The Blackhawks don’t need another Brawler!

By Sean Fitzgerald

May 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing

Brandon Bollig

(52) with the puck during the second period of game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks have been active in the free agent and trade market. The Blackhawks traded Brandon Bollig to the Flames for the 83 pick in the draft. The Blackhawks used the 83rd pick on Matheson Iacopelli. The Blackhawks were also active in free agency signing free agent center Brad Richards. The Richards signing should fill the second line center role, but who will the enforcer role?

The answer is nobody! The Blackhawks do not need an enforcer. The Blackhawks style of play does not call for an enforcer. The Blackhawks were ranked 28th with 699 penalty minutes due to major penalties. The Flyers were first in major penalty minutes and they were bounced in the first round. The Blackhawks were 29th and came one goal from the Stanley Cup Finals. The numbers do not lie the Blackhawks do not need another enforcer.

Once Brandon Bollig was traded rumors started to fly that Brandon Manshinter from the Rockford Ice Hogs COULD be in the running to replace him. Manshiner had 15 goals and 20 goals with 94 penalty minutes in 58 games. The Blackhawks should not bring him up from Rockford. They do not need another person taking worthless penalties; Kris Versteeg is still on the roster. If anyone should replace Bolling spot in the lineup, it should be Jeremy Morin. The Morin debate is for another time.

The Blackhawks coaching staff knows that being physical is not the Blackhawks style of play. Remember when the Blackhawks needed to get tougher so they signed Steve Montador, Rostislav Olesz, and Sean O’Donnell. How did that work out?? I’ll give you a hint, Mantador and Olsez were bought by the Blackhawks via the compliance buyout.

Clearly those signing did not pan out in the Blackhawks favor; they were slow and lost in the first round of the playoffs. The Blackhawks can be out hit and out fought. If they are outscored consistently that is when changes need to be made. Until that time comes when being out hit and out fought equals losses, no brawlers needed.

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