Wow..Dustin Byfuglien was traded along with two other Chicago Blackhawks to the Atlanta Falcons. It was common knowledge that Chicago had salary cap issues to deal with for the upcoming year. But...trade Dustin Byfuglien? That was not expected at all.
Mike Milbury was just interviewed on NHL Live! and stated he believed that was a huge mistake. I totally agree. When I first heard the news, I thought..”Of all the people”.
During the regular season, he may not have been that impressive. The regular season does not matter much, anyways. The regular season, basically, determines who makes it into the Playoffs. However, once the Playoffs and Final started, “Big Buff” kicked in.
He thrives in that “big arena”. Byfuglien was the major reason for the Hawks keeping Pronger until control for the last two games. He was the backbone of the Hawks getting their act together. Until Byfuglien took Chris Pronger out, the Hawks were kind of floundering. Just the fact that Pronger was able to be taken down, in and of itself, says a lot about Byfuglien's talent and strength. The team rallied together and gained strength when Byfuglien was at his best.
In my opinion, the Hawks will not be the same AT ALL without Dustin Byfuglien around.
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