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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: Backup Goalies And Stanley Cup Chirping

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Sep 30, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Lars Johansson (31) makes a glove save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in a preseason hockey game at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Lars Johansson (31) makes a glove save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in a preseason hockey game at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 30, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Lars Johansson (31) makes a glove save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period in a preseason hockey game at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

George Clifford

Question 1: I’d like to see Stan Bowman trade for an experienced backup goaltender with NHL experience or proven performance in the AHL. The Blackhawks’ current crop of in-house netminders are either terminally unexceptional like Jeff Glass and Mac Carruth, or young prospects, like Wouter Peeters and Ivan Nalimov, who need more seasoning before making the leap to the show.

After a stellar career in the Swedish Elite league and a decent year in Rockford last season, 29-year-old Lars Johansson appears to be the ‘Hawks’ best short-term solution if Bowman decides not to shop for another netminder this summer.

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Question 2: Here’s the unadulterated transcript of Subban’s remarks with Crosby at the end of Game 3:

“Told ya we’d win tonight, Sid, and we’re gonna kick your butts back to the Pitts on Monday night too!”

“Sit on this PeeKay! And your breath smells like a putrid draft from the crypt.”

“I didn’t come by to kiss you, Cindy, and the only thing ‘skunked’ tonight was your stat sheet!”

“Stay away from me PeeKay or I’ll shove my glove in your pie hole Monday night!”

Aaron Goldschmidt

Question 1: I would absolutely love it if the Blackhawks went in-house to find a backup. Why not give a young guy in the system a chance? They might find the next Matt Murray. I know the system is not deep, but just carrying a guy so he can get pro experience would be beneficial even if its not long term.

Question 2: Whatever P.K. Subban said to Sidney Crosby at the end of Game 3 is obviously an attempt to get in his head. The funny thing is that P.K. hasn’t been the main reason for the Preds’ successes. It’s been an all-around team effort, so Subban chirping brings some drama to the series but is probably nothing. The mouthwash stunt did get me to laugh, though.

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