Jeremy Roenick chimes in on the Blackhawks' offseason

Jeremy Roenick chimes in on the Blackhawks' offseason

Jeremy Roenick was in town Monday for the 13th Annual Special Kids Network Celebrity Golf Outing at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove.  WSCR's Dan McNeil and Matt Spiegel were in attendance, and the former Hawk pulled up a chair to talk all things Chicago hockey with the guys.

Among other topics, Roenick talked about Patrick Kane's tumultuous offseason :

“It’s a very fine line.  It’s a different game now.  Nowadays, you’re in the limelight.  Social network is ruining everybody’s social life.  You can’t do anything right now.  It’s the awareness of where you are, what you’re doing…taking care of yourself.  There’s nothing wrong with going out and having a couple cocktails and having fun with your friends, but there comes (a) point where you have to say ‘Ok. That’s enough. It’s time to get down to business.’  I don’t mind Patrick going out and having a good time.  He should go have a good time.  He’s a young kid thriving in a phenomenal world, but he also represents the team.  He represents the Chicago Blackhawks, and the things that he (does are) going to overshadow that whole thing.  He’s going to have the Blackhawk emblem on his actions, and I think that’s all he got to remember. ”

Roenick also commented on the Blackhawk's goaltending situation :

“You talk about the whole team’s issues, and to me…it’s their goaltending.  Nothing against the guys that they have. ..but they talk about the Roberto Luongo aspect here.  To me, I think that’s a big mistake.  Too much money, and you never know what you’re going to get from him.  To me, they need to out and get somebody younger.  They need to make a trade.  To me…I would try go out and get like a young Jonathan Bernier away from the LA Kings…make a trade to get somebody like that, that you know is going to be there for a long time and has a capacity to get better and better and better.  To take $10 million to get Roberto Luongo, nothing against him personally, I’m sure he’s a great guy, but you just don’t know what you’re going to get night in and night out.  You just need a goaltender to be dependable.  If you get a goaltender to be dependable here in Chicago, your chances for a Cup are right back into play.”

For much more from Roenick, listen to the full interview here.  For more information on the McNeil and Spiegel Show, check out McNeil and Spiegel's website.

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    Didn't the Blackhawks have such a player and let him go? Reminded me of how they discarded the Golden Jet.

    Yeah, I know Niemi hasn't won without them, but I have a gut feeling he might have given the Hawks a better chance for years to come.

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    Your preaching to the choir Jeremy we may not say it but as fans we all know we need goaltending. I also agree with the comment that we should have kept Niemi ...

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