Jun 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks vice president and general manager Stan Bowman during the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration at Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman held a press conference today enlightening fans on what he will be looking for in this weekend’s training camp. His two main speaking points were on expectations, or lack thereof, for young Hawks prospect Teuvo Teravainen, and getting the team under the $69 million salary cap. Joel Quenneville and defenseman Duncan Keith even gave their opinions.
Bowman understands that the universal expectations for Teuvo are really high, but as he has mentioned before, he does not want to rush his development.
"Bowman: “We’re going to evaluate him over the course of the training camp and exhibition games, and make the best decision for him in the short-term and long-term.”"
Rushing a young player like Teuvo could be detrimental to his overall development. If he gets thrown into a situation where he is relied on to provide something that he cannot yet provide, he could lose confidence in his game.
On predicting when Teuvo will be able to crack Chicago’s lineup, Bowman said this:
"“It is one of those things where it doesn’t make a lot of sense to try and make predictions. We’re not in the predicting business.”“Players kind of sort that out for us by the way they play, so I’m not walking into it with any expectations. [Teuvo] is a tremendous talent, he’s going to be a great player whether it is in two weeks, two months, or two years.”"
Joel Quenneville mentioned that he agrees with Bowman on the fact that how Teuvo plays in training camp will ultimately decide whether he will be in the lineup this season.
Bowman also mentioned that he understands that a move will have to be done in order to get the Hawks under the salary cap. The Hawks are currently $2.2 million over the limit. Training camp will be the biggest deciding factor on who ends up getting shipped out.
Duncan Keith had this to say about making a move:
"“We all kind of know the business, and management has to make some decisions, and we have a lot of trust and faith in them, that they are going to do what they have to do. As players we just have to focus on being fit and able to play.I think trades are always part of the game, part of the business, and that is never going to end.”"
These next few weeks that will prelude the season will be exciting ones for fans and players alike, who are ready to see what changes will be made, and what players will step up.
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