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Blackhawks Need More Than Minor Tweaks

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

I hope Stan Bowman is lying about this. I hope he’s just doing what smart, truth-challenged general managers do.

Because I really don’t want to think that the Blackhawks GM actually believes that “for the most part we know what our roster is going to be with some minor tweaks here and there,’’ as he said Tuesday in advance of Friday’s NHL draft.

I mean, “minor tweaks here and there’’? Excuse me, but when you’re coming off your second straight first-round playoff loss after winning a Stanley Cup with Dale Tallon’s roster, there’s nothing minor.

There’s especially nothing minor about not having a legitimate No. 2 center. Again.

It’s not Patrick Kane, no matter how stridently Bowman defends his misguided stance.


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I find it funny that all of Rosenbloom’s articles are written second hand. He probably reads Adam Jahns columns to learn everything he knows about hockey and whats going on with the hawks.

Would it make Steve happy if StanBo told all the GM’s in the league what we are in dire need of?

Posted by pstumba on 06/20/12 at 03:09 PM ET


I don’t think Chicago needs big changes in order to be competitive.  They need to recover a bit from their cap hell of the past few years and find a good playoff goalie.

Unfortunately there aren’t any good playoff goalies available so they’re stuck with Crawford, who is a question mark.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/20/12 at 03:33 PM ET

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Unfortunately there aren’t any good playoff goalies available so they’re stuck with Crawford, who is a question mark.

That’s the truth. I’d say he’s more than a question mark, but I guess he could turn it around.

I do think trading Kane would be a wise move. Until that kid grows up and/or goes to AA (depending on what stories you believe), he’ll never reach his potential. But that’s a tough decision and I’m sure the Hawks know the kid better than anyone else. Still, wonder what they could get? They do need depth on both sides of the ice.

I think the article is a bit ridiculous on Toews and Hossa. The writer acts like Toews is just supposed to skate back onto the ice after weeks out and instantly be back to normal. That’s just not realistic.

Typical Chicago sportswriter though, nothing but moaning and whining in the off-season. Ever since Jordan retired, the city acts like they’re due for a trophy again every year.

Posted by awould on 06/20/12 at 03:52 PM ET


I really think a great move for 2 teams that I do not want to help is Kane for Jordan Staal.  That gives the Hawks the #2 center they need, and it gives the Pens a winger for Crosby.  Good deal for both teams.  I hope no one listens to me, because that would suck for the rest of us.

Posted by pawl91 on 06/20/12 at 07:14 PM ET

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Do you think the Pens can afford to take on $6.5 million dollar cap hit when they’re looking for d-men, trying to extend Crosby (and Malkin?) AND trying to resign Staal?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 06/20/12 at 08:08 PM ET

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