Oduya, who was wearing a walking boot Friday, said he suffered the injury late in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings on June 1 and likely wouldn’t have been able to play in the Stanley Cup finals if the Blackhawks had advanced.
"Yeah, I broke it [the] last game, and it’s healing pretty good," Oduya said at the Blackhawks Convention at the Chicago Hilton. "I feel good, and I’ll be good to go [for training camp].
"[It was a] shot from the point, end of the third period, Game 7. I played the rest of the game. Usually not that bad. Once you take the skate off, it blows up on you. It would’ve been tougher afterward [if we advanced]."
Oduya’s name has been tossed around as someone the Blackhawks could trade this offseason to get under the salary cap, but Oduya said he expects to return to the team for another season.
"I think they’re happy with my play from last year. Like I said, it’s a new situation for next year," Oduya said. "We’ll see what happens. I’m very, very happy to be here. This is the place where I really enjoy playing hockey, and I’ve loved it here so far, and I think I’ll like it in the future, too. If that’s not the case, I'll go somewhere else.
"I wouldn’t say nervous, but you know the reality of the business, and I’ve been around it for a couple of these situations where you might be a little bit over or, on the other hand, you’re the cheaper player and you can fit in in a different way. It’s not really much you can do, but realize the situation and you prepare for the season the same way."