Posts in category "View from the Bench"

My Trials and Tribulations of Q

My Trials and Tribulations of Q
Peeking my head out of the mountainous pile of educational work that is my life these days, I bring to you a post with ponderings of the Blackhawks and coach Q as of late. How much have I missed? Well, we saw the Hawks drop some games, then win some important games, and then drop... Read more »

We have seen better from the Blackhawks.

We have seen better from the Blackhawks.
Not having internet at home is harder on my life than it should be. Especially when you don’t have cable TV. Thankfully, I own a cafe and one of the few rewards of that is having access to said internet and the world. I mentioned in the last post that the Hawks weren’t looking so... Read more »

The 2014 Team America for Hockey.

The 2014 Team America for Hockey.
For a good read on the selection process and the list of players who filled out the roster in the end, check this link out: USA Hockey Story. Most importantly to us and most shocking is that our very own Saader did not make the Olympic team, despite being a heavy favorite from the panel... Read more »
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Where are we now? The Blackhawks are not exactly flying high, but maybe high enough.

It hasn’t exactly been the greatest start to a season, but on the other hand, the Blackhawks had very little rest after an intense season, and only suffered their 2nd regulation loss in 11 games against the Wild. By no stretch of the imagination was that performance on Saturday night a great one, but it... Read more »

The Preseason Watch is Over, and so is the idea of seeing Pirri as the #2 center.

The Preseason Watch is Over, and so is the idea of seeing Pirri as the #2 center.
I know, don’t get ahead of myself. This is just the preseason, and what decisions get made here are not final. Just think, it was only a year ago that Q made the choice to send Saad back to Rockford so that Carcillo could play on the 1st line. What do I know, Q obviously... Read more »

It Has Begun: Preseason Observations, so far.

It Has Begun: Preseason Observations, so far.
With 4 games gone, we have had a decent look at the youth within the Blackhawks organization. Some more than others, but all around, the prospects are painting a very optimistic picture for this fan. It isn’t winning or losing at this point, but what some of the individual efforts look like, especially from the... Read more »
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Brandon Saad at the Center of controversy.

Brandon Saad at the Center of controversy.
To make it clear before a rant on the Blackhawks’ early moves, I am very optimistic about this season. Not that I expect a repeat, or wish for one, but I have high hopes that this will be a great and successful season of hockey in Chicago. I am not happy with what I am... Read more »

And then there was some noise: Crawford signed to a 6 year deal.

And then there was some noise: Crawford signed to a 6 year deal.
Finally something worth talking about. Sorry about the silence on this page for the past couple of months. With not much to say, and little free time within the mayhem of a new school year I just sort of didn’t have the Blackhawks on my mind. All of that changed today with news that Corey... Read more »

The Blackhawks, Maturity and the Future.

The Blackhawks, Maturity and the Future.
There are many reasons that we could point at for being significant factors in the Blackhawks success this year. I would like to take a moment to focus on a specific one called maturity, talk about why I think it was huge, and the player who showed the most improvement in this area by committing... Read more »
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Free Agency for the Blackhawks: You do the Math.

Isn’t free agency fun? Watching all the possibilities and talent shift around the NHL. Iginla ends up with Boston after they lost Horton. This one is kind of funny given that Iggy passed on the Bruins a few months ago. There is Alfredsson who signed with the Wings in search for a Stanley Cup ring.... Read more »