Blackhawks fail to address main need at trade deadline

Yesterday, the Chicago Blackhawks acquired Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Campoli.  While Campoli certainly makes the Hawks better, the team's biggest need was a penalty killing, physical defenseman. 

 

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Let's check out the scouting report:

ASSETS: Is extremely mobile and very polished when in possession of the puck. Can make up for his mistakes with his speed. Has some offensive ability.

FLAWS: Needs to work on his defensive-zone coverage, which is spotty at best. Struggles when he has to lay on the body, and can get manhandled in front of his own net.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Mobile defenseman with consistency issues.

Sooo...how is this going to help the penalty kill?  I'm confused.

Don't get me wrong.  I don't hate the Campoli move.  He DOES improve the team, but again, the need wasn't filled.  The rumored names, Oiler's Ladislav Smid and Jim Vandermeer, would have filled the need.  Neither player was traded yesterday, and the Hawks did try, but am I to believe there was not one single penalty killing d-man available?  I find that hard to believe. 

Regardless, the Hawks are playing as well as they have all season.  We'll see just what Campoli adds Wednesday when Calgary comes to town.  Let's hope he can help keep the puck out of the net. 

 

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  • The need for toughness got me thinking about Kyle Beach, so I checked out his Rockford stats and he's a team-worst minus-20 and hasn't been much of a scorer. They can survive on skill to an extent but at some point the Hawks will have to get tougher.

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