Joel Quenneville is a tough nut to crack like most NHL coaches, and it’s hard to really get mad at him when you sit back and think of all the coaches that held the title of Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach between 1961-2010 and he was the man that has brought not one but two Stanley Cups to Chicago in 4 years after a 49 year drought.
That being said his incredible stubbornness with the Hawks youth is making the great offense of the Hawks turn south for the winter while letting 2 points slip through their finger tips on a nightly basis.
First is the reasoning behind carrying 8 defenseman. Michael Kostka may look like a super hero but he’s a below average defenseman while Sheldon Brookbank is serviceable at best. Spelling Michal Rozsival is one thing but it doesn’t take two to do the job! The Hawks cannot carry offensive players because 2 spots instead of 1 are filled with d-men.
Secondly, the reason given for both Brandon Pirri and Jeremy Morin to not see ice time is their lack of defensive responsibility and although neither were strong on the defensive end you could see that part of their game showing signs of improvement before getting sent down to Rockford. The bigger of the two demotions was Pirri who had built up a re pore with Patrick Kane and if you remember it was Kane that was red hot when he won back to back NHL 1st star of the months. Kane has slumped so bad that Q finally had to get Handzus away from him just so Zus could put his whammy on Bryan Bickell.
It’s fine to have a dog house but when your options are Brookbank or Kostka to replace a player you want to send a message to maybe it’s time to re-trace your steps to find how we got to a place that we are starting someone at forward that isn’t good enough to play regular minutes at forward!
Last night the loss can totally be placed on the shoulders of Joel Quenneville for his season of stubbornness! The Hawks have played great most of this season so these little things weren’t big, but hello the goals and wins aren’t flowing anymore so it’s time to reassess!
Let’S GO HAWKS!!