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Blackhawks Have Time To Find Their ‘Hot’ Goalie

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Whether all the angst is a reflection of the goaltending or the shrillness of sports discussion in this city is a question for another day. I will say that if I see one more despondent Hawks fan jump into the Chicago River after a loss, I’ll probably pick up a phone and report it, just to save his life out of spite.

I’ll also say that faith is a dwindling natural resource these days.

You might as well buckle up and get behind the goalies. Huet or Niemi (or both) is going to be your playoff goaltender. After tonight’s game against the Kings, the Hawks have 16 games until the postseason begins. There’s enough time to calm the sea. Niemi gets the start against L.A.

Hockey people like to say that hot goalies can win playoff series almost singlehandedly. Who’s to say Huet or Niemi won’t get hot?

And who’s to say that whomever the Hawks had acquired before the trade deadline wouldn’t have turned lukewarm in the postseason?

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Afternoon Line

Someone needs to wake up the kids who have committed to the Indian. Wake up everybody. Someone needs to remind them that management either failed to trade for a goalie or chose not to because the organ-I-zation didn’t want to yank anyone out of what appears to be a tight-knit dressing room.

If your best players are going to be some of your worst, then your goalie—whoever it is, doesn’t matter, it’s clearly your weakest position—has no chance. And if your goalie has no chance, you can forget about June, and maybe even May.

Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune.  More on the Blackhawks at his RosenBlog.

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Why Chicago Did Not Pull The Trigger On A Huet Trade

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Strongly believe there was one, possibly two teams who were willing to take Cristobal Huet from Chicago. (Should clarify: I’m more certain about one than the other.) But the Blackhawks decided to stand pat, much to the surprise of other GMs. Unloading Huet’s contract (two years remaining, $5.625 million cap hit) would have cost at least a first-rounder and an established player. (I know you’re going to ask, but I’d be guessing on whom. The source wouldn’t tell me.)

Why did Chicago decline? Scotty Bowman believes strongly in the Detroit model: If you don’t have a top-three goalie, you protect him with great team defence and puck possession. The Blackhawks – disciplined and talented – have a shot. But, to duplicate the Red Wings’ success, they will have to show two things: their forwards are as committed to back pressure as Detroit’s and their defensive corps is as good. As great as the Blackhawks look, we’re talking Lidstrom/Rafalski/Kronwall/Stuart here. What a tough, tough call to make.

more hockey talk and notes…

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Evening Line

Strange as it sounds, even in defeat, the Blackhawks were the better hockey team.  A proper respect still remains for the Red Wings prowess, but the fear is gone.  Over a long series, Chicago’s talent should win out.  Plus, Howards’ long rebounds are hardly an upgrade over the Hawks goaltending woes.

-Mark Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential.  More on The Wings/Blackhawks game.


A few emails today from Chicago fans claiming the refs wanted the Wings to win because of the goalie interference call against Dustin Byfuglien.

All I can say is get used to it and watch the video for an example.

 

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Afternoon Line

“We’ve accomplished nothing.  The Cup stuff is fine because we have a very good team and we have a legitimate shot. But let’s take it in steps. Today was an education. The only difference is we didn’t have to pay tuition. With our record being what it is, this loss didn’t cost us much. Down the road, we’ll probably view it as a crucial lesson.”

-John Madden of the Chicago Blackhawks after losing to Detroit today.  More on the game from Christopher Botta of NHL Fanhouse.

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Lack Of Activity Surprising For A Few Teams

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Judging from the reaction on our ESPN.com message boards, the angriest hockey fans in North America on Wednesday lived in Philadelphia and Boston.

And the puckheads in Chicago were a little disappointed the juggernaut Blackhawks didn’t improve in goal, which, quite frankly, was never going to be easy given Cristobal Huet’s massive contract.

Did the Blackhawks make a phone call?

“We talked to a lot of people about lots of things, not necessarily about that, but just nothing made sense,” Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman told ESPN.com on Wednesday evening. “It takes two to tango. Sometimes you want to do something and they don’t, and sometimes they want too much and that’s why deals don’t get made.

“It never really got too heated up on any one front, to be honest,” Bowman added. “That’s just the way it went.”

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Chicago Not Interested In A Goalie

Scotty Bowman of Fan590 this morning was asked about Chicago looking for a goalie.  His reply was a simple no and said the organization is laughing at all the goalie talk involving the Blackhawks.

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St. Louis/Chicago Trade

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired goaltender Joe Fallon from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Hannu Toivonen and Danny Richmond.

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Afternoon Line

“I know we expect a lot from Toews because he has delivered a lot, but don’t overlook this example of his remarkable maturity. A kid who’s captain of one of the best teams in the NHL, a kid who centers the top line, a kid who leads off almost every shootout—- this kid is doing the scut work for his country, doing all the selfless, thankless stuff, and he’s still managing to stand out. Special kid. Lucky us.”

-Steve Rosenbloom on Jonathan Toews.  More on Toews at RosenBlog.

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NBC Picks Chicago/Detroit Game

NEW YORK - Feb. 18, 2010 - The Sunday, March 7, Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at the United Center at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today. 

This rivalry - no two NHL teams have played more regular-season games against each other - is once again in full bloom after Detroit got the better of Chicago last year in both the 2009 Western Conference Final and 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field

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