The Blackhawks sent defenseman Stephen Johns back to Rockford on Tuesday morning.
Why did the Hawks bring up Johns for 24 hours? To maximize the cap space they can/will get from putting Trevor vanRiemsdyk on LTIR, according to CapGeek.
#Blackhawks moves today got them within ~$30K of cap before putting van Riemsdyk on LTIR. This maximizes their LTIR cap space going forward.
— CapGeek (@capgeek) November 18, 2014
Here’s CapGeek’s LTIR FAQ for more about how the Hawks are maximizing their cap space.