I can't imagine how it feels to be pulled from a game—thinking you are out—only to be put in a couple minutes later. And I bet getting into a game for two minutes is frustrating, too.
Remember #roarbacon? Hitch pulled this move in the game (Nov.4) against the Blackhawks—a 6-5 comeback.
On Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs (4-1 loss), Ken Hitchcock pulled Jake Allen after letting in three goals. Brian Elliot seemed excited to get another chance in net, but that chance lasted 2 minutes and 8 seconds.
He must have been pissed, right? He was taken out immediately after being put in. In recent interviews, he expressed his frustration explaining that he is giving it his all and isn't being rewarded with starting games.
So why is Hitch doing this? To save his timeout. Timeouts have become more valuable now that challenges can take them away.
Do you think discouraging our goalies is worth giving our players a minute or two to catch a breathe? It might be. Should Elliot accept Allen as the better goalie as of now? Is this strategy smart or stupid? What do you think?
[Hear me rant on The Rinkside Podcast's epidode this week: Click here]