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Eddie Olczyk On The New Look Chicago Blackhawks

from CSNChicago,

"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."


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Mistercristo's avatar

“You’ve got one of the best coaches of all-time behind the bench.


I could have “coached” those teams to three cups.  A cup with the Dive in ‘95-‘96 as an assistant coach?  Wow, impressive.  My dog could have done that with that roster.  The Jack Adams for the ‘99-‘00 Blues?  Well, we all know that award is a popularity contest.  So, in summary, I’ve yet to see him win anything on his own merit and skill as a coach

Allow me to paraphrase a dismissive quote from Eddie Blo about someone we all know and love: “You know, I’m not sure if I’d say he’s really that great, or that the team in front of him is so good that they make him look like a genius back there.  NOW STOP IT RIGHT HERE!!!”

“One of the best coaches of all-time”:  GTFO with your none-too-subtle inference.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 08/05/15 at 07:45 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

“One of the best coaches of all-time”:  GTFO with your none-too-subtle inference.

You got that right. Q never impressed me, and still hasn’t. The only question going into the 2015-16 season is will the Slackhawks dive less than they did last season? LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 08/05/15 at 08:47 PM ET

thethirdcoast's avatar

I’ve said for years that Coach Q is probably a terrific guy, but he is essentially Scotty B’s sock puppet behind the Chicago bench.

Posted by thethirdcoast from Rochester, NY on 08/06/15 at 11:32 AM ET

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