Jan 16, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
#2: Joel Quenneville Trusting All The Wrong People
We’re looking at you, Michal Rozsval.
At least once a season, coach Joel Quenneville baffles Blackhawks’ fans by putting players in a position of trust, when they certainly don’t deserve it. This year thus far, it’s been Rozsival. Born out of necessity, with injuries to Trevor Van Reimsdyk and newly acquired Kimmo Timonen,Rozsival can be found playing crucial minutes for the team, sometimes even with Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith sitting on the bench.
Despite blunders (Michal Rozsival“such as the two he had on Saturday night against the Dallas Stars) coming often, Rozsival will continue to play big minutes into the playoffs, unless Van Reimsdyk comes back in a big way, and Timonen (who is even older, at 40 years of age) finding his groove again post-injury.
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The fact of the matter is, at 36, Michal Rozsival isn’t the player he was during the 2013 Stanley Cup run, and it’s unlikely he will ever be again.
Add in Daniel Carcillo, who does not contribute towards the team, and the Blackhawks have a pair of players that don’t pull their weight whatsoever, yet Coach Q continues to use them in big-time situations.
How will he use David Rundblad who appears to be a better option over Rozsival or will he get tired of the lack of production from Joakim Nordstrom and feel forced to put Carcillo in to spark the lineup. These are the type of situations that should worry Chicago Blackhawks fans about Joel Quenneville’s thought process even if he already has won 2 Stanley Cups with the Hawks.
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