Blackhawks Trade Versteeg, Contradicting Previous “No More Trades” Statement

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What a difference five days can make in the world of the Chicago BlackhawksGM Stan Bowman. Here’s what was written by Chicago Breaking Sports on June 25th. Note the Bowman quotes:

Bowman said Friday that despite the rumors, many of which focused on winger Kris Versteeg, the Hawks don’t have to make any more deals to clear space under the salary cap to sign key restricted free agents, including goaltender Antti Niemi and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. The Hawks have already dealt Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Colin Fraser.

“We’re fine,” Bowman said. “We made our move to unload some salary there and the salary cap was higher than we anticipated; we didn’t think it would be at $59.4 (million). Those combinations made it a much better scene.”

And tonight, here’s the transaction they completed:

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Blackhawks Deal Colin Fraser to Edmonton for Draft Pick

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The cap space clearing continues. Yesterday it was the much beloved Dustin Byfuglien, and a couple other veterans. Today, the Chicago Blackhawks have acquired the Edmonton Oilers’ sixth round selection (151st overall) in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft in exchange for center Colin Fraser. The Blackhawks now have 11 total selections in the Draft, including five in the first two rounds (24, 30, 43, 54 and 60).

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Blackhawks trade Byfuglien, Eager and More to Atlanta

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Looking to free up cap space before this offseason, the Chicago Blackhawks got right to work and made a major trade with the Atlanta Thrashers. The Blackhawks sent Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel, and prospect Akim Aliu to the Atlanta Thrashers for the a first round (#24 overall) and second round (#54 overall) pick in Friday’s NHL Entry Draft. Chicago also received a couple players in the deal; veteran Marty Reasoner and prospect Jeremy Morin.

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