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‘Hawks put Beach on waivers

Sep 23, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

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Kyle Beach, the 11th overall pick in the 2008 draft, is on waivers, according to USA Today’s Kevin Allen.

Beach has spent his entire pro career with the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate in Rockford. Last year, he scored 16 goals, with 10 assists, in 66 games while amassing 204 penalty minutes.

The 23-year-old signed a one-year, two-way extension with the ‘Hawks this summer. If unclaimed, he’s presumably headed back to Rockford.

A star in junior, Beach scored 52 goals for the Spokane Chiefs in 2009-10; however, questions about his attitude have followed him from his days in the WHL (see: this article from 2007 for background).

  1. jernster21 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    If he’s on a two way deal, why does he have to go through waivers?

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Waiver eligibility has nothing to do with one-way/two-way contracts.

      A two-way contract simply determines whether a player is paid a separate salary in the AHL than they’d get in the NHL, whereas waivers are determined by the players age, their age when they signed their first professional contract and the number of NHL or professional games played.

      • jernster21 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM


      • elvispocomo - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        Yup, just one of the ways the NHL EA sports series has taught people the wrong thing about how actual hockey rules.

    • gmanonthird - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      Once a player reaches a certain amount of pro (AHL or NHL) games, they must clear waivers in order to be placed in the minors. The salary is what the “2-way” is describing. When a player signs a 2-way deal, they are given an AHL salary and a NHL salary.

      Beach is making $110k at the AHL level and $550k at the NHL level, so while Beach is playing in the AHL, he will make $110k and the $550k will not count against the cap. This is the benefit of a 2-way deal, not being exempt from waivers. Rookies and players on an entry-level deal are exempt from waivers because they haven’t exceeded the limit of pro games, not because they are on a 2-way deal.

      • jernster21 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Good to know, thanks.

  2. gregman98 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM


    Do 1-Way and 2-Way contracts effect Waivers?

    Simply put, no they do not. This is a common misconception. 1-way and 2-way contracts have nothing to do with waivers. They are for salary purposes between the AHL and NHL.

  3. 950003cups - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    “however, questions about his attitude have followed him from his days in the WHL”

    Lets get him in a Devils uniform. We can put him on a line with Stefan Matteau. It’s a perfect match. They’ll be like the Sedin twins. The chemistry is obviously perfect.

  4. shanesander - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    stick him with Todd Nelson in OKC

  5. mildfan - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    There is nothing to stick with, he is what he is a goon! A goon who has an attitude that keeps him in the minors!

    • esracerx46 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      More of a punk than a goon. John Scott is a goon. Kyle Beach has a lot of PIM. Alot of them were dumb penalties or came in bunches. I think the icehogs had 3 line brawls last year. Good way to get 10 real quick. The kid likes to fight no doubt, but hes not in juniors anymore and loses more than he wins. Punk yes… goon, not so much.

  6. elvispocomo - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    And some fans were wishing the Canucks would pick him over Hodgson. Hodgson’s situation is another story but at least he’s an NHL’er.

  7. earpaniac - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Scary part is, when StanBo took over, he most likely was our best prospect.

  8. esracerx46 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Prior to last season I relly liked Beach. Before his injury the year prior he was almost a point a game player. I dont think his attitude is an issue anymore. His work ethic is another story. If he were more like Andrew Shaw he would have been up long ago. Decent size good shot… but not the hardest worker. He floats alot looking to make the pretty play and that shouldnt be his game. He takes dumb penalties like Carcillo. He likes to fight, but hes not very good at it. Which is why a guy like della rovere kicked his ass and dislocated his shoulder. Couple his lack of tenacity with being placed on the third line in Rockford because so many guys passed him up on the depth chart and you get to where he is now.

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