Bruins Hammer Apathetic Blackhawks

The Bruins had lost seven straight entering Sunday’s game in Chicago, scoring only 13 goals over those seven contests. They were without David Krejci, and Tuukka Rask hadn’t been able to take a full game off in weeks.

They dominated the Chicago Blackhawks for 60 minutes.

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Johnny Oduya only skated one shift and left with an upper-body injury that will reportedly keep him out of the lineup for the next few games.

Corey Crawford allowed four goals against 14 shots before getting pulled a little more than 12 minutes into the second period. Antti Raanta replaced him, and allowed two more goals before the second period ended.

At that point, the Hawks were down 6-1, were down to five defensemen (including David Rundblad and Michal Rozsival), and appeared to be broken, clueless and lethargic.

Jonathan Toews scored a power play goal at the end of a first period that was completely owned by the Bruins for his 17th of the season. Bryan Bickell picked up his 11th of the season in the closing minutes of the third for the garbage-time stat of the month, and the rest of the lineup was flat and uninterested.

Before the game, in an effort to spark the team, coach Joel Quenneville threw his lines in a blender and put out a lineup that had even the strongest apologists shaking their heads.

Bickell replaced Brandon Saad with Toews and Marian Hossa, breaking up the only line that had been working for the Hawks in the last two weeks. Marcus Kruger got the bump up to the second line with Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg, and responded by losing 12 of 16 faceoffs.

Daniel Carcillo replaced Ben Smith in the lineup, and got to skate with Patrick Sharp and Brad Richards. He was credited with two hits and got into the obligatory fight in his nine shifts during the loss, while Sharp and Richards combined to put one (1!) shot on net.

Saad somehow lost the lottery on Sunday, getting sent to a line with Andrew Shaw and rookie Ryan Hartman. To his credit, Hartman once again played effectively in limited action, picking up two shots on net, one hit and one blocked shot in only 8:39 on the ice.

After the game, media availability was delayed but GM Stan Bowman did get a chance to address the players before the doors opened. Given the lack of production/success/motivation lately, it’s about time Bowman started doing something about the roster.

53 thoughts on “Bruins Hammer Apathetic Blackhawks

  • February 22, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    The only good news is they’ve got a quick turnaround with Fla. coming in on Tuesday. These last two efforts were really stinkers.

  • February 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Would love to know what Stan said. Outside of 2 and 4 it is hard to feel comfortable with any blue liner. Much needed convincing win for the B’s, maybe a much needed whoopin for the Hawks.

    Side note Tab – B’s had lost 6 straight, not 7. Not nit-picking, just a fwiw.

  • February 22, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Hopefully its safe to come back to this site. Its a website I really enjoy and appreciate all of Tabs hard work and all the comments from the Committed Indians.

    Could be a good thing to get blown out like that as it s a needed wake up call. As Millbury said during the game..” the Blackhawks have been playing OK but OK is not good enough for a team with this level of elite talent”. Even Carcillo going out there and getting into a scrap didn’t boost the team any. So now the players know that, with the trade deadline approaching, that Stan the Big Boss is not happy. It sure is a let down for us fans to see whats happening lately. Lets get this fixed and turned around.

  • February 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Was listening on the radio, glad I didn’t waste my time watching. But in the second intermission they were talking about Oduya and how he only skated 1:14 and left. And they didn’t know if he was injured. Trade! Immediately popped into my head. Then I heard the jackets scratched Wisniewski. I know the hawks can’t afford that term or salary so that idea was quickly put to rest.

    Hawks have been rumored on Glencross in the past, but haven’t been able to pull the trigger. Glencross alone won’t help much. Need to shake up the d too.

  • February 22, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    22 goals in the last 12 games. That’s sub-2 GFA.

    Bickell hasn’t shown since Peluso instigated and pounded the shit out of him mid-Jan. There is absolutely no scoring depth. The bottom six need to chip in.

    Hartman being “effective”? I’m certainly not going to pin the woes of the Hawks on a rookie but he hasn’t impacted the line-up at all. I’d rather see Teuvo back. At least he’s a scoring threat and can continue to develop at the NHL level.

    A road trip to the Southeast is what this team needs right now.

  • February 22, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    January and February have often been slump months for the Hawks. The guys are not quitters and will come out of the slump. They hate losing and so do we. Don’t give up.

