Dustin Byfuglien , one of the breakout players for the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks last season, is in the process of being traded to the Thrashers, pending a trade call.

Byfuglien , along with Brent Sopel , Ben Eager and Akim Aliu , will be headed to Atlanta in exchange for the 24th overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the 54th pick, Marty Reasoner and Jeremy Morin .

The 25-year-old forward had 17 goals and 17 assists in 82 games with the Hawks last season.

At 6’4, 257 pounds, the Minnesota native will bring his thunderous size and strength to the struggling Thrashers franchise.


  1. nordiques100 says:

    That's shocking. Buff was one of the faces of the Hawks. I am surprised it's him moved considering his flexibility to play forward and defence and his impact he can have as a net presence.

    Eager too is a major loss of toughness. The Hawks could stand up to any team with those two in the lineup. They must feel Kyle Beach is ready to fill that kind of role and keep the Hawks relatively tough.

    Sopel isnt tough, but he did add a gritty shot blocking presence on D.

    choosing between 3 mil cap hits, i'd rather have moved Versteeg.

    But now, if this trade is approved, the Hawks have the 24th, 30th, 43rd, 54th and 60th picks in the draft.

    They've also added Morin, a 2nd round pick last year. Lets not forget too them getting Nick Leddy, a 1st rounder from Minny last year plus their own prospects like Dylan Olsen and Shawn Lalonde, another good blueline prospect.

  2. Steve362 says:

    You could stick Aki Berg on one of the top two lines in Chicago and he would do well. Byfuglien is overrated and Atlanta got destroyed in this trade.

    Giving up a First rounder a Second rounder and a Top prospect as well as taking on Sopel's terrible contract with Byfuglien being the main attraction of the trade…. Shame on you Atlanta.

  3. broc says:

    Robbery by Chicago.

    Sopel has no value… Eager is a 4th liner with minor value, so really the only decent piece the Trashers are getting is Big Buff.

    So, a 1st, a 2nd, a top prospect in Jeremy Morin, and Reasoner (nobody really), for Buff, who had 17 goals and 17 assists all year?

    Chicago is a contender for the next decade.. they'll have tons of great prospects on super cheap entry level deals coming through the pipeline the next 5 years.

    Buff only got his playoff #'s playing with Kane and Toews.. I guess he's moving from one Kane to another though (Evander), so you never know.

    Atlanta should be happy if Buff gets over 20 goals next year IMO.

    This deal totally favors Chicago IMO..

  4. nordiques100 says:

    and Buff is a RFA after this year coming. There was no way to re-sign him. He'd totally want to be overpaid.

    And really, after a great playoff, sometimes those not so great players who overachieved tend to fall the following year. See Max Talbot. nowhere near the impact guy he was helping the Pens win in 2009.

    And as i mentioned earlier. 5 picks in the top 60 for the cup champs. That's how you maintain your status as contenders.

    the 29th place Leafs have ZERO picks in that span.

  5. Frank181 says:

    What do the maple leafs have to do with this post?

  6. rcichard0337 says:

    he's just taking a cheap shot at the leafs while there down.

  7. pezzz123 says:

    Heck of a trade by Chicago. Wow. Just Wow.

    Byfuglien was really starting to be overrated. He's a good physical presence, but in the regular season he's too inconsistent. He's not worth his 3 million contract. Troy Brouwer in short term, and Kyle Beach long term will take his spot.

    Brent Sopel is a good 3rd pair shot-blocker, but at 2.33 million, he was going to be moved no doubt.

    I loved Ben Eager on the 4th line, but hey….he's still only a 4th liner.

    Akim Aliu is a bum.

    And they get what? A late 1rst rounder in a deep draft, a late 2nd rounder in the same draft, Marty Reasoner (he'll maybe get traded again short after) and Jeremy Morin, who's relatively unknown, but still a top prospect?

    Chicago is really starting to look like a potential dynasty. They dump Byfuglien and Barker, still win the Cup, and get a 1rst rounder, a 2nd rounder, Jeremy Morin and Nick Leddy. Wow.

    And they still have to dump Versteeg, who's gonna bring something good on his own.

    Wow. Just wow.

  8. LeafsneedSteen says:

    Wow, really surprised by the blacklash, Atlanta won this deal.  250+ young power forward that plays physical and is developing a scoring touch, not that easy to come by.  Put him on a line with Evander Kane and the Thrashers have the ingredients for the most punishing line in the league.  Add Antropov for depth and the Hawks have what a lot of teams don't, size in their top six.  Not to mention a couple of depth bruisers as throw ins and Sopel is an upgrade to their blueline.  Teams aren't going to be looking forward to playing in Atlanta.

    So let Chicago have their late 1st round picks that are likely to produce a couple of career minor leaguers.

  9. inurface says:

    so for thrashers really wanna make an impact
    sign kovalchuk 12 yr 105 mill (highly unlikely he returns though)


    sign nabokov/turco/


    trade for timthomas maybe?
    rob hainsey has to be included to cut cap space and send to boston along with pavelec

    ………..jus thoughts on wht thrasher should/can do..

  10. Mapleleaves says:

    I thin k he's mostly trying to say STOP TRADING DRAFT PICKS AWAY TORONTO.  I agree with him, even if draft picks are unproven, theyre yours for 3 years and then can be traded for (possibly) something better when people see what they can do in the AHL or when they improve in theyre own legue. Example, id say kadri is worth more now then he was as 7th overal pick.

  11. Mapleleaves says:

    thats a pretty weak story, pretty much like any rumor that says the ducks need a replacement for neids..  i agree that they probably need someone like kabs but burke is going to take the BEST offer and thers already 4.

  12. nordiques100 says:

    That is exactly what i was trying to say!

  13. JoelJoel says:


    Plus Buff has only a year left under contract and Eager is a UFA July 1st.

    I feel almost as bad for Atlanta as I do for Dustin and company.

  14. JoelJoel says:

    At least we still have a team..

    …oh snap!

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