Chicago Blackhawks Make Trade For Minnesota Wild’s Kim Johnsson

February 12th, 2010 by Michael Wagner Leave a reply »
The Chicago Blackhawks have made a trade before the Olympic roster freeze in which they acquired Minnesota Wild defenseman Kim Johnsson and 2009 first round pick Nick Leddy for defenseman Cam Barker.

Throughout most of the season it was known that Cam Barker was the most likely player to be traded during the season due to his high cap hit and average play throughout the 2009-2010 season.

Although Barker had struggled this season many throughout the league still saw him as a potential top four defenseman if he was actually given a shot to be so. On the Blackhawks Barker was nothing more than a five of six defenseman, but if given more minutes he could turn into quite an offensive defenseman.

Now, for what the Blackhawks got for Barker: in return for the former first round pick they received veteran defenseman Kim Johnsson and defensive prospect Nick Leddy.

In Johnsson the Blackhawks get a very solid defenseman, although not a productive offensive defenseman like Barker. Whatever Johnsson lacks in offensive production he makes up in his defensive play—which is evident by his plus minus, a plus-3, that is second on the Wild.

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