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IceHogs Coping With Trades, Disappointment

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How does a hockey team replace it’s top three scorers almost overnight? That’s what the IceHogs are faced with after a week of stunning trades.

Mark McNeill, Spencer Abbott, and Sam Carrick…they’re all gone in two trades that have left their teammates stunned.

“I don’t think anyone really saw it coming to be honest,” says forward Kyle Baun. “I’m a little disappointed. It’s two good team guys and obviously some of your top point-getters.”

When you subtract those three players you’re subtracting a big chunk of the offense. They had combined for 32 goals and 91 points this season, and in return in the trades the IceHogs received nothing that will benefit them…at least not this season.

“I know it’s part of the game, but it’s new to me,” says IceHogs captain Jake Dowell. “I’ve never been on a team that has not been trying to add a piece or two.”

“It’s not every day you lose three of your top six forwards,” says IceHogs coach Ted Dent. “We’ve traditionally lost players at the deadline. We’ve never really gained anybody to help us out, so we’re used to it.”

“When you don’t get anyone back it’s a little bit (demoralizing), but at the same time it’s all about the team that’s here now,” says forward Brandon Mashinter.

There’s still offensive talent on the roster with guys like Tyler Motte, Vince Hinostroza, Michael Latta and Brandon Mashinter, but any of them could be called up to the Blackhawks at any moment. 

As it was the IceHogs were somewhat longshots to make the playoffs. Now they’re even bigger longshots. That more than anything has created an atmosphere of frustration and disappointment.

“That’s what happens when you’re not in contention and you’re not a playoff team,” says Dent. “It’s a big lesson for our whole group that we needed to be better and we weren’t and Chicago sort of dismantled our team.”

“Deep down it sucks,” says Dowell. “It hurts. It’s frustrating. We’re all on the same boat, so it’s on us to approach it the right way and come in and work hard and try to make the best of a pretty crappy situation.”

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