Tag: Blackhawks

The issue with NHL justice

Does anybody remember the suspension NHL sheriff Brendan Shanahan handed out during the preseason to Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski? Wisniewski was suspended for the remainder of the preseason and the first eight games of the regular season for elbowing Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck. That sent a shock wave around the league.  Shanahan... Read more »

Are there some parallels between Joel Quenneville and Ken Hitchcock?

There’s nothing that makes a coach look worse faster than bad goaltending. Let’s take Ken Hitchcock as an example. Since taking over the St. Louis Blues early in the season, Hitchcock has piloted the team to a 21-5-6 record and a spot near the top of the Western Conference. Hitchcock led the Dallas Stars to... Read more »

Can the Blackhawks solve their needs at the trade deadline

There was an item from TSN’s Bob McKenzie (he’s always required reading) about the Toronto Maple Leafs that got me thinking. McKenzie wrote that “there is a very real chance” Leafs GM Brian Burke doesn’t make an impact move before the February 27 trade deadline. That’s big because Burke is a guy who likes to... Read more »

Blackhawks' issues a factor of puck possession

Are the Blackhawks weaker defensively or do they simply have the puck less? “One of our big strengths is puck-possession.  You look at some of the forwards that can hang onto the puck, even the D that can move the puck up, it should be better.  Why it’s not?  There’s really no answer for it,”... Read more »

Canucks game shows what Blackhawks need at the deadline

There’s no question the Blackhawks did lots of good things in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss in Vancouver. Ultimately, puck management and play without the puck determined the outcome. That’s been a theme for the Blackhawks throughout the season and underscored during a 5-5-3 January. While the issue doesn’t rest solely with the group on the... Read more »

Blackhawks skid goes beyond goaltending

When I talked with Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman on Sunday (I’ll run the interview Tuesday night before and after the game), he made the point that the recent bulge in goals-against is a team issue. Corey Crawford gets the bulk of the criticism, which is understandable because he’s the last line of defense. The... Read more »

Flyers go through goalies like cheesesteaks

The memories will come flooding back for several Blackhawks on Thursday when they set foot in Philadelphia, the site of their 2010 Stanley Cup clinching victory … and the place where goaltenders come and go quickly. Since Ron Hextall departed in 1999, the Flyers have used 17 different goaltenders, which includes plucking Michael Leighton from... Read more »

What kind of Blackhawks team do you want?

What kind of Blackhawks team do you want? I’d like a team that wins the Stanley Cup or, at the very least, challenges for the Cup every year. As well as the Blackhawks have played this year (first overall after 36 games), lots of fans haven’t embraced the team because they aren’t physical enough. I... Read more »

Production, scoring and Bickell

How much should a third and fourth line produce?  That was a topic of conversation during last night’s postgame show, following the Blackhawks loss in Pittsburgh. All four lines need to be productive, but in the National Hockey League, only two lines are counted on to score, consistently.  The Blackhawks have gotten that; thus the... Read more »

Talk about concussions should center on player respect

Talk about concussions should center on player respect
Talk about concussions in the National Hockey League has grown louder this past week with Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger announcing he’s done for the year due to the issue. Maybe because it’s a warrior like Pronger or the fact no one is quite sure how he got it (most think it was an after-effect... Read more »