Just prior to the NHL roster freeze, it appears the Blackhawks have shipped Cam Barker to the Minnesota Wild for a pair of defensemen, Kim Johnsson and 2009 1st round pick, Nick Leddy.
Johnsson is no longer the player he was in Philadelphia where he scored over 10 goals for three straight seasons from 2001-2004, but at 34 years old is still a relatively reliable defenseman. More importantly, Johnsson is in the last year of his contract. Leddy is currently playing for the University of Minnesota. He was selected with the 16th overall pick.
More thoughts to come, I’m sure.