July 25: A week later, the Blackhawks officially announced the contract for Robinson.
July 18: If you’re a minor league veteran looking for a chance to play at the NHL level, there might be no better place than the Chicago Blackhawks. It makes sense then why Buddy Robinson has, according to PuckPedia, signed a one-year, two-way contract with the club for the 2022-23 season. The deal will carry an NHL salary of $750K and an AHL salary of $475K.
Robinson, 30, actually played more this season with the Anaheim Ducks than the rest of his career combined, suiting up 32 times and scoring six points. The 6’6″ forward has been a consistent offensive presence in the minor leagues for years, but rarely had the opportunity to show what he could do at the highest level. In 490 games in the AHL, playing for the Binghamton Senators, San Jose Barracuda, Manitoba Moose, Stockton Heat, and San Diego Gulls, Robinson has scored 120 goals and 259 points, while also racking up 461 penalty minutes.
The Blackhawks have made it very clear through their offseason moves that while they aren’t likely to be competitive at the NHL level, the Rockford IceHogs should be a force to be reckoned with in the AHL. Robinson should only add to that minor league strength–unless of course, he lands himself an NHL job in training camp.
That’s certainly possible, given the way things are shaking out in Chicago. There are lots of players competing for spots, but few real difference-makers or proven commodities. Especially after the trade deadline, when several pieces are expected to be moved, there will likely be playing time available for players like Robinson.