  • February 22, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    I think its time for the obligatory “blame Crawford” post. I am happy to do it. This whole slide started when Crawford let that softie in against the Capitals on New Year Day. This Bruins loss is obviously bigger than Crawford, but when 4 goals go in as a matter of habit(which seems like the case in 2015) I don’t care what the defense is doing there has to be some fault on the Goalie.

  • February 22, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    McKay- The only road trip that can save the Hawks now is one where there is no Ice!!!
    yea- we might be able to beat Panthers 2-1 in OT – of course…

    The Hawks quick strike Offense- I think I heard some idiot on NBC say that… Laugh

    I think the Alley-oop from center ice that Crow dropped was actually worse than that goal from Center ice VS. Avs!!!

    I don’t think i have ever seen two break-aways on one possession that never left the Hawk’s D zone– while Hawk’s were on PP… By the team on PK!!!! Think about that!!!

    But- Hawks are ok… they can can just press a button and turn it on!!! RIGHT!!!!

    Now 29 has almost no value, Crow- almost no value… Sharp??? little value-

  • February 22, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Carcillo sure got his ass kicked. McQuaid hit him so many times he(McQuaid) probably will need rotor cuff surgery. What exactly does 13 bring to the table? I hope we never see him again. I can’t decide what was worse in this game, the clueless coaching or miserable effort. Maybe an embarrassing thumping on national tv was just what the boys needed to get back on track. Rozy needs a rest.

  • February 22, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    wall- is 2.29 gaa and .921 sv% really that bad? Esp when all agree that the Dmen in front of him are having bad years? Hard to say he is living up to the contract but NO VALUE may be a bit harsh. 29 never had value IMO so I can agree there, but sharp still has value to a team looking for an accomplished veteran to show some young players the intangibles. Either way, I do not think any of those players will be dealt, but I guess we will see.

  • February 22, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Scottie P, what are Crow’s numbers from 1-1-15 to and including todays disaster? Crawford is not the superstar goalie a team needs when it hits a rough patch. He is going up and down with the team. That is the difference between and good goalie and a great goalie.

  • February 22, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I didn’t say he was a superstar goalie. And since 1-1-15 is a small sample size, I do not think that should determine his overall worth. Again, I just think he has some value, definitely not none.

    In other news Hawks reassigned Hartman and Raanta and called up Darling and Nordy. Definitely think Nordy has shown he deserves to be up here.

  • February 22, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Darling is coming back. That is definitely a message to Crawford and I couldn’t agree with the move more. Maybe I’m wrong on this, but didn’t the whole slide start on New Years Day when Crawford first came back from being injured. Someone fact check me on that.

  • February 22, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    The hawks are 10-10-3 since January 1.

  • February 22, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Scottie P- or anyone… Honest question…You are GM for every other team in league…
    Who needs/wants Crow @ $6M… and what would you trade for Him if you were a GM???

    Once you sit down and look at the landscape… I don’t think you get much … and I don’t think there is a lot of demand for him…

    Business 101- buy low, sell high…

  • February 22, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Again, this is without question the weakest roster that has existed during the 7 year run of Quenneville in Chicago. I was at the game and my conclusion is the one others have been whispering at the UC…the stars of rhe Hawks no this roster isn’t good enough and rhe defeatist attitude is in full swing.

    Its time for Bowman to step up. And I would argue it is time to make a substantial trade to include getting Sharp to waive his no trade. We need more talent, and rhe ironic thing is everybody likes to chirp how deep rhe Hawks are in the minors but sadly we have gotten very little to show for it. McNeil is just a guy. Hartman is maybe a role player. Danault is maybe the Kruger replacement. Clendening didn’t pan out. Pirri and Morin didn’t psn out. Teuvo is a friggin circus toy and some of you bozos inexplicably like. Johns for hurt. Dahlbeck is rarely talked about. Etc.

    So between now and next September the heat should definitely be on Bowman.

  • February 22, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Get off Crawford’s back ! Damnit all he carried this team for a long time. Now he plays behind a pathetic defensive corp that can only count on 2, 4 and 7. We are pathetically devoid of any size to help in the crease. Turnovers and bad passing have hit epidemic proportions too. Crawford is a core piece of this team. A core strength. And the fools who think we could get away with Scott Friggin Darling as our starting goalie?!? Good Lord !!!

