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Chicago Needs To Answer Some Questions

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

The Hawks have some hard questions to answer now. Can they trust Corey Crawford? Do they have four defensemen worthy of being considered top four? How good are their best players, after all? How good are they when they need to be good? Is Stan Bowman the right man to answer those questions correctly?

The Hawks were built on skating and a puck-possession game. The Hawks’ pretty, shiny things are faster and have more top-end offensive skill than the Coyotes, even without injured Marian Hossa.

And yet, the Coyotes are moving on and the Hawks haven’t won a playoff series since winning the Stanley Cup.

The Hawks’ best players didn’t show up. Someone named Gilbert Brule had more goals than Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp. Combined.

Antoine Vermette, a second-line center the Hawks didn’t trade for, had twice as many goals as Toews, the Hawks’ first-line center. Heck, some guy named Mikkel Boedker had as many as the Hawks captain. And so it went.

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cementslinger's avatar

Names don’t score goals.

Posted by cementslinger from Midland MI on 04/24/12 at 01:01 PM ET

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what’s up with the author saying “some guy named: “.  Dude these are real hockey players that are highly skilled and most were high first round draft picks.  You haven’t heard of them cause you obviously don’t follow hockey.

Posted by tbassett on 04/24/12 at 01:03 PM ET

awould's avatar

These are the same questions that were asked when the team was gutted after they won the Cup. And finally, after this series, we have the answer.

Posted by awould on 04/24/12 at 01:04 PM ET

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You haven’t heard of them cause you obviously don’t follow hockey.

I lived in Chicago from 98 to 03. Nobody cared about the Blackhawks. Then suddenly the team was good and everybody cared about the Blackhawks. But still, nobody there really cares about hockey.

Posted by awould on 04/24/12 at 01:07 PM ET

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Don’t read too much into his using “Some guy named…” . Rosenberg is one of the few writers in Chicago who get hockey. He was the only one who would write or talk hockey when Bill Wirtz was still making life miserable for hockey fans in Chicago.

If you read the whole story - and know his style - he’s saying the top end talent didn’t get it done. So the “t-e-t” either isn’t or isn’t enough. In Chicago it’s an article of faith that Toews-Kane-Hossa-Sharp are an elite core and the core should lead them deep into the playoffs. I read this as saying “Not so fast my friends…”

I live in Chicago, but I’m not a Hawks fan (Sabres). I’ve said all year the Hawks are top heavy on offense, thin on defense and weak in goal. They were streaky because no secondary scoring & a thin defense can’t sustain excellence. Nothing I saw changes my mind.

Posted by John Bigenwald on 04/24/12 at 01:32 PM ET

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If any of their stars get moved it has to be Kane.

Posted by Acim on 04/24/12 at 05:29 PM ET

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