Chicago Blackhawks Create Cap Space By Swindling Atanta

Imtiaz FerdousCorrespondent IIJune 23, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 09:  Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager, and Akim Aliu (don't know him but love his name) have been reportedly dealt to Atlanta for Marty Reasoner, Jeremy Morin, and the 54th and 24th pick in this year's entry draft. Looking at this trade I am amazed at the fact that even when Chicago has both hands tied behind their backs they tend to still be able to swindle other teams. 

This trade makes perfect sense for the cap strapped Chicago Blackhawks, by making a deal like this they shed about $3.8 million off their cap space without losing much in terms of quality players. Furthermore, by acquiring the 24th and 54th picks they are able to add to their farm team even more through the draft or give them possible trading chips used to get rid of so called immovable contracts.

This trade makes no sense at all for Atlanta, they are giving up draft picks at a team they will need them the most. With no Ilya Kovalchuk the team must be prepared to do a lot worse than they have, and they've done pretty bad, so it should be an all out rebuild. By giving up draft picks for players that are not that young or talented they are essentially acquiring the parts a Stanley Cup contender would need for the final push, but with no franchise studs it makes no sense.

In conclusion Chicago wins this trade. I have no respect for what Atlanta has done, I stand by my statement. This is a deal which Chicago wins big.