plus: 25, 25, +11, $4m, 23 yrs old
    2) Sign R Suter
    …if Pitt is looking for a true 3rd C and D depth as reports are saying
    …if Suter is true to his word and wants to play for a team close to Mad Town.
    That is all that’s needed this season, fits under the cap, unless Hoss and Monty have long term issues.

    Dickie – Lay off the bottle.

  • May 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I was very disappointed with Monty this past year. He seemed lost. I thought he had a reputation of being a solid D-man who could clear the zone. Not the case.

    Although I don’t want to wish anyone ill, but it may be the best scenario if he retires. Although at 32… I wouldn’t count on it.

    At this point I guess Suter is out of the picture.

    Next, we need to purge ourselves of a few forwards. There simply isn’t enough room with the current roster players and those supposed sure things in the minors/juniors.

    We need to find a #2 Centerman….. PERIOD.

    The key is to build a PACKAGE of both roster and non-roster players.

    The problem is whichever player is moved, will turn out to be the one who we shouldn’t have let leave.

    Current Roster candidates (5 names):
    Frolik, Bickle, Stalberg, Bolland and Kruger.

    Non Roster candidates(4 names):
    Smith, Morin, Beach, and Pirri.

    Lastly include this years #1 pick.

    In order to get high value, we will need to give up high value. Many will consider moving Saad, but from what I’ve seen, he has the most upside. I would resist putting him out there because he reminds me a little of #19.

    But, to purge salaray and to turn into a sure-thing #2 Centerman, you do what you must. This centerman must also be a major contributor on PP.

    This roster hasn’t got it done the last two years. A tweak here and there isn’t going to work. True, it will make the playoffs, but it will end after round one over and over.

  • May 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    JJ – c’mon, *letting* Bergevin go to Montreal has tio be worth something. (I left Subban out of the deal…)

  • May 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Could Suter still come to Chicago with this extension? He wants to play close to home on a contender and the Hawks are obviously better than Minnesota and will be a contender longer than Detroit. Any thoughts?

  • May 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I agree wuth Bryan that Oduya’s play against Phoenix gives was concerning. What a difference a year makes with the uncertainty on Hoss, Monty, Hammer, Kane’s antics…
    We need to get more physical, bigger and more skilled depth. Did anyone think two years ago this would be the case? Let’s see what Stosh comes up with.
    BTW…remember the blog talk late in the season before the trade dealine here about Dustin Brown with the belief the Kings were going to be sellers? What an addition he would have been! In running for Conn Smythe.

  • May 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    JJ- like that trade…

    I agree we need to get rid of both Hjammer and Hope Monty has to retire…
    (cuz Monty will have Zero trade value!!!)… He obviously was hurt ALL YEAR ( I posted several times before the 10 th game of the year “the guy was tripping over his own feet w/ nobody around” … something was wrong… or the guy just flat out sucks… and the Hawk’s brass completely missed- I am guessing he is really not right!!! )

    We need a Physical D-man who can get a shot thru the D… especially on the PP…
    And Power Forward…

    and Hossa to be ok… the list just keeps growing!!!

  • May 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Awful contract to a guy who provides nothing.

    Stan Blowman at it again. Get this clown outta here.

  • May 30, 2012 at 12:23 am

    JJ. Love,way, total, u,r are correct right, at the thought of Staal to the Hawks as #2 center…Problems(s)….
    1) Pitt doesnt Have to move him this year…they have room (next year the are $#&cked)
    2) Would require allllot more than Bolli and (+saad+1st,+2nd+stalberg)…look at what NJ gave for Zid-liker….
    3) Getz had a Bad year as did most of ANH…Though past performances are solid, I too have suspisions about his FO % Give aways…but he does have size and 5.5 fits.
    4) ANH has a hsitory of making bad moves..(sorry, I shouldnt have included that here)…
    5) How about Briere / Philli is #$%^ked on the cap…and would take on picks instead of salary…Boli and some picks…cuts their cap, they have 5 centers…3 year deal…hsitory of powerful playoffs….

    Just another tangent…. thoughts…Urz?
    Pa. Dickey – Im, drinking too :)

  • May 30, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Pitt needs to free up money this year to keep Crosby. They will want to get him a new contract before the year is out so the kid never sees free agency. This will necessitate a trade and some cap dump- Staal is the perfect one to move if you give them the extra room they are going to need.

