Let’s do this, Chicago.
It’s simple. The Blackhawks are back. After two dominating performances against two elite teams (and two elite goalies, to boot), they sit atop the Central Division with a league-leading eleven goals. Is this 2010?
Let’s start with the season opener. Against a physically dominating Kings team,
the Blackhawks held their own destroyed the reigning Stanley Cup champions. Speaking of the Kings, they’re not even going to make the playoffs this year. Don’t believe the analysts who say they’re going back to the Cup final. Back to Chicago. Hossa, Toews, and Kane were awesome (Kane looks like Superman out there). The defensive core held its own. And, most surprisingly, the special teams division performed with flying colors. All good signs.
The same signs were evident in Phoenix. Hossa reasserted his dominance with his second straight two-goal performance, as he now leads the league in goals and points. Meanwhile, Kane and Bolland played wonderfully. The former threaded simply amazing passes, and the latter was just a assertive force on the PK as well as at even strength. The captain commanded the faceoff dot and is now the league leader in +/-. I could go on about Stalberg, Bickell (never thought I’d say that), Kruger…
Overall, the Blackhawks look 2010-esque. Every facet of their game is superior. Stars are being stars. PKers are killing penalties. The center-men are winning face offs. The defense is preventing. One problem: Emery didn’t look great last night. But that’s not a huge concern, at least not yet. This year looks promising.
48 or 50 games of purely awesome hockey will begin on the 15th or 19th. Get happy
Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Hopefully it’s something I can learn and mature from. So far in my maturation process, it’s something I’m still trying to get better at. The biggest thing is it was embarrassing and that’s from deep down inside of me, from myself and my family to everyone that supported me.
Patrick Kane on maturing
The Kane trade rumors are flowing again. The new word on the street is that Marc Bergevin (Montreal’s GM) wants Kane and Hjalmarsson for P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec. While this trade benefits both sides, there is no way that Stan Bowman will take the bait and give Kane away. What team should give away its core player that is one or two years away from being the scoring champ? It just doesn’t make sense.
There are only a couple circumstances in which a Kane trade would be acceptable: a trade in which a great goalie (not named Luongo) would be dealt to Chicago, or a trade that trades Kane for a very good second line center. Neither of these two scenarios seem like they’ll be resolved via trade; the Blackhawks will try to use free agency whenever possible. Plus, even if the Blackhawks do start up trade negotiations, players like Niklas Hjalmarsson and Michael Frolik will be the first ones to go, not Patrick Kane! It’s as simple as this: the Blackhawks will have to receive a player as good as (or better) than Kane if they’re going to deal him.
However, it’s easy to understand why the Blackhawks want to move Kane. He’s been a nuisance outside of the UC the last few years, whether it be skipping the World Championships to get drunk at Cinco de Mayo or punching a cabby in Buffalo. The Chicago Blackhawks do not want that kind of PR on their hands. In short, they want the players be like Toews: calm, collected, and smart. If Kane can’t fit that mold, then the front office will want him out. Having stated that, though, it is obvious that the risk of losing a star player is very high, which leads me to believe that the Blackhawks are trying to send Kane a message more than anything else.
While the reasoning is sound to move Kane, it’s just not smart. Stan Bowman knows that too. Thus, Kane’s name will only come up when Bowman knows that he can get a not only good, but great player in return. Such a situation does not seem very likely. The interest may be there, but no team wants to take a chance on Kane just yet. Kane will remain a Blackhawk.
This song is suitable for Patrick Kane’s recent antics.
I love everything about our situation here in Chicago. I think organizationally we have a chance to win a championship every year. We left this season disappointed; I felt we underachieved and left something on the table. There’s probably a lot of blame to go around, and I feel I should be absorbing as much or more than anybody. But I wasn’t thinking about anything else; I have two years on my contract and I’m very happy here.
Joel Quenneville about staying in Chicago.
They pretty accurately describe each Blackhawks forward’s performances this season.