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Dustin Byfuglien came back into the United Center for the first time since Game 5 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals with a warning for his former teammates.

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Former Blackhawks defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of boating while intoxicated in Minnesota.

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Former Hawk Dustin Byfuglien, who is having a big season for the Atlanta Thrashers at defense, will also be making the trip down to Raleigh, N.C. for the All-Star game.

None of the Hawks was surprised, considering Byfuglien's 16 goals and 41 points. Both totals lead all NHL defensemen.

buff.jpgLAS VEGAS -- Just after midnight, it became official.

Dustin Byfuglien, restricted free agent Ben Eager, veteran defenseman Brent Sopel and prospect Akim Aliu were traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for the 24th overall pick in the NHL draft (which starts Friday), the 54th overall pick, veteran forward Marty Reasoner, winger Joey Crabb (who has starred in Chicago with the Wolves) and promising prospect Jeremy Morin.

The holdup? Some contracts Atlanta had to get off their books.

Hawks GM Stan Bowman and Thrashers GM Rick Dudley each spoke with the media early Thursday or late Wednesday, depending what time zone you were in.

Here are some of the highlights with Bowman's 12:30 a.m. conference call: I did find it interesting that Bowman referred to Jack Skille and Bryan Bickell as players the Hawks are looking for to step up in place of Byfuglien, a star in the playoffs. Skille and Bickell are restricted free agents and still need to be signed.

33.jpgLAS VEGAS -- A source confirmed Wednesday that Dustin Byfuglien has been traded to the Atlanta Thrashers.

According to various internet reports, Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and prospect Akim Aliu were traded to Atlanta for the 24th overall pick in the 2010 draft, the 54th overall pick, Marty Reasoner and Jeremy Morin.

No official announcement has been made by the Hawks or the Thrashers. More to come.

Told that Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was on the ice for every goal scored by the Blackhawks, Dave Bolland's eyes lit up and his jaw dropped.

Dustin Byfuglien has played defense for the last month or so -- having his share of ups and downs -- but he was moved back to wing at practice Wednesday by coach Joel Quenneville.

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan hailing from the Far Northwest Side. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools.

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