The Coaches Corner
Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville is interviewed during media day. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Joel Quenville on the PK struggles, specifically at the dot.
"“I don’t know how many goals they scored right off the face off, Bingo Bango in your net. Right off the bat they get the lead.”"
Sometimes it seems like the coaches don’t notice the most obvious problems that we “armchair coaches” can point out. This is one of those issues that never gets addressed by interviewers. Q took it upon himself to bring it up. The Blackhawks may not find a solution to this problem, but at least they made it clear that they are looking into it.
The Players Voices
Oct 28, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell (29) carries the puck during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
#3: Bryan Bickell on the Blackhawks’ loss to the Wild.
"“We need to be disciplined. Know how much time’s on the clock. Every shift, give what we need to, and we haven’t been doing that.”"
Bickell has been on a goal streak, and it’s a relief to hear him acknowledge that goals aren’t enough. He doesn’t call himself out specifically, or any of his teammates, but they are all adults, and they know that it’s a team effort. There will always be something extra a player can do to better himself, and more importantly, the team.
Oct 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Brad Mills (51) with the puck during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
#2: Brad Mills on his ability to fill the role of Michael Frolik.
"“I think so. Tonight I don’t think I was on top of my game. I can definitely do better than that.”"
Okay, we know that he’s not going to be the next Fro that quickly, if at all. You can’t expect a rookie to come in and perform at the same level as a more experienced player. Yet it has been fun watching the Rockford guys getting a shot at replacing some of the struggling forwards. Fro brought a lot to the team, and I think that fact is ignored. I like seeing young players challenged and accepting that challenge. I wouldn’t mind seeing Mills get another chance even if his first night out didn’t exactly go his way.
Sep 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp (10) during the third period against the Washington Capitals at United Center. Chicago won 4-3 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
#1: Patrick Sharp on his mom betraying him on the last Mothers Trip.
"“ Did she have it on today? Yeah? Good, she learned her lesson. She took a lot of heat for wearing the Kane jersey so good thing she’s got the Sharp one on.”"
After a tough week for Chicago fans, I thought a little levity was needed. Sharp has been struggling with scoring as of late, but at least he doesn’t have to worry about Momma Sharp breaking his heart once again.