Heading into last night's matchup with the Montreal Canadiens, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville made a surprising decision.
Coach Q scratched defenseman Connor Murphy so he could get Cody Franson into the lineup.
While everybody understands Franson had to eventually draw into the lineup to get some action, with so much hype behind Murphy being the future of the Hawks blueline, many fans were asking why.
"It's certainly not fun when you have to make the decision, not fun for the guys who don't get to play," Quenneville said. "But (Franson) had a real good camp for us. We've got to get him in at some point. … It's not an easy call."
"It was more so we wanted to get 'Frans' in," Quenneville said after Tuesday's 3-1 victory. "That was more so the decision."
The choice was basically down to Jan Ruttu or Murphy, Rutta had scored two goals so far this season and has continuously impressed Quenneville and Hawks management through the preseason and regular season.
The veteran Franson was happy to get into the lineup and coming off a PTO he understood why he hadn't played yet.
"Any time you sit, there's always that burning in your stomach where there's mixed emotions about it," Franson said. "I knew the situation. I knew why that was happening and it makes sense."
While Quenneville might have not been sending a message to Murphy, he definitely sent one to Ruttu.