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AP source: Blackhawks send Byfuglien to Thrashers @NHL

ATLANTA (AP) -A person familiar with the negotiations says the Blackhawks and Thrashers are awaiting NHL approval on a multiplayer blockbuster trade that would send Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel and Ben Eager from Stanley Cup champion Chicago to Atlanta.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade has not received final approval from the league.

Chicago also would send a prospect to Atlanta and acquire first- and second-round picks in this week's NHL draft as well as forward Marty Reasoner and prospect Jeremy Morin.

The trade helps to clear salary cap space for the Blackhawks and provides more experience for the Thrashers, who have reached the playoffs only once.

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