Apologies to the late Robert Palmer for appropriating that lyric. Anyway, I got to reading this little bit from SB on the Hawks NHL site and thought it might be worth a look, especially before discussing Q. http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=568769&navid=DL|CHI|home
I thought it was interesting considering how much time we all spent last year discussing whether or not the Hawks actually have a system. At one point, I think we agreed that we saw the beginnings of what we could call a system, but by the time the playoffs came around, it seemed like the system had become "put my best guys on the ice as much as possible and hope we win". One of my bigger questions coming out of this past season was this, "Does Stan actually have an organizational vision that will includes how prospects are managed and will the Hawks play a system game that is evident at both the AHL and NHL level?"
I don't yet know if this actually answers that question, but I think it's a good start. Looking at the Brouwer trade and the Kopecky trade, I get the feeling that Bowman to some degree wanted to clean house as much as save some money on the cap. It's possible I guess that Q simply couldn't use them, or didn't see eye to eye with them or whatever, but I think most of us had the feeling they did not make the best of their size and skill set. Stalberg wasn't traded, but I think he was kind of put on notice that he had not yet made himself invaluable to the team.
Whatever the system was last year, I think it's going to change. I don't know that Q is the long term answer, but I'm honestly not convinced that he's not. If the Hawks are now going to really focus on certain skills and start instilling that from day one, I think that's a great thing. It may be a slightly longer term idea that takes another season before it pays off on first pass I like it a lot.
Anyone hit the camp?
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