  • May 30, 2012 at 10:19 am


    Yeah, Pitt can wait on Staal till next year. However, they can get more in return if that $4m is in place for a full season rather than just trading for his rights to negotiate next year. And I think you are overestimating what it would take in return. A “happy” true tough 3C like Bolland gives Pitt a perfect lineup down the middle and allows them to pony up on Sid and Geno when their contracts come up. They need depth D like Hammer. Prospects and picks are just dreams and wishes.

    I like Getz, as a second choice. Big guy, could be better with Hoss on his line. But is his future brighter or have we seen his career year already? Only 1 year left on the $5.3m – what will he cost to resign? Personally I’d rather pay for a 23 year old on an expiring $4m contract rather than a 27 year old. And can ANA operate with Koivu, Cogliano, and Bonino? I think they would want more than the Hawks can offer.

    Briere – Solid, of course. Not exactly big or tough. Also, they don’t need Bolland and he is our only true trade chip. And I don’t think the Hawks want to, or should, lock into his $6.5M for the next, what, 5 years? That would leave no room to get Suter who is going to be in the $6m – $7m range until he’s using a walker.

  • May 30, 2012 at 10:29 am


    I just wouldn’t want to give Pittsburgh Bolland as many have suggested. Give them Kruger instead. Then add on Hjalmarsson and one of our solid prospects.

    That would set them up as


    and us with


    If they get Bolland then our third line is lacking grit come playoff time. Pittsburgh looks Stanley Cup ready and Bolland would drive Philly nuts.

    We’re not here to help Pittsburgh. We’re here to make us better. Kruger goes, not Bolland.

  • May 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I think Shaw is a candidate to be a 3rd line center. He does what is asked of him.

    One of either Bolland or Kruger is going to have to go. We all love our guy’s and wish we could simply rid ourselves of Frolik, but it takes something to get something.

  • May 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks to all for your thoughts and ideas…

    After contemplating the many scenarios all of us Hawks fans can come up with…one thing strikes to mind…we need a game changer!…

    Tazer is a game changer…Hoss is often more than not…Kane is a runt and a bitch, but can change a game in three strides or less…Sharpie is our generations Larmer..
    We need that IT factor guy, now, as in today. Not just skates and size, a real difference maker…

    Is that Staal? Or maybe even Suter? Tim Thomas?… (Just including offence/defense and goalies here) how about one or all of em? (of course would have to dump Frolik, Montador and Hjalmz salary…) I could also be happy with Parise and Wideman…Ideas / Thoughts and thanks…

  • May 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    lenert –
    I thought about that Parise / Wideman deal. Would be a rockin’ combo. 2 problems: Deal would be arount $13m (Parise $8m / Wideman $5+m). And we still don’t have that 2nd C.

    logan reilly –
    If you really think Pitt would make that trade you must be face down with Dickie somewhere.

  • May 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm


    Your one to talk, buddy!

    Good luck on signing Ryan Suter! LOL

  • May 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    And to add more to that…Lidstrom is gonna retire. Suter in a Red Wings uniform is way more plausible.

  • May 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Let’s all settle down on the proposals for Jordan Staal. If the Pens are looking to move him to save money next summer to keep Crosby, in a perfect world, they’d be bringing back either one-year deals or less money than Staal is currently making.

  • May 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    How is the premise “Pens need to make room for Crosby in their cap” going together with “trade them 7 million in cap for a 3C downgrade and a bottom pairing defenseman?” There is little way this is not including Saad+ a couple 1st round picks and no way are they taking Hammer, they have nothing but depth at D.

  • June 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Signing Oduya to a contract extension is a sure sign that Blackhawk management, either deliberately or through incompetence, is not committed to competing with the top teams in the league.

    Was anyone else as astounded as me by the constant turnovers (some leading to crushing goals) by Oduya? He and Leddy need to get in the weight room to hopefully get them up to strength standards that are the norm for defenseman in the NHL. Their skill and strength levels are not even in the same league with any of the other top teams.

    The Blackhawks have only two bona fide defenseman in Seabrook and Keith, while the rest play at a level found in Junior A. As long as players like Oduya and Leddy are in the lineup, I predict the Hawks will not make the playoffs. That is at least three more years. I hope I am wrong.

    The fans deserve better. Bowman should be fired for stupidity or incompetence, take your pick.

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