He was behind Buff, Enström, Bogosian, Stapleton, and sometimes Burmistrov, Hainsey, Flood and Miettinen on the PP point spot for us...
Our PP was piss poor with or without Oduya in the lineup. For a while he was the only player who could hit the net from the blueline. Then in typical Quenneville fashion, he managed to regress in only half a season here. Then in typical Bowman fashion, he's re-signed at an unreasonable cap hit. And people complained about Tallon.
Someone on the Hawks board put it best: At least Tallon overpaid talented players.
Oduya is definitely not better offensively than defensively. Watched him for several seasons in NJ and have tracked him since he left.
Guys a great pucker mover who is solid in his own end but lacks offensive creativity.
That's nice. He isn't in New Jersey anymore. He's not the same guy that you watched, clearly.
He is quite weak in his own end of the ice... very soft and is a turnover machine. He's a decent puckmover and has a reasonably good shot. His offensive instincts are fairly good.
Hence, he is weaker defensively than he is offensively. It's irrelevant if that wasn't the case in New Jersey - it is now, and us Hawk fans know our team better than you do
Holy overpayment batman . Hawks will never escape their cap hell with contracts like this.
They've been out of that since last summer when Campbell was traded.
Strictly in terms of the cap situation, the Hawks are actually in better shape than the majority of big-spending teams around the league.
Unfortunately said big-spending teams are for the most part better teams than Chicago.
Don't really care. Nothing of value can be derived from six games.
The Hawks fans in this thread are ludicrous. Oduya has a strong history of being a solid second pairing puck mover and they seem to think that one playoff series somehow completely dispels that.
I am going to have to disagree with you.
Oduya is a 5-6 D man. He wasn't in the top 4 of the Jets, and the Jets were not in the playoffs.
He certainly shouldn't be in the top 4 of a team like Chicago which is not only a playoff team, but a team that should be contending (with a few additions).
I would agree with the Hawks fans that aren't too happy about this signing. Oduya on their 3rd pair at cheap hit would be ok. Oduya on the 2nd pair eating up 3.375 is not what I would want if I was a fan of a team that I thought was a cup contender.
Oduya should not be on the 2nd pair of a cup contender.