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Restricted free agency in the NHL is a weird, middling, vague, and unpleasant realm of the CBA. Due to the League being run by a bunch of old white, back-slapping cronies, the top end of the RFA toolkit rarely ever gets used in trying to poach players that have drastically out performed their first and second contracts. It’s a bit underhanded, but it’s perfectly legal to do, and the it’s such a big deal when an offer sheet happens is because they are so rare. Whatever anyone’s thoughts on the Flyers or Shea Weber as a player, the offer sheet he signed was brilliantly structured with poison pills left and right that made it difficult for mid-market dope David Poile to swallow when signing him.

But there is an inverse, flip-side, bizzarro aspect to restricted free agency as well, and that is when a team declines to give a player it has under control a qualifying offer, the deadline for which passed yesterday afternoon, and sometimes it’s not exactly done on purpose. And the list of players now left out in the cold is quite interesting.

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Honestly, that might be the best headline I’ve ever written.

Anyway, I could have saved this for tomorrow but I’ll be too depressed after City put five past Liverpool so let’s get this done now. The Blackhawks acquired the biggest center on the rental market tonight, Antoine Vermette, for Klas Dahlbeck and 2015’s 1st round pick.

Ok, the main complaint first, the price. Yeah, it’s steep on the surface. But when you dig deeper, it’s not so much. A 1st rounder is a 1st rounder yes, but the Hawks will get a 1st or high 2nd (essentially the same thing their first round pick will be) back when they have to dump someone like Sharp or Bickell in the summer because of cap problems. Fuck, they got a 1st for Troy Brouwer. If Bickell comes up with another big playoff performance, he can fetch a 2nd.

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Game Time: 7:30PM Central
TV/Radio: CSN, WGN-AM 720
Les Incompétents: Habs EOTP

As the Hawks continue through this meat grinder stretch of the schedule where they are consistently taking on the upper-echelon teams of the league, they will complete their season series with the Montreal Canadiens tonight on home ice. The first meeting up at the Molson Centre didn’t go quite so well for the Habs, and it’s still close enough in the rear-view mirror for them to remember it well.

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Monty-Python-and-The-Holy-Grail-monty-python-16581100-845-468 vs oldschool

Game Time: 7:30PM Central
TV/Radio: CSN, WGN-AM 720
Les Incompétents: Habs EOTP

As the Hawks continue through this meat grinder stretch of the schedule where they are consistently taking on the upper-echelon teams of the league, they will complete their season series with the Montreal Canadiens tonight on home ice. The first meeting up at the Molson Centre didn’t go quite so well for the Habs, and it’s still close enough in the rear-view mirror for them to remember it well.

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The Rockford IceHogs saw an eight-game win streak come to an end in with two losses to the Milwaukee Admirals in the first two games of a three-game weekend. Rockford finished their first three-games in three-nights stretch of the season with a home win in front of a pseudo sell-out audience at the BMO Center Sunday.

With that win, Rockford reclaimed the top spot in the AHL’s Midwest Division. They remain in the second spot in the Western Conference standings with 23 points in 16 games.

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The Rockford IceHogs saw an eight-game win streak come to an end in with two losses to the Milwaukee Admirals in the first two games of a three-game weekend. Rockford finished their first three-games in three-nights stretch of the season with a home win in front of a pseudo sell-out audience at the BMO Center Sunday.

With that win, Rockford reclaimed the top spot in the AHL’s Midwest Division. They remain in the second spot in the Western Conference standings with 23 points in 16 games.

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The kids down Rockford way have been red-hot in their last week of action. The IceHogs return to the BMO Harris Bank Center Tuesday with a five-game winning streak in tow.

Rockford won in Grand Rapids Wednesday and followed that up with back-to-back pastings of the San Antonio Rampage this weekend. The IceHogs are 7-2-0-1 through their first ten games and sit atop the AHL’s Midwest Division as of Monday.

With 15 points on the 2014-15 campaign, Rockford is currently in second place in the AHL’s Western Conference. The Hogs also have a new captain in place and an offense that has scored 18 times in the last four games. Here are some notes on a very successful road trip.

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The Rockford IceHogs skated to a 2-1 record this past week, winning back-to-back home tilts this weekend over Midwest Division rivals Chicago and Lake Erie. As Rockford prepares to hit the road again, they now sit behind the red-hot Milwaukee Admirals in the division standings.

With a 4-2-0-1 mark and nine points on the 2014-15 campaign, the IceHogs occupy the fourth spot in the AHL’s Western Conference. Here’s how the past week unfolded for Rockford.

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The Rockford IceHogs skated to a 2-1 record this past week, winning back-to-back home tilts this weekend over Midwest Division rivals Chicago and Lake Erie. As Rockford prepares to hit the road again, they now sit behind the red-hot Milwaukee Admirals in the division standings.

With a 4-2-0-1 mark and nine points on the 2014-15 campaign, the IceHogs occupy the fourth spot in the AHL’s Western Conference. Here’s how the past week unfolded for Rockford.