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by Paul on 04/24/12 at 11:24 AM ET
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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