Free-agent defenseman Johnny Oduya will not re-sign with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Oduya, who will be 34 at the start of next season, was acquired midway through the 2011–12 season in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets and spent the next three seasons in Chicago. He played in all 48 of Chicago’s games in the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season and missed just 11 games in the last two seasons.
Oduya averaged 20:17 in ice time last season, skating with Niklas Hjalmarsson on Chicago’s second defensive pairing. He had two goals and eight assists.
Oduya is expected to announce a deal with a new team some time Tuesday.
- Dan Gartland