Beach era over before it even started
As it turned out, there wasn't much to the Kyle Beach era with the Blackhawks.
Beach, the 11th pick in the 2008 draft, was traded to the New York Rangers on Friday without ever having played a game in Chicago.
Beach was sent to the Rangers for forward Brandon Mashinter.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Beach was passed up on the organizational depth chart by other young forwards.
"We had a lot of young kids that got opportunities," Quenneville said. "When I look back over the course of time six years ago, it looked like he was almost on the team. I think organizationally there have been a lot of guys that have made that next step and got a chance here, but I guess you've got to earn it. Some guys got the opportunity based on how they were playing."
The big question remains whether Beach can play in the NHL.
"I'm sure he's going to get the chance to," Quenneville said. "Organizationally, you get a fresh breath or air when you go to a new place and the opportunity is probably going to be there and you have to take advantage of it. So you wish him well and I'm sure they're looking at him to get a chance to play and see how he fits in."
The 25-year-old Mashinter is a power forward who will report directly to Rockford. He appeared in six games with the Rangers this season and has 27 penalty minutes in 23 career NHL games with the Rangers and San Jose Sharks.