Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Butcher Paper
By Keith Schultz
Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! With this being in the middle of the dog days of summer, there will be a little bit of news to be watching throughout the day with Will Butcher having become a free agent at midnight last night.
When you look at the Chicago Blackhawks defensive unit at the moment there is debate on if Michal Rozsival will be a regular player in the top 6 defenseman to start the team.
The Chicago Blackhawks will not be going far in the playoffs next spring if Rozsival is a regular player in the defensive rotation.
So with Will Butcher heading to free agency, the Chicago Blackhawks will not necessarily be all in trying to sign Butcher, but they could most certainly use another defensive player to bolster their depth to try to keep #32 on the sidelines.
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Listen, I got nothing against Rozsival, but his time in Chicago should have been long gone just like his prime. Coach Joel Quenneville can have him around for injuries and to give a guy a night off, but if he’s playing 20 minutes a night the Hawks are in trouble.
So another year a Hobey Baker Award winner is a free agent, Drew LeBlanc didn’t work out but that’s not to say Butcher would be a useful addition.
Let’s be honest, the fun part of it all is there will be hockey news to read and possibly write about tomorrow or later this week.
While we wait for Butcher to make a decision, here are some morning links to start your Wednesday morning.
Speaking of the dog days of summer, watch Tommy Hawks jump on a train and hand out jerseys (Blackhawks)
What did Artemi Panarin have to say about his trade to a Russian reporter (Second City)
If you didn’t see the news, Chicago Blackhawks tickets go on sale next Monday (Madhouse Enforcer)
An inside look at Brandon Saad‘s return to Chicago (CSN)
Why shouldn’t you let your sports hero’s talk about major topics (Faxes From Uncle Dale)
Can Lamar Hunt get the NHL back to Kansas City (ESPN)
Which Teams around the NHL missed their opportunity to get improved this offseason (Bleacher Report)
Does Kari Lehtonen really deserve a Stanley Cup? (Blackout Dallas)
Can Ryan Johansen really live up to the contract extension (Predlines)
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