The Blackhawks lost another lackluster game in Anaheim on Sunday night, and with the NHL trade deadline at 2 pm CT on Monday, fans in Chicago will now stare at Stan Bowman to do something (anything) to spark a lifeless roster.
Just a few thoughts from Sunday night’s affair in Anaheim.
First of all, it was nice to see the Blackhawks finally convert a power play. For the first time in a month, Patrick Kane scored while the Hawks had an extra man on the ice to give Chicago the lead. There appeared to be some emotion from the Blackhawks at that point.
But when Toronto ruled that they only needed to have a pretty good idea that Andrew Cogliano probably made contact with somewhere close to the puck with his stick (but didn’t have to actually see it), and allowed a game-tying goal with under a minute left in the period, the life was sucked out of the Hawks.
And it never returned.
Chicago put 19 shots on net in the game, nine of which were in the final 40 minutes. They didn’t put any pressure on the Ducks in the third period, and accepted their third loss in a row.
The time has come for Stan Bowman to make critical decisions with what he wants and expects from the 2011-12 roster.
If he thinks this roster has the good to win the Cup, he needs to do something bold to make it work.
If he, like most of the rest of us, think this team is a six seed at best in the Western Conference, and acknowledges that there has been no consistency from the team this year (except for failing on the power play), he should get what he can for the veterans leaving in July and begin taking stock what he’s got in players like Jeremy Morin, Brandon Pirri and even Ryan Stanton is worth to the future of the organization.