  • February 22, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Corey has a 2.36 GAA (league average 2.56), .918 Sv% (league average .913), and 23 wins (league average 10.3)….. there are 19 goalies getting paid 5mil or more. So he is playing above average to me and getting paid a little above average. I know its not ideal, but it is what it is

  • February 22, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Crow us an absolutely huge piece of this team. The problems of this team? Well goaltender and his salary doesn’t register on this list boys and girls.

  • February 22, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Im with Rufus here. I think he is paid appropriately according to market/resume. That said all contracts are ridiculous nowadays, but I am with Rufus. That is hardly the biggest issue from where I am sitting (which is obviously a meaningless couch).

  • February 22, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    WOW I might get tickets…..pathetic!

  • February 22, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    We’re a culture of second chances which often mean third, fourth, fifth chances. I keep hoping that one of these bad losses is the wakeup game they need to rally around each other and make the most of the “second” chance to play well enough to become the legit Cup contender like I thought they were, or at least could be. But at some point reality must be faced and that point will be here very soon if it isn’t here already. Hope is a wonderful thing to have but false hope is not. I admit that I’m a sucker for the Hawks and against all the evidence before me I still have a spark of hope. It’s flickering and I don’t know how long I can keep it alight. I’m not even sure I should be trying to keep hope alive, but there it is – I still have not been able to give up hope.

    I’ll tell you one thing that sustains me and that’s what this team has given me (us) over these last 6 years. So even if this is the beginning of the end, I’m appreciative of the enjoyment this team has provided. That helps through these tough times.

  • February 22, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Obviously Rantta is the piece the Hawks will move at the deadline. Heck they might have a deal in place as we speak.

    It’s bad, just plain bad out there. Troy Murray was at a loss for words in the post game show. He said the players of the game for the hawks were Carrillo and Rundblad. Ouch.

  • February 22, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    “Helps through these tough times.” Being a playoff team with a couple superstars, this may be a bit dramatic.

  • February 22, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Carcillo player of the game Craig? Was Murray on drugs? I actually thought Runblad wasn’t that bad. He had some heavy shots on goal and moved the puck out of the zone fairly well. He does have some difficulties in the corners though.

  • February 22, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    “Helps through these tough times” is a statement of contextual relevance. Compared to life and death situations, the Hawks fortunes mean nothing. Compared to real life hardship, the Hawks furtunes mean nothing. But within the context of the expectations of this team, the way they have been playing lately would rightly be considered “tough times”. The fact they are still a playoff team with a couple superstars doesn’t preclude them from going through tough times.

  • February 22, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    This team is in BIG trouble period……I’m taking March off since they took Jan/Feb off…see ya in April!

  • February 22, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    ER-your last paragraph well said.
    Yes the team hasn’t looked good for about a month-sh&t happens!
    There are a few on this site that have lost the perspective ER mentioned and their ankles are so badly broken from the last few years getting on and off the bandwagon-it’s actually funny! (and sad)
    Two Cups and nearly a third-but the answers are obvious to the arm-chair GMs

  • February 22, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Earth to Rufus and ScottieP… there are bigger Problems on this team??? Yet, How are the Hawks going to Get Better/bigger D-men??? BY spending Fuc%&* MONEY…
    BUT wait a minute … SB doesn’t have any FuC&^&%^ money… Cuz He spent it on 29 cuz of one good PO run, and he spent it on a position (GOALIE) – that doesn’t matter AS MUCH as you think it does… How do I know this??? well look at 2013- Ray Fu&@^$%$*G Emery put up the same Numbers!!! Emery IS NOT GOOD!!! Crow IS good… but alas- my basic conclusion- the Team in front of the Goalie IS more important than the goalie…

    please read- why the Goalie doesn’t matter

  • February 22, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    i would imagine mcdonough was disgusted by what he saw sunday.

    i would expect 2 trades involving roughly 4 acquisitions by or at the trading deadline.

    the “we like our team” narrative is not going to wash with McDonough. he likely gave stan one week to figure it out.

    even if the hawks overpay, guys like sekara, winnick, glencross might just wind up here, with prospects such as raanta, mcneill, fournier, erixon, 3rd and 4th round draft picks headed the other way.

  • February 22, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    What is with all the swearing and profanity on this site lately? I have been gone for a few days and everything has changed. Maybe I should leave once again until the fanbase here regains their loyalty!!

  • February 22, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Great, Look who’s back.

  • February 22, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    “It’s up to us to be prepared,” Toews said. “I don’t care who it is across our lineup. Everyone has to bring something and not delegate, not share the responsibility. It’s up to each individual to bring a little bit more.” <<>>> GO HAWKS!!

