In light of the Blackhawks’ streak, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed on a plan to have the team play the rest of its games in an MLB-style, split-squad fashion.
One team, captained by Jonathan Toews, will resume the Hawks’ current schedule. The other, led by Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, will assume the Columbus Blue Jackets’ schedule. Columbus has been relegated to college hockey’s division II club status.
“We’re excited,” said goalie Corey Crawford, who still hasn’t found out which team he will be on. “I just wish one of us was in the Eastern Conference so we could meet for the Stanley Cup.”
Although no official word has been released about who will make up the rest of the two teams, word has filtered down that GM Stan Bowman has been lurking around local beer leagues and the high school playoffs for replacements.