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Byfuglien odd man out in Chicago

The Blackhawks made a big step towards fixing the disaster that is their salary cap situations on Wednesday. According to reports from ESPN and TSN, the Stanley Cup [1] champions shipped winger Dustin Byfuglien (he of a $3 million cap hit), defenseman Brent Sopel ($2.3 million), restricted free agent Ben Eager, and prospect Akim Aliu to the Thrashers for the 24th overall pick (which they acquired from the Panthers in the Ilya Kovalchuk [2] deal) and forwards Marty Reasoner and Jeremy Morin.

The Blackhawks had entered the day with just $1.8 million in cap space according to CapGeek.com. The salary cap for the ’10-’11 season will be $59.4 million after the NHLPA exercised a five percent inflator clause on Tuesday. The deal was announced by both teams early Thursday morning.