  • February 22, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    — previous post was edited(, Tab)?

  • February 22, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    …OK, the gist = ENOUGH TALK! PLAY!, for a change.

  • February 22, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    CN, “even if the hawks overpay, guys like sekara, winnick, glencross might just wind up here, with prospects such as raanta, mcneill, fournier, erixon, 3rd and 4th round draft picks headed the other way.” <<< reason enough to fire Bowman. OVERpay??? …for that crap? I've never been a fan of the "Do **something**, even if it's wrong" philosophy.

  • February 23, 2015 at 7:58 am

    While watching this game with 6 buddies abut 3 minutes and 15 seconds into the game I yelled at my TV to CALL A TIME OUT, get everyone over to the bench again, point at a few players in public (in front of fans) and just give the entire team the riot act “in public” I was serious! I also wish I had the stats for how many face-offs we lose vs good center ice men, thats why looking at lame overall stats in hockey are meaningless. We suck at big face- offs! Winning the dot is 75% of the game. . .Toews is average for such a large price tag on is head and i still cant get over the WINGS series where Seabrook has to go to the penalty box to cheer up the Captain and then Seabrook steps up and scores the winning goal. Not sure that money was well spent but that is my opinion, and his numbers are so below even average, he’s on a team with great skill so he’s not targeted as many think, he’s not! One last rant as many like me “cry we need a net presence” watch how good teams not only have net presence on offense on all lines but how “Skilled” they are, not just a body Shaw can do that but it is a skill to hold position, keep your stick in position and redirect or rebound, Bruins are just okay at it but compared to the Hawks they’re great. Our Defense must learn to “fill the gaps and lanes” on offense to just stretch it out, and still be in position to cover on D, now they’re playing like forwards horrible strategy. Bruins are slow like the Wings and made the Hawks look ancient. Big trouble in little Chi . . . need much more physical players but that type does not fit the Bowman 5 foot 11 under 200 pound player. The only way to REALLY TURN things around in the NHL is to have a HOT HOT Goaltender which is not CROW or to get more Physical which is NOT the Hawks, so you gotta out skate and work and that is hard night in and out. Physical play helps slow the game down and slow down the other guys in the final period, NHL is such a physical game a game of contact PLUS balance with speed. Big trade coming . . . no choice now and it ain’t lame ass GLENCROSS gotta be much more than that! Bring up Darling is smart he can get HOY for 6 games and turn it around or be the semi-average net minder he may be after all, we’ll see, sad it’s up to him he will start vs florida both games! Crow needs a rest and plays up to or down to the emotion-less Hawks thats CROWS only down fall, he steps up when the team steps up but get down when he see the ENTIRE TEAM SUCK.

  • February 23, 2015 at 8:04 am

    On the bright side – Runblad played well, he should STAY he’s the best offensive d -man we have, he has a skill to get the puck off quickly quickly with speed, he doesn’t drift out of position or get too deep, his shot is really accurate and on net. not near net like most but on net, plus his pure defensive skills are solid, he could be a little more “physical” on the d-end but he sort “Copies” what he see in practice and in game mode, he is a player and Hartman is now just okay, anyone down that has size left to bring up, the 5 – 11 190 pound guys we got tooo many off!

  • February 23, 2015 at 8:31 am

    I’ve not posted in a while after being chastised for questioning Q’s handling of young players. Everyone was pointing to his 700 plus wins and praising his greatness. Those wins do not mean squat now that his roster is less than the talented bunch he has been blessed with since coming here. Babcock is getting collectively more out of a less talented roster, young and old players alike, than Q is getting from his roster. The Hawks’ play has been complacent most of this year and that rests with Q’s coaching staff. Sure, players have to play, but it is the coach’s responsibility to motivate them and get the most out of them. I do not see that happening and it is about time it does.

    The highly touted prospect pool looks more like a cesspool, the 3rd and 4th lines aren’t producing, and the team has 2-3 quality NHL dmen. This all rests on Stan Bowman’s shoulders. Then we have a cap crunch that is already handcuffing us this year and that appears to indicate that next year is going to be worse than this year. When Tallon helped manage the Hawks into a cap crunch, among other issues, he was banished from the organization. Stan really has not done anything earth shattering and he has not creatively managed the team to avoid the demise we appear to be witnessing. All the little tweaking moves are not working this year so we cannot sit and wait for next year to happen. It is time that Stan shows what kind of GM he is by not sitting on his hands. This entire season has been a slump. Sitting idly by while the crumbling continues is not the answer. He needs to make some major moves that will improve this team now and in the future.

