Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/31/14 at 03:21 PM ET
from Steve Ronsenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,
Even with Toews, the Hawks might not repeat as Stanley Cup champions. Without him, I can’t see them even beating Colorado in the first round.
The Hawks already had an issue at center, no matter what Stan Bowman thought. Without Toews, the Hawks would be a complete doughnut.
Perhaps Toews will come back for the playoffs, or perhaps earlier, but I’m not confident he’ll return in top form, not when an injury to his left arm or shoulder area easily could hamper everything from faceoffs to shooting.
Same goes for Patrick Kane, just substitute a knee hampering everything from his speed to his power-play talent to his world-class game of keepaway.
The Hawks already were playing badly without Kane. They look disorganized, their best players are making some of the worst mistakes, and they seem to have little confidence.
We can hope Quenneville’s right. We can hope it’s not serious. Otherwise, it’s baseball season.
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