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SplashPad- Not Blackhawks Summer Plans

By Keith Schultz

The fourth of July will not be remembered for the Chicago Blackhawks signing Zach Parise or Ryan Suter after all.  The whirlwind four days of speculation and excitement ended  seemingly within  five minutes ,in the middle of a holdiay, with Suter and Parise signing with the Minnesota Wild.  Now it’s back to the drawing board for plan B,C,D or is there a plan?

GM Stan Bowman decided to hold a press conference stating that the Hawks made nice offers to both Parise and Suter , who both decided to play at home or close to home instead of joining the Blackhawks.  Parise earlier in the day stated the decision was between the Wild or New Jersey Devils and wouldn’t state how close the Hawks offer was really considered.  Bowman stated that the Hawk are not trying to make a SPLASH but to win hockey games.  That’s great in theory and makes for good sound bites, but is there really a Plan besides Sheldon Brookbank? Late news out of Tampa is that Matt Carle is signing with the Tampa Lighning, so another free agent is off the board.

The best part of the dynamic duo signing in Minnesota is that our division rivals were the big losers and while standing pat the Hawks actually won.  Suter leaves the Nashville Predators , and the possible landing spot for both Suter and Parise, the Detroit Red Wings, struck out on landing one or both.

Free agency is now four days old and the biggest prizes are gone and all the Hawks have to show is a journeyman defense man!  Hopefully Stan really has a plan because it’s becoming increasingly frustrating to just hear talk and no action. Maybe a cannonball isn’t necessary, but at least get in the pool!!

Happy Fourth whats left of it!!