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With Blackhawks losing skid at eight, change is on the horizon

Feb 12, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks aren’t just in a funk after losing eight straight games, they’ve got some serious problems to deal with.

Last night’s 3-0 loss to the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, the Blackhawks are doing a lot of introspection to figure out how they can get things turned around. During their slide Chicago has fallen to sixth in the Western Conference and are 11 points back of Detroit in the Central.

Patrick Kane tells CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers that everyone has to do their part to fix things.

“You need every guy in the room,” said Patrick Kane, who’s been way too quiet this season. “When we were successful, whether last year or the year before, we had a lot of depth, a lot of players stepping up beyond their game. That goes for me and for anyone in the room.”

While it’s up to everyone else to help turn things around, the front office will have something to say about it as well. Myers says that change is coming for this team one way or another whether it’s via trade (to get goaltending help to relieve Corey Crawford and Ray Emery) or possibly even firing coach Joel Quenneville. As for Quenneville, he remains stoic in the face of disaster.

“We need everybody on board,” Quenneville said. “We’re not thinking about standings right now. We’re thinking of trying to win a game.”

Winning is something the Blackhawks haven’t done since January 20 at home against Florida. With three more games left on their nine-game road trip, they’ll need to get it figured out against Nashville, the Rangers, and Columbus. If they don’t have it figured out after that, the team might look drastically different by this time next week.

  1. yettyskills - Feb 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Trade one of Kane or Seabrook to wake the rest of them up, before ever firing Quenneville. Otherwise stick with what you have and find a new goalie in the off-season.

  2. broadstbully33 - Feb 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    kane for jvr

  3. holleywood9 - Feb 12, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Firing quen would be a big mistake. Just a few years off a championship he has proved he can coach his guys up. What they need is men who will sacrifice their bodies to play all out d. The odd man rushes they give up are redic. I’m also in the minority but I still think Kane belongs in Chicago.

    • tommytd - Feb 12, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      Couldn’t agree more Holley…Q’s coaching credentials speak for themselves. With the assembled talent on this team, it’s time for the veterans to step up and show some leadership. Q doesn’t play the points or put pucks in the net. These guys need to step up their game and stop the bleeding. If it doesn’t happen…shake the team up and hit the restart button before the playoffs slip away!

  4. Jeff - Feb 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    I am really surprised the Hawks’ play as fallen off like it has.

  5. Vintage Hockey Barn - Feb 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM

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  6. buffalomafia - Feb 12, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Kane to Buffalo for Roy & 50 hot Buffalo wings?

  7. ikillchicken - Feb 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    The truth is that I just don’t think they’re that good anymore. I mean, obviously this losing streak is a fluke but I really don’t think they’re more than a middle of the pack team anymore. Toews is a great player. Keith is a great player. Hossa, Sharp and Seabrook are all very good players. After that though it really drops off. Kane has always been overrated. (If they were smart they’d have moved him after winning the cup and kept a couple other guys.) Bolland is an excellent 3rd line centre but not so much a 2nd line one. Hjalmarsson looked promising as a bottom pairing guy but has totally totally failed to step up as a top four guy. Crawford just isn’t there yet. Compare that to when they won the cup. Back then, they didn’t just have a few great players. They also had outstanding depth. I mean for goodness sake, they had Ladd and Versteeg playing on their third line. They don’t anymore though. They’ve lost those two, plus Brouwer and Byfuglein. Campbell was grossly over payed but he was still a big asset. Sopel was actually pretty good for a third pairing defenseman too. Then of course there’s Niemi. Not a great goaltender but a damned consistent one. And who have they replaced them with? Stalberg? Montador? Emery? Come on.

  8. tone360 - Feb 13, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Byfuglein can fix anything much like “Tussin” almost out of “Tussin” put some water in there, shake it up and bam!!! Mo “Tussin”

  9. kibbee2545 - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    I surely thought they would give the wings a run for their money, same old Hawks

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