As for the particulars, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reported that the Stars acquired Mark McNeill and a conditional fourth-round pick from the Blackhawks. However, if the Blackhawks make it to the Western Conference Final and Oduya plays in 50 per cent or more of the team's games, the pick becomes a third round pick. He was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the first round (18th overall) in 2011.
McNeill, 24, seemed out of options in Chicago. This move helps the team shore up their blue line, which has been without one of their more steady presences since last Thursday.
He's a three-time Stanley Cup champion with Chicago and has appeared in 610 regular season games since making his debut in 2007-08 as a 20-year-old. Johnny Oduya is back which means the Big 4 with Brian Campbell are back together!
So maybe Coach Q was watching the same hockey we were watching as Trevor van Riemsdyk has struggled the past week being the weak link of the Chicago Blackhawks defensive core.
He has always been picky about who he accepts on his defense, and that's the simplest explanation of why the Chicago Blackhawks are always strong defensively.