Cross Checks: Johnny Oduya
From Barry Melrose: "I think it is a great move for Chicago. Obviously, they needed defensive help, and Oduya fits the Chicago style. He is a great skater and a guy who can really help their depth, and they didn't have to give up anyone off their roster."
The Thrashers have a surplus of defensemen, so they would be dealing from a position of strength.
Hainsey, however, would be a pricey pickup; he'll have two years remaining on his current deal at $4.5 million this season, next season and in 2012-13.
• A Hurricanes source says there is still no deal for a defenseman.