All season long, it was apparent that the Blackhawks needed a second-pairing defenseman. Nick Leddy wasn't ready to carry the load, and Niklas Hjalmarsson has proven to be a shot blocker first, and all else second.
As the season went on, guys like Pavel Kubina, Hal Gill and Tom Gilbert slipped past the Hawks. Veterans like Francois Beauchemin and Andy Sutton signed extensions, taking them off the trade market.
With time winding down on the trade deadline clock, Stan Bowman traded his second and third-round selections in the 2013 NHL draft for Winnipeg's Johnny Oduya. Since then, the Hawks have seemingly found the spark they've been missing, and are on a roll.
Oduya's addition was with the sole belief that he could not only get the Hawks into the postseason, but help them go far in the playoffs.