The Blackhawks surprised many before the Olympic break by making a trade. They made an equally surprising move coming out of the Olympics.
The Hawks released defenseman Michael Kostka. If he had cleared waivers he would have been assigned to Rockford. However Tampa Bay claimed him so now he is gone.
Kostka signed a one-year deal with the team in July and it was decided coming out of camp he would be the 8th defenseman on the team. That meant they made to pass Ryan Stanton through waivers. Needless to say Stanton was claimed by Vancouver.
Kostka appeared in 9 games for the Hawks. During that time he was a plus 3 with 1 goal and 2 assists. In comparison Stanton has appeared in 45 games for Vancouver, averaging just under 15 minutes of ice time a night.He also has one goal and 14 assists.
So to sum all that up, the Hawks let Stanton go to keep Kostka and now have let me go and received nothing in return. Not one of Stan Bowman's best moments.
It looks like Coach Quenneville & Co. will go the rest of the season with just 7 D-men, which was the same 7 they had last season. If an injury were to happen they would turn to Adam Clendening or Kris Dahlbeck who are both playing their second season in Rockford. Neither have appeared in a NHL game.
Another option could come in a trade sometime before the March 5 deadline. However that is unlikely given the current cap situation. With just over $837,000 in cap space any move would probably involve a player on the current NHL roster and everyone seems pretty happy with the current roster.
As the roster stands today they have 13 forwards and 7 defensemen so they have a extra man for each. Let's hope those are the right 20 guys.