Rather than unleashing hell as I’m sure so many already have about tonight’s game, I think it’s best if we take a step back and look at how much this game meant to Blackhawks management. Yesterday, the Hawks re-assigned Ryan Potulny and Ben Smith to Rockford. No big deal. We saw this a bunch last year; the Hawks would re-assign players on their off-days in order to save cap money. Then on the day of the games, they would be called right back up.
For arguments sake and to make it easier on the brain, let’s say that Potulny and Smith cost about $5,000 a day on the cap between the two of them. According to Cap Geek, the Hawks are on pace to finish about $985,000 below the cap.
Well, today the Blackhawks -as an organization, mind you- decided that rather than fielding an actual competitive team against the New Jersey Devils, they would prefer to save themselves the $5,000 in cap space for a rainy March trade deadline day. So what you had was a Blackhawks team skating with 10 forwards, Jordan Hendry and John Scott. The two of them saw less than 7 minutes of ice time combined. Oh and by the way, they were a -1 in a one goal game (Empty net goals don’t count in my dad’s world so they shouldn’t in yours, either.).
See? The Blackhawks really didn’t care all that much about tonight’s outcome, so neither should you. They were more concerned with giving themselves a little extra cap cushion for that big Brad Richards deal coming their way. Nevermind that they might be 6 points out of a playoff spot by then.
*On The Farm*
The IceHogs scored twice in the final frame to turn a 2-0 deficit against the Milwaukee Admirals into a 2-2 tie. Kyle Beach scored his third goal of the year with assists from Ben Smith and Ivan Vishnevskiy. Then with less than a minute and a half left in regulation, Jeff Taffe scored the equalizer. Vishnevskiy and Igor Makarov assisted on it. The Hogs won it in a shootout when Brandon Pirri, Beach, Vishnevskiy, and Taffe all scored.
Hannu Toivonen was 1st star of the game with 24 saves.