Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- The Q Word

Joel Quenneville, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Joel Quenneville, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks have an afternoon game today, and the problem with watching them right now is the dreaded Q word! 

For the past 10 years when you have talked about the Chicago Blackhawks and the letter Q it’s only meant one thing which is Joel Quenneville!

The Coach of the Chicago Blackhawks has won 3 Stanley Cups since taking over for Denis Savard in 2008, and although he drove everyone nuts most of the time for the way he liked veterans instead of younger players, the final score almost always favored the Chicago Blackhawks.

Well, a lot of the little things that annoyed Chicago Blackhawks fans came to fruition this year.  The biggest one for me is the changing of lines just to continue to change things up.  The glaring thing to me is he found something with Vinnie Hinostroza with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad, and yet when he had a new shiny toy in Anthony Duclair he broke them up.

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Plus he tried every combination in the world but Alex DeBrincat with Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane. It’s obvious Kane missed Artemi Panarin, why not give him another offensive wing to play with and build some comradery.

So anyways the Q word that has popped up and was evident the other night is Quitting! The last month is going to be so brutal if they have checked out for the rest of the season.  The one thing about Q’s teams in the past is they never Quit, and you know they were fighting until the bitter end.  Now they just score first every game and then quit on you.  Even causal hockey fans ask me what is wrong with the Blackhawks.

Don’t ever Quit! Play Hard

Here are some morning links to kick off your weekend! 

Why not, here why Joel Quenneville will be putting Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane back together on the same line today (Blackhawks)

The old trade machine hasn’t been working for the Chicago Blackhawks the past few years (Tribune)

How the Chicago Blackhawks will build their next Stanley Cup contending team (ESPN)

It really is just evaluation time for the next month for the Blackhawks (CSN)

Alex Ovechkin and the bond he has with Washington D.C. (NHL)

Mike Fisher returned and shook up the Predators lines (Tennessean)

The Stastny trade provides a lot of opportunity for others in St Louis (DIspatch)

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