Welcome to a new feature (well, an old feature made new again) here at ClearedForContact: Quick Hits. Each Sunday, we’ll cover some of the recent happenings, statistics, and anecdotes from the previous week’s games, as well as touch on important goings-on around the NHL as a whole to cap off the week and to get your Monday mornings started.
Let’s be honest here. How many more games would Brendan Smith have needed to view from the Press Box before an official trade request was submitted to management – two, maybe three? The Rangers’ six-game winning streak was snapped by the Blackhawks on Wednesday night, but had they won that game, what are the chances Alain Vigneault would have bucked his tendency to not touch a winning line-up to get Smith in against the Blue Jackets on Friday night? Slim to none.