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Olczyk: Blackhawks need a second-line center and help for Keith and Seabrook

Apr 25, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville met with reporters today