I know most people see this as a "demotion". I'm sure Patches isn't thrilled about being sent to Hamilton instead of going to enjoy the warm weather in Florida this week. But let's face it. He's been regressing since he got here. He had a great camp but it hasn't helped him a whole lot here. He's been looking more and more lost by the game.
Going to Hamilton (or actually, I think the Hammies will be in Rockford, Norfolk and Chicago this week) is the best thing for him. How anyone thought that he was ready to be an NHLer when he only had a handful of AHL games after coming out of college is beyond me. He should have started off the season in Hamilton. But I digress. This is the best thing for him in the long term. He's going to get his confidence back and hopefully he's not going to get whacked around as much. And he's going to help my Hammies win games again (once he gets used to The Real System (which is better than The System). Yup. Yup. Yup.).
Welcome back to Hammie-town, Patches. Please don't sulk.
EDIT: Oh look. We swapped Dagger for Maxwell. Boohoo. Good luck to Maxwell! Dagger's on a conditioning stint for now, so he would still need to clear waivers eventually if he's going to stay (I believe anyway).
I'm counting down the days until Patches and Dagger can get The Real System.