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"I think Stan Bowman and his staff have done an amazing job of making some really good 'hockey trades,'" Olczyk told CSNChicago.com. "It's not easy to make 'hockey trades' in the salary cap era. Sure, you're going to miss Johnny Oduya and Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad and you had to put Stephen Johns in the deal, but the Hawks have picked up some really good players."
Some of those players include Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Trevor Daley, and Ryan Garbutt, all of whom were acquired via trade this offseason. The talent is there, but with the many new additions comes growing pains.
The Blackhawks will have to overcome that, which Olczyk believes will take some time, on top of battling a short offseason if they want to become the first team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98.
While it certainly presents a tough challenge, anything is possible under coach Joel Quenneville and the Blackhawks leadership.
"It is really difficult. I just think that it's going to take some time," Olczyk said. "You've got one of the best coaches of all-time behind the bench. ... I think he's got an opportunity here with a lot of new faces, a lot of young guys, some new players coming in to mix and match. It's not going to be easy — there's nothing easy."
"The thing that separates the Blackhawks from most teams in this league is the offensive difference-makers. You go back to the series against St. Louis, you go back to the series against the Minnesota Wild. We saw periods in those series, in those rounds that we saw in Game 2 (of Western Conference Final) in period three, we saw in period three in Game 3 in L.A. We saw those type of periods where the Blackhawks really struggled and had a tough time. The difference is the offensive difference-makers on L.A. They're a good team."
"Sometimes you've got to acknowledge and tip your helmet. These guys are big, they've got guys that can score. ... That to me is the difference in this series to this point is that when the Hawks have struggled, the Kings have capitalized, and there's something to that. They've been to the conference final three years in a row. There's something for that."
-Eddie Olczyk, TV color analyst for the Blackhawks and NBC Sports Group. More at CSNChicago.
So everybody and their brother's uncle's cousin's monkey's hedge-trimmer assumes that the Minnesota Wild are going to sign Thomas Vanek as an unrestricted freeagent, and as we've already gotten several, "Craig Leipold and the Wild Will Not Be Over-spent" spiels regarding Vanek and Suter-and-Parise before them (which are, of course, TOTALLY NOT COLLUSION), here's Eddie Olczyk talking to the Pioneer Press's Charley Walters about Vanek's pluses and minuses:
"I love Thomas Vanek," Ed Olczyk said. "It's hard to find difference makers. He's certainly one of those guys, especially on the power play. There aren't many guys better in the league on the power play than Thomas Vanek."
Olczyk, who played 16 NHL seasons as a center, was an NBCSN-TV analyst for the Wild-Blackhawks playoff series.
"The interesting thing (regarding Vanek) is that the Eastern Conference is a different animal than the West, with the up and down, the skating. The East is a quicker conference, much quicker," Olczyk said. "That would be the only thing (of concern) with me with Vanek. But he's a proven 30-goal scorer. How many 30-goal scorers are there in the NHL? Not a lot. But especially on the power-play -- he's so good in front of the net, has a willingness to go to the front of the net. You need a goal on the power play, the puck finds him."
The Wild have been deficient on the power play.
from Tracey Myers of CSNChicago,
Eddie Olczyk has worn several hats during his hockey career, from player to coach to well-known color analyst, both with NBC and CSN.
Could a job at the league office be the next possibility?
A league source said Olczyk is one of several being considered to be the head of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
“The game is much different now than when I played, the game is much different than when I coached. Once the response didn’t happen, I knew it wasn’t going to happen. Was I disappointed? Absolutely.
“I don’t care what team this is. It’s Opening Day today, right? Somebody puts a ball in the mid section or the ribs of one of your players, I would expect that at some point in the very near future, like immediately, someone is going to get one in the same spot. You’re going to go, 'OK, if you’re going to play that way, then we’re going to amp it up as well.' I was disappointed nothing happened, and especially when it didn’t happen right away, it wasn’t going to happen.”
-Eddie Olczyk, TV color analyst for the Chicago Blackhawks regarding the hit on Jonathan Toews from Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Olczyk was on 87.7 FM radio in Chicago and had more to say. Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago has it covered.
from CBS Boston,
As for the future of NHL players participating in the Olympics, Olczyk had an interesting solution to the league’s opposition to shutting down for several weeks in the middle of the season.
“Maybe we’re getting to the point where you’ve got to get creative. Maybe you’ve got to say, ‘You know what? We’re going to have men’s ice hockey in the summer Olympics.’ You have it in August. Everybody wins there. Everybody wins. You don’t shut down the NHL, and you still allow the best hockey players in the world to come to a tournament like this.”
read on for Olczyk's opinion on the USA/Canada game...
The first alarm that goes of in my head is hockey would end up on the XYZ channel during the Summer Olympics.
If you have an opinion, let's hear it...
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
That’s why it’s possible — perhaps even likely — that Olczyk will coach again. He was fired in December 2005 after a season-and-change with the Penguins, a time when he was young, overmatched and had little support from the organization.
It would have to be the right opportunity for Olczyk, of course. He has a great television gig, two actually. He works the NBC telecasts with Mike “Doc” Emrick — the best national play-by-play man in any sport — and does commentary for the Chicago Blackhawks with legendary local broadcaster Pat Foley. “He’s to Chicago what Mike Lange is to Pittsburgh,” Olcyzk said. “I have been so lucky.”
So why even consider giving it all up?
“I still have a burning desire to teach,” Olczyk said. “I have a passion to be a part of the wins and losses. I think I would like to fulfill that emptiness. At the end of the day, I’m a coach by trade who happens to have a microphone.”
Dave Lozo of NHL.com talks to NBC broadcaster Eddie Olczyk about how Brendan Shanahan’s rulings will be adapted by the players:
Q: Is this like any other new thing in the NHL where players will eventually adjust and learn, like the clutching and grabbing rules after the work stoppage?
Olczyk: I think it’s similar, but I think this is a much longer work in progress. I think those other things are cut and dry. To me, those were black and white—the hooking, the obstruction, the holding. This is a part of the game that’s always been there. The teaching aspect of it, from coaches to players, it’s understanding how to make body contact. I like what the League has done with saying body position and body contact—the center of the body has to be the point of contact.
Now, it may be from 10 feet out and you get to two feet and the guy moves or dives. I’m not sure where it’s going, to be honest with you. I’ve been a lifer in the League, and I’m not sure where it’s going. What I think is going to end up happening is the physical part of the game is going to take a step back. For how long, I don’t know, because guys are starting to understand you could hurt somebody and you could hurt your team because you’re thrown out and or it’s a five-minute penalty and it’s going to cost you money at the end of the day.
read on for more on player discipline, plus talk about various NHL teams
I’ve received a surprising amount of emails wanting to know why Olczyk is called “Edzo”?
I can get the Ed part but zo has me stumped.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
from Bob Verdi at ChicagoBlackhawks.com,
You can wonder what Eddie Olczyk does with all his money. I want to know what he does with all his miles. As television analyst for the Blackhawks, NBC and Versus, he will wind up broadcasting 125 or so games by June. Granted, when working locally for Comcast or WGN, Olczyk travels on the team charter. But otherwise, he is on his own, a very frequent flier.
Take, for example, Olczyk’s itinerary during his Olympic “break.” After seven double-headers on national TV, capped by the Canada vs. United States Sunday afternoon gold medal finale in Vancouver, he really should have gone to bed. Instead, he went to the airport for a flight to Los Angeles, then a red-eye to Tampa to resume the NHL regular season Monday night.
Is he crazy, or does he just like eating peanuts at 30,000 feet?