The Chicago Blackhawks today acquired defenseman Johnny Oduya from the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Mark McNeill and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in the 2018 National Hockey League Draft. Additionally, the Blackhawks placed defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 23.
Oduya, 35, returns to the Blackhawks where he played from 2012-2015 and was a member of the 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup Championship teams. In four seasons with the Blackhawks, he tallied nine goals and 34 assists in 219 games. He has spent the last two seasons with the Stars and in 37 games this season, he has one goal and six assists.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Oduya has scored 36 goals and recorded 144 assists in 783 career games with New Jersey (2006-10), Atlanta/Winnipeg (2010-12), Chicago and Dallas (2015-17). In 102 career Stanley Cup Playoffs games, the defenseman has six goals and 22 assists. With Chicago, he has appeared in 71 Stanley Cup Playoffs games and notched five goals and 18 assists. In 2010 and 2014, Oduya represented his native Sweden in the Winter Olympic Games.
McNeill, 24, collected 28 points (6G, 22A) in 58 games with the Rockford IceHogs this season. The Edmonton, Alberta, native appeared in one game with the Blackhawks on Jan. 26, 2016 at Carolina. Over his AHL career, McNeill compiled 72 goals and 85 assists in 273 games - all with the IceHogs. He was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the first round (18th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.
Hjalmarsson has five goals and nine assists in 60 games with the Blackhawks this season.
The Blackhawks return to action tomorrow when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center at 7:00 p.m. The game can be seen live nationally on NBCSN, streamed live online with the NBC Sports App, and heard on WGN Radio.