Jun 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coachJoel Quenneville
(right) and general manager Stan Bowman are interviewed during media day in preparation for game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks have been one of the NHL’s most consistent teams in the past several years, heading to the Western Conference Final three of the last six seasons, and taking the Stanley Cup home two of those times.
Thanks to brilliant management by GM Stan Bowman, the Blackhawks roster still has an overwhelming majority of players that helped them win the Cup in 2013, and several that were also there in 2010, when they won their first Cup in 49 years.
The start of the 2014-15 season for the Blackhawks has been less than consistent, to say the least. From adding Daniel Carcillo during the pre-season, to the big off-season signing, Mike Richards‘ slow start, has fans fearing a trade looming.
Head Coach Joel Quenneville hasn’t rested on his laurels, either, experimenting with the lines nearly every game, trying to find the perfect match ups for his team, and the worst for their opponents. Brandon Saad has played on every line with almost every player on the roster, while the fact that Jeremy Morin can’t totally get himself out the Quenneville doghouse makes him a likely trade target for teams looking for young offensive talent.
So, it begs to ask: are the Blackhawks thinking “trade” at this point in the season? The first 10 games of the season have felt almost like an extended preseason for Coach Quenneville.
If history is any indication, Blackhawks fans should be able to relax. Although Quenneville is quick to change the lineups, the decision to pull the trigger on a trade rests with Bowman, and he has been reluctant to do so (for good reason) since the Blackhawks’ recent rise to success.
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Despite all the questions surrounding the Blackhawks’ lineup, Chicago is still among the top teams in the Western Conference, and many experts, including NHL.com, have the ‘Hawks at the very top of their power rankings.
Chemistry will come, and when it does, the Blackhawks will be an almost unstoppable force, but what they have right now is working just fine. Today’s lesson; don’t mess with success, but also be weary of Bowman to make a move when everything else seems safe on the trade front.
What do you think? Is it possible for Bowman to make a move now?
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