Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Byfuglien Headed to Atlanta

TSN reports that the Chicago Blackhawks are in the process of sending Dustin Byfuglien, along with Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Akim Aliu, to Atlanta in exchange for the 24th overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the 54th pick, Marty Reasoner and Jeremy Morin.

The hold-up on the trade appears to be tied to waiting for league personnel to land in Los Angeles. After that, the trade should be made official.

...the Blackhawks needed to dump salary to get under the cap and this was a big step towards doing that. Wonder who's next. I know a lot of Rangers fans are on Sharp. You guys think Sather is interested?

...while I would have liked for them to go after Byfuglien, I doubt the Rangers were ever in serious talks with the Blackhawks as Chicago wasn't taking back one of the Blueshirts big three contracts and Sather seems very hesitant to give away young talent this offseason.

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Jack said...

Wow. I'm in shock, honestly. Dude is a beast and could mean so much to a club — there goes a lot of wind in Chi-town's sails. However, I guess they got a bunch of new potential talent — it seems like they're good at drafting/developing players.

James said...

DB is a good, strong forward but I'd surprised if he blossoms into a legit star. He got hot at the right time--in the playoffs. But every year, someone gets hot and looks like a star in the playoffs only to fade away again later: Fernando Pisani, Sami Pahlsson, Joe Juneau, and lots of others. Remember when the Rangers chased Mike Keane after his gritty Avs playoff performances? We all know how that turned out. My guess is DB is a career 15-20 goal player who is tough to play against when he's on his game and invisible many other nights. Also, any 257lb guy who is willing to stand in the crease will look like a star with Patrick Kane and Joanthan Toewes feeding you pucks.

Kevin DeLury said...

I was just sent this from a Ranger fan not so into Byfuglien:

Dave said...

Man the Hawks are in great shape! :(

chef dave said...

i'm bummed, buff is a beast. like an antropov who cares.