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Blackhawks D Oduya says he broke foot in playoffs

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 19, 2014 at 9:11 pm •  Published: July 19, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — Johnny Oduya's walking boot caused a bit of a stir this weekend at the Chicago Blackhawks' annual fan convention.

The veteran defenseman said he broke his right foot when he blocked a shot in Game 7 of the Western Conference final against the Los Angeles Kings. The Blackhawks went on to a 5-4 loss that ended their bid for a repeat Stanley Cup title.

Oduya, who took three shifts after the injury, said he expects to be ready for training camp.

"It's healing pretty good," he said. "I feel good, and I'll be good to go."

When Oduya and the Blackhawks report to training camp in September, they will be joined by two new assistant coaches. Kevin Dineen replaces Jamie Kompon, who became general manager and coach of the WHL's Portland Winterhawks, and Jimmy Waite takes over for fired goaltenders coach Steve Weeks.

Dineen, 50, coached Canada's women's hockey team to a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics. He was the head coach for the Florida Panthers for two-plus seasons before being fired last fall.

Dineen played with coach Joel Quenneville for six seasons with the Hartford Whalers from 1984 to 1990.

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