Kukla's Korner Hockey

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Forget The Defense Chicago, Get Some Offense

01/19/2018 at 10:15am EST

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

...generating offense remains the best thing the Hawks do and it might be the right and surprising move to make their strength stronger by trading for several scorers or snipers or anybody who can put the puck in the net the way they did with the Anthony Duclair trade. More of that. It might be the right play to try to outscore their roster of backup goalies and third-pair defensemen. Play pond hockey. It might kill coach Joel Quenneville, but it feels as if the Hawks already are there.

Wise up, nobody’s going to trade the Hawks an Erik Karlsson. Sorry, the Norris Trophies R Us store is closed. There likely will be a handful of good defensemen available, but only a handful, and that’ll jump up the bidding.

However, the Hawks might be able to rent right wing Thomas Vanek, who has 13 goals with Vancouver, or left wing Pat Maroon, who has 11 goals with Edmonton. Or both. Or players like them. That would seem to be the cheapest route, which figures to be the choice for a franchise that is at the crossroads whether it wants to admit it or not.

Then again, try this: The idea of trading for Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty is something that might appeal to Hawks GM Stan Bowman, who isn’t afraid to be bold or wrong, and has been both recently in the last year.

more

Create an Account

In order to leave a comment, please create an account.

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 [email protected]

Most Recent Posts

Most Recent Comments

Comment by MurrayChadwick in Abel to Yzerman from the entry A2Y- A Familiar End Result - 3 seconds ago
Comment by Bill_H in Abel to Yzerman from the entry A2Y- Quick Recap - Detroit/Edmonton - 2 minutes ago
Comment by TreKronor in Abel to Yzerman from the entry A2Y- A Familiar End Result - 35 minutes ago
Comment by MurrayChadwick in Abel to Yzerman from the entry A2Y- A Familiar End Result - 1 hour ago
Comment by rwbill in Abel to Yzerman from the entry A2Y- Quick Recap - Detroit/Edmonton - 1 hour ago