Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks have one word for you to chew on for like the next 9 months, and that is the word rebound!
Yes, after getting swept out of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round, and then not making the playoffs this year. The franchise starting with GM Stan Bowman want you to believe that next year will be the year the team rebounds!
Ok, I’m always a very optimistic person when it comes to my favorite teams, and as much as I want to drink the Kool-Aid on this kind of thinking, I’m just not sold on the logic.
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will be in their 30’s yes 30’s next year, and Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook will be even older so the 4 key guys that are the core of the team who’s talents haven’t been the same this year are going to be better with another season on their legs? I don’t see this logic working to me.
Ok, the other reason is the talent that Stan has been stockpiling which he includes Alex DeBrincat and Nick Schmaltz. I will give you that they are good young players, but they will need to kick it up a notch, and other players will also need to get better for their to be a rebound season.
The only way you can really get me to believe that it will be a comeback story will be if Corey Crawford is 100% healthy when the season starts next season. No matter what you think of the declining numbers of the Blackhawks core, #50 would have stole enough wins to get the Hawks to the playoffs this season I firmly believe. So if you want to say rebound start there and nowhere else Stan!
I want to believe it, I really do, and we will have so long to talk about it!
Here are some morning links to start your Wednesday!
Watch some of the Chicago Blackhawks perform random acts of kindness around town (Blackhawks)
Something I’m totally against, but this article says play Corey Crawford now (Daily Herald)
Duncan Keith says tragedies put charities in focus for him (Tribune)
NHL Trade deadline winners and sellers one more time (Pro Hockey Talk)
Well who is the new Stanley Cup favorite (SI)