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Chicago Blackhawks: Three New Year’s Resolutions

By Tim Lively
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Oct 30, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman

Erik Gustafsson

(52) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

#1 – Stay the Course with Erik Gustafsson

Sometimes you have to wonder if the Blackhawks’ brass actually reads the posts of Blackhawk Up in search of new strategies when the ‘Hawks seem to hit a rough patch.

Myself, and several of my esteemed colleagues here at Blackhawk Up have been calling for one or more of the following: recall Erik Gustafsson, place Marcus Kruger on IR, and reduce Michal Rozsival and Rob Scuderi to time shares.

Well, if ever there was a time to teach the lesson of being careful for what you wish for, this past week was it, as all the aforementioned occurred, not to mention the placement of David Rundblad on waivers.

Now to many Blackhawks fans’ delight, Gustafsson has another chance to prove his worth on the blue line. The caveat here is how long his tenure will be on this United Center tour. This will probably once again be determined by Coach Q’s willingness to endure his inevitable rookie mistakes.

However, Gustafsson comes to the ‘Hawks in a particular situation, as their defensive ranks are practically worn down to a nub. This is something both Gustafsson and Coach Q-stache need to recognize: Gustafsson through playing smart defensively, and Coach through being more patient with Gustafsson continuing to learn the NHL ropes.

It remains to be seen if Gustafsson is a long term solution for the ‘Hawks at the blue line, but hell, even the likes of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook had to start somewhere.