Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Wear And Tear Taking A Toll On The Chicago Blackhawks?

from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Lidstrom, in essence, said that the four rounds of playoffs necessary to make it through the Stanley Cup Final are roughly the equivalent of another full NHL season because of the pressure, intensity, speed and debilitating nature of playing that many games -- every other day -- for two months.

Which brings us to the current Blackhawks roster and the core of players that has led them to three Stanley Cups, five conference finals and 22 rounds of playoffs the last nine years.

If you believe one of the greatest players in history, that's the same as playing five-plus years of extra hockey.

It's no wonder so many of them suddenly look so advanced in age.

Rather than their current ages, think of Patrick Sharp as 41, Duncan Keith as 39, Brent Seabrook 37 and Jonathan Toews 34. Marian Hossa -- 18th all time in postseason games -- would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 years old....

Still, the miles and minutes are substantial, the hits have added up, and the cost of World Championships, World Cups and Olympics have not even entered the equation.

Regardless, this group has had an extraordinary run, the Grant Park rallies and Michigan Avenues parades so easily forgotten when finally arrives a year without a postseason in Chicago.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Comments

Paul's avatar

The only think wrong with this theory is the Blackhawks lost in the first round the last two years.

Swept last year by the Preds and the year before went 7 games before losing to the Blues.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/14/18 at 10:24 AM ET

Avatar

If this becomes a trend I wonder if the United Center will still be packed or will attendance go back to 06-07 levels?

Posted by Steve1306 on 03/14/18 at 11:05 AM ET

Primis's avatar

The only think wrong with this theory is the Blackhawks lost in the first round the last two years.

Swept last year by the Preds and the year before went 7 games before losing to the Blues.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/14/18 at 10:24 AM ET

Yeah Paul.  The only way you can buy the theory is if you’re basically saying the continued deep playoff runs for a while have taken such a toll that guys like Kane and Toews aren’t the same players they ised to be.

I think this year, they miss the ever-loving crap out of Marian Hossa, and their defense is starting to be exposed.

Posted by Primis on 03/14/18 at 11:19 AM ET

Avatar

They seemed like they were at the forefront of building a blueprint to win in the cap era, but they basically teetered on the edge long enough to win 3 cups.  It seems common in cap sports to handout contracts for things guys did, not what they will do, which is what they did, and then they had to dump contracts all over the place.  Trading Saad the first time was rough, but then Panaarin for Saad still just blows my mind.

Posted by PMP5030 on 03/14/18 at 11:20 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

This logic also conveniently forgets the “lost season” where half the season was lost to the lockout.  That, in my opinion, was also a cheap way to get one of those three Cups.  It still counts, but it isn’t as respectable to come out on top after 48 regular season games.

Excuses for the downfall are funny to read though, especially after a 7 year run.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/14/18 at 11:37 AM ET

Avatar

This logic also conveniently forgets the “lost season” where half the season was lost to the lockout.

So they’ve only played four and a half entire seasons of extra hockey? That makes all the difference in the world.

Excuses for the downfall are funny to read though, especially after a 7 year run.

Just wait for all the excuses when the Hawks are right back into the playoffs next season and the Wings are still mired in 25th-31st place.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 03/14/18 at 11:46 AM ET

Avatar

Not having been through anything similar - closest I can relate to it is having to run two marathons a week for a couple months (I’m imagining; I have not done this) - so I really don’t know.

But it sure seems that, even for the guys with the highest drive and
motivation it’s just got to be really hard psychologically as well to keep
getting up for not only another deep playoff run, when you’ve already won it all
a couple times recently, not to mention positioning yourself well and maintaining
consistency over the regular season to set yourself up for a playoff run.

 

Posted by Lefty30 on 03/14/18 at 04:41 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com