Why the Chicago Blackhawks Should Trade Dustin Byfuglien—Now

June 21st, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
Everyone knows the Chicago Blackhawks will face some tough decisions with their roster in the coming days/weeks, and while the departure of free agents is easily justified (the Hawks simply cannot afford players like John Madden next year), whenever a fan favorite is traded it's hard to stomach his departure.

After an incredible postseason in which he led the entire NHL with five game-winning goals, Dustin Byfuglien is riding high in the eyes of Hawks fans...and general managers all over the league. Because of this, now is the time for the Hawks to trade Dustin Byfuglien .

For the knee-jerk reactors out there that say, "You can't move him after these playoffs!" I simply say slow your roll. If you look back at the overall body of work, there is really no question that Byfuglien is not only the best "sell-high" candidate on the Blackhawks roster, but arguably the most overrated player in the NHL right now. Look back at Byfuglien's career. He was brought up as a defenseman , but was moved to a wing spot by Denis Savard to utilize his size. He truly emerged on the scene in Chicago in 2007-08, playing in 67 games and scoring a then-career best 19 g ...

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