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Blackhawks GM searches for defensive help

Feb 3, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

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When you allow eight goals to a team that seems primed for the draft lottery, it’s reasonable to be concerned.

Lax defensive performances aren’t a rare thing for the Chicago Blackhawks, however, as they’re allowing 2.9 goals per game (ranking them 25th in the NHL). That’s not exactly a comforting stat for a team still within a stone’s throw of the top seed in the West, so it should come as no surprise that GM Stan Bowman told ESPN Chicago that he’s still looking for help on the blueline.

“Our top four defensemen have played very well, but you do concern yourself with overloading them too much,” Bowman said. “So if you’ve got guys in the third pair that can eat up some more of those minutes it would be an ideal situation.”

Bowman admits that depth seems to be on the top of his shopping list – perhaps because goaltending help might be too expensive or hard to come by – but he also explains that there aren’t a lot of sellers on the trade market right now.

In other words, for the time being, Chicago will probably aim to simply outscore its opponents.

  1. yettyskills - Feb 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Well I for one am complete shocked that the ‘Hawks would be thinking D after leaving Edmonton.

    And Stan should not have said anything about the top 4 playing well and let them think that after a night like that and the trade deadline coming that anything is possible and if you want to stick around you had better pick up your game from here on in. Like Scotty would have done, learn from your old man Stan.

  2. throwback3 - Feb 4, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Of course nobody wants to give up their defensemen!!! Cmon Stan! Its abundantly obvious that Stan doesnt have a clue. You never build you core around wingers. He wouldnt be in this situation if he would have found a way to keep Campbell. Defensemen and goaltending is the recipe for championships. Its time to let the soft players go. Build the team the way Tallon did.

    • chiadam - Feb 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      Yeah, Stan really doesn’t know what he’s doing. Hammer over Niemi, Crawford over anyone, LePisto, Scott, Carcillo, Frolik, O’Donnell…the hits keep coming.

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