Blackhawks To Recall Ben Smith

Rostislav Olesz cleared waivers on Thursday morning and was sent to Rockford.

In his place, the Blackhawks will reportedly recall Ben Smith from Rockford. Smith had 10 points (six goals, four assists) in nine games with the IceHogs this year.

Obviously Olesz was a non-factor for the Hawks this year, but Smith’s contributions at the end of last year and in the preseason this year before his concussion should make him a more viable candidate for regular ice time.

What’s scary is that the Blackhawks have the most points in the NHL, and their roster just got better.

7 thoughts on “Blackhawks To Recall Ben Smith

  1. Tab,
    What’s the impact of sending Olesz down? Since he cleared waivers are the Hawks on the line for his entire salary? Will he be earning an NHL paycheck for his AHL performances?

  2. Peter I know I am not Tab, but I will attempt to answer and someone can correct me if I am wrong.

    Because he cleared waivers we are still on the hook for the 3.5 mill per yr, but his 3.5 mill is cleared off our Salary Cap space. I believe this means we have a little more than 6 mill in cap space now.

  3. Ryan is right in concept, but the numbers are a little off. Olesz’ cap number is 3.125M, which is indeed buried as long as he’s in Rockford. However, at the end of the day the Hawks will still be responsible for the a cap hit of 19 gms active on the NHL roster from Olesz. Right now they have a little over $6.1M in cap space, a number that would have been closer to $7M if Olesz had started the season in Rockford.

  4. things are falling in to place… Smith can play any line, Bruno on PP and limited minutes. Hawks just got a true power forward, and go to the net guy (Toews) by moving Bruno down and Hossa up. And have 6 Million to buy another one when the time comes.

    Carbomb has been good, but at the end of the day he is not a true top 6 finisher.

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