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Oduya getting his legs under him

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Oduya getting his legs under him

Johnny Oduya was getting his legs under him after an eventful Monday. The Blackhawks newly acquired defenseman was adjusting to his surroundings and going through team drills with Brent Seabrook.

And as he goes forward with his new team, he knows his role.

Ill try to fit in and help out, Oduya said. Obviously this is a good team and me being here is not a salvation. Were not going to save anybody.

No, but the Blackhawks hope his veteran presence helps a defensive group that could certainly use another one right now, especially with Niklas Hjalmarsson and Steve Montador sidelined.

Oduya paired with Seabrook at Tuesdays practice, and will be in the lineup Wednesday night when the Blackhawks host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Oduyas been through this new-team stuff before he was with the New Jersey Devils before going to the Atlanta ThrashersWinnipeg Jets. While he was somewhat expecting this trade, hell treat this opportunity as he has the others.

Its a new adventure, he said. Its always a tough thing; but its fun, too.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Johnnys a defenseman we can use. I like his experience and we can use his important minutes. I like the way he moves the puck, his quickness.

Viktor Stalberg liked having another fellow countryman in the room.

Its great, were slowly taking over, Stalberg said of the Blackhawks burgeoning Swedish movement. Hes pretty rugged; he can play tough. He plays simple hockey and thats something we need. We need some confidence back there, some calm, maybe, because we have a lot of young guys.

Patrick Kane knows Oduya from past games against him.

Hes an experienced guy whos played some shut-down minutes. Hes tough to play against, quick and good with the puck, Kane said. I think theres a point where you want to see us do something to get better as a team and I thought we did that yesterday. You dont want to see a move where you think, Why did we do that? a year or two down the road. I dont think thats the case here.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Patrick Sharp gives insight on the team's struggles

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Patrick Sharp gives insight on the team's struggles

Former Blackhawk Patrick Sharp joins Pat Boyle on the latest episode of the Blackhawks Talk Podcast to discuss the Blackhawks' recent struggles (1:45) and to look back on winning the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship with the Hawks (7:45).

Plus, Sharpy looks back on the games following the birth of his two daughters (11:45), memories from the mother's and father's trip (13:45) and finally starting a new chapter with his broadcasting career (15:00).

Listen to the full episode here or in the embedded player below:

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Blackhawks place Duncan Keith and Andrew Shaw on injured reserve

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Blackhawks place Duncan Keith and Andrew Shaw on injured reserve

The Blackhawks placed defenseman Duncan Keith and forward Andrew Shaw on injured reserve Friday, retroactive to Nov. 29 and 30, respectively. The move opens up two spots on the 23-man roster, although the team did not make any corresponding transactions due to cap reasons.

Keith, who has missed the last three games with a groin injury, and Shaw, who is in the league's concussion protocol, will not play in Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils but they will both be eligible to return after that, whenever they're cleared to do so. Injured reserve requires a player to miss a minimum of seven days from their retroactive date.

The Blackhawks do not receive any cap relief by putting Keith and Shaw on regular injured reserve, but if their injuries continue to linger, the team could transfer one or both to long-term injured reserve (LTIR) for financial reasons, which would force them to miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days from the time of their injury.

The Blackhawks do not have the cap space to make a call-up and with Drake Caggiula, who's on LTIR, inching closer to a return, that complicates things from a financial standpoint. They're currently sitting at 21 players and have $240,030 in projected cap space, according to Cap Friendly.

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