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Chicago Blackhawks Should Play David Rundblad.

By Sean Fitzgerald
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Apr 21, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen (44) with the puck during the first period against the Nashville Predators in game four of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The sixth defense-man has been the Achilles heel of the Blackhawks all season. The Blackhawks have tried many players at that position. The problem was supposed to be solved at the trade deadline.  The Blackhawks acquired Kimmo Timonen on February 27th from the Philadelphia Flyers. When the Blackhawks acquired him, they thought they were getting a Top Six defense-man that had appeared in 77 games last season. He has 35 points for the Flyers. He had not played in game before the Blackhawks acquired him. Timonen had not appeared in a game due to blood clots. The Blackhawks were assured that Timonen was healthy and ready to play.They paid a steep price for him and have not gotten any return on their investment.

During the regular season Timonen appeared in 16 regular season games, Timonen averaged 11:59 of ice time. He recorded ZERO points in those 16 games. During the playoffs, Timonen’s ice time has dropped from 11:59 to 9:32. In Game 3, Timonen’s ice time dropped to 5:44. WHAT IS THE POINT??

The Blackhawks have essentially been playing five defenseman since the playoffs started. When Michal Rozsival remembers that he is awful, the Blackhawks sometimes play four or four and half defense-men in a game. The writing is on the wall, Kimmo Timonen is not bringing anything to the Blackhawks this season. If anything he is hurting the Blackhawks by playing. He is a liability on the ice and to boot, he has commits DUMB penalties. As the Great Hawk Harrelson always says, He needs to GRAB SOME BENCH.

Since Timonen is not bringing anything to the team, why not try the younger David Rundblad. Let’s make sure we are clear here, Rundblad is not the savior, he is an underachieving prospect who happens to be on the Blackhawks. Rundblad is a younger and faster puck moving defenseman. Rundblad can join the rush and attack the net unlike Timonen. I’m not saying Rundblad should average 12:48 a game like he did during the regular season.

He is very flawed. He will make mistakes and does not clear the zone very effectively. He also has not appeared in a game since in a game since April 11th. He does however bring some more offense to the back line. He did have three goals and 14 assists in 49 games this season. The most important thing is that he is NOT Timonen.

I am saying if you are going to limit their sixth defensemen’s minutes. They should atleast play someone with some upside.

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