    It is a business. On more than one hockey site, I have read that Boston is likely firing their coach and GM after this season due to the demise of their aging team. At what point are the powers that be with the Blackhawks held accountable for the diminishing level of product we are seeing this year.

  • February 23, 2015 at 8:36 am

    BTW, Runblad, at +16, has the best +/- of our D

  • February 23, 2015 at 8:43 am

    BTW, plus-minus is like saying a pitcher leads the team in ERA. If you’re going to defend a mediocre player, at least use a relevant stat…

  • February 23, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Runbad/Carbomb for a bag of pucks!!!

  • February 23, 2015 at 8:55 am

    @ Booman – the appropriate reason many come to the defense of Bowman is because the shelves were completely bare in the organization when he took over and had to burn the roster to the ground after the 2010 Cup. Many of the players he’s dealt away – Morin, Pirri, Jimmy Hayes, Olsen – weren’t drafted by Bowman; he either acquired them in a trade or they were Tallon picks (and yes, I know Bowman was part of Tallon’s front office). Your version of (revised) history that indicates Bowman hasn’t done anything earth shattering takes for granted the reality that Bowman had to replace more than half of an NHL roster and he won a second Cup 3 years later…

    What we’ve seen from all of the prospects who have left with the exceptions of the Hayes brothers is NOTHING. Yes, Morin has health issues (and I truly wish him the best), but there hasn’t been anything outstanding about a prospect Bowman has moved away that would make you say “man, they really missed on that guy.” Is there a lot of dead weight in the organization? Sure. But it only takes 18-20 skaters to win a championship. And the Blackhawks are far from the only team in the NHL dealing with cap issues.

    Let’s step out of the vacuum and wrap some context around emotional discussions. Is this team great? No. Are there glaring holes? Sure. Would all of us trade a limb for Nick Leddy to be skating in Johnny Oduya’s place? Absolutely. But are there talented kids coming who will eventually re-stock the NHL roster? Sure. And most analysts hold the Hawks collection of prospects in high esteem…

  • February 23, 2015 at 9:55 am

    A complete write off game yesterday. If you are going to be bad, by really bad. This was what the 2nd period was for the Hawks. Perhaps the worst single period of hockey played by this team in many years. Strange in that had Rask not come up with 2 miraculous saves in the 1st Hawks would brought a lead and perhaps some momentum into the 2nd. Bruins took 2 really dumb ass penalties as well to give the Hawks a chance at turning the tables, esp with Toews scoring on the PP. Alas, we all saw the debacle unfold in the 2nd. Rozy was brutal on the first 3 Bruins goals never mind Crow getting no help at all from the 5 guys in front of him. Pulling Corey was the right thing and Raanta would be of no help. Maybe Antii got wind of the Darling signing early. Nothing was going to right the ship yesterday. Some weird line combos did nada. Listless is about all I can say about Hawks effort in the 2nd although embarrassing also fits pretty well. I left after the 2nd period. Can’t remember leaving a game that early in many many years knowing nothing good would come from the final 20 minutes. Thankfully it’s still Feb., and hopefully yesterdays game will mark the bottom being put in for the Hawks in this not so very good string of games.

    The guys know what they have to do in order to win hockey games. Some new roster infusions should be added prudently if there is something out there that fits. A rent a tougher Dman or power forward wouldn’t hurt. I’m not throwing this team under the bus yet. Some road games should help. I’m going down to Tampa for the Bolts game with my son. At least it’s warmer down there….

    Lets Go Hawks!!

  • February 23, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Tab – This fawning over Stan Bowman is ridiculous. He’s winning with Tallon’s picks, has had two “one and done’s” with his roster, traded Leddy for nothing and has his team in the dark hole of cap hell. The talent in the farm system that you and other’s tout on this board is way overrated (one time I agree with Rufus). At least some of Tallon’s “loser” picks are in the NHL. Where are Stan’s picks?

    Furthermore, as an example, LA’s farm system has never been ranked highly, Lombardi has made two killer moves to win Cups and the rest of Central division has either caught or will catch the Hawks soon.

    So far, Stan’s biggest contribution seems to be overpaying for Bickell, Crawford, Toews, Kane, Sharp. All of which (with the exception of the 2 sunshine boys) will hamper the team for years to come. He’s had the team for 5 years now – where’s his imprint?

  • February 23, 2015 at 10:29 am

    This roster isn’t good enough, period. Call it a team in a state of transition, or call it Bowman dropping the ball, or call it being boxed into a corner because of the salary cap, or call it the failings of younger players in the system. To me, the onus is on Stan Bowman. His “vaunted” farm system has produced way too little. And he elected to “go for it” this season, which in hindsight was a bad mistake.

    Grade A – Kane
    Grade B plus – Saad, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson
    GradeB – Versteeg, Keith, Crawford, Raanta
    Grade B minus – Toews, Hossa
    Grade C – Kruger, Carcillo
    Grade C minus – Rosival,
    Grade D – Sharp, Richards, Bickell, Shaw, Oduya, Runblad
    Grade D minus – Smith

  • February 23, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I hope to see bickell moved, problem is nobody will take that 4mil cap hit. He is absolutely worthless and is the only player to make toews and Hossa worse. Rozy looked bad this game as well, we all know he needs rest, I don’t understand why they don’t just play #5 with another one till Rozy is rested.

    Time to bring sharp up with #19 and #81. The guy has scored 10 goals this season. Trying him on the 3rd line hasn’t worked, put Saad down there with the young scrappy players like shaw and let them do work.

  • February 23, 2015 at 10:36 am

    The meatball brigade likes to rip Joel Quenneville for his unwillingness to play younger talent, which is a crock o’ crap. Under Q’s tenure Hjalmarsson, Leddy, Saad, Bickell, Shaw, Kruger, Smith, Crawford and Raanta all washed on shore. It’s not Q’s fault that Bowman’s player development system is WEAK and produced shockingly little. Pirri and Morin were busts. Stalberg was a one-dimensional bust. Hayes couldn’t skate and was a lousy fit. Teuvo is a novelty act and will NEVER fit into what we do in Chicago, plus he is massively and comically overrated.

    So where are Bowman’s great prospects?!? Hartman looks like a dime a dozen Rockford shuttle type. McNeil is a disappointment. Clendening was a big disappointment. Not hearing much about Dahlbeck. Johns has been hurt (and I really like him, so he gets a pass on that one). Danault is just a role player. Etc.

  • February 23, 2015 at 11:02 am

    — I very rarely agree with Rosenbloom (“Mr. Know-it-ALL”), but I believe he rally “captures the spirit of the thing” with his “Blackhawks can’t trade for what they really need” piece…

  • February 23, 2015 at 11:13 am

    RTF – interesting grades. Maybe a little harsh on Kruger and Smith — they aren’t scoring (…any scoring from 4th/checking line “is a bonus”), but their defense and PK are very good. With Richards, I guess it’s where you set the ROLE ANTICIPATED TO SERVE… Rundblad has made some mistakes in the d-zone, but should be graded effective for skating/passing/shooting. I would drop keith to the B minus – very high expectations for him are reasonable.

  • February 23, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Quenneville is hardly blameless for this either Rufus. It’s true some of the guys “he likes” get on the team but development is hardly his forte (especially with the old timers he has as coaches) Compared to elite coaches like Babcock, Sutter or even Hitchcock who you can see take risks and bring kids along, Quenneville has shown little skill in development. And when he doesn’t like somebody – boom, it’s their problem, never his.

    Brandon Saad is essentially the same player as 3 years ago (and very lucky to be on top line) He’s never delivered on lower lines. Bickell, Shaw, Kruger, Smith – all some form of grinder. All 4 could be replaced without anyone noticing.

    If a retooling is to come, it wouldn’t bother me if new guys lead it. This bunch is stale.

  • February 23, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    The Bruin game was the NHL model for how a bigger. slower team playing below the circles can beat the Hawks. Sonner or later, those big forwards are going to get inside position on the Hawk defenders. To conteract, the Hawks must play faster and make their second pass up ice which they failed to do all game long. The Bruins were able to break up that second pass just as Winnepeg did in an earlier game. If I were recipient of that second pass, I would be sick and tired of having a Bruin right next to me all night. I gave up trying to count the number of successful second passes. I can watch pond hockey for free. They looked like the Glory Years of Dollar Bill Wirtz.

  • February 24, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Got to dump Roszival, we’ve gotten all we can out of him.

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