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It’s Playoffs or Bust for the Rockford IceHogs

By Cindy Crawford

Let’s go IceHogs (stomp, stomp, stomp stomp stomp) Let’s go IceHogs, and bring those cowbells. It’s the playoffs or bust for the Rockford IceHogs this season! Their roster, so far, includes 25 players. Fifteen forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies make the list. What a roster it is. There’s enough talent and NHL experience in Rockford this AHL team is no doubt a favorite for the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The player added to the roster who is most in the news is Teuvo Teravainen. The disappointed forward told he needs to be positive, have fun and play good here if he wants to play with the Chicago Blackhawks this season. He’s got that right. Other players who know this scenario first hand are IceHogs d-man Adam Clendening and Blackhawk center Peter Regin. Disappointment aside, Regin told IceHogs News he will evaluate himself and work on his game while in Rockford. With these three playing with the best team in the league, it’s tough to be sent down. It doesn’t hurt to be a top hog in the AHL rather than a rookie in the NHL. As for Teravainen, Clendening and Regin, they are only going to get better. A Cup on the resume looks good even if it is a Calder. If they play like they are being scouted every game, they will head back to Chicago and the IceHogs will be in the playoffs this year.

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The goaltending roster has been just as active. Having Scott Darling and Michael Leighton as netminders, the goal should be covered. Darling’s 6’6” 230 pound frame alone is coverage but it was his strong performance in the Blackhawks preseason that created quite a stir in Chicago. Leighton’s career has been a bit of a rollercoaster between injuries and traveling but he brings a positive attitude and NHL experience to Rockford. There should be a healthy competition between Darling and Leighton to perform well for the IceHogs in hopes of a chance to move up again. Having them here is another plus for Rockford’s 2014-15 season.

Coach Dent is excited about the roster so far and is busy thinking about his lines. Dent will be trying a few combinations and doing a rotation at the beginning then let it take its course. Coach likes the character of the team. The guys that know the coaching, team and league with the mixture of the youngsters should be winning results. The Rockford IceHogs are playoff bound or bust for sure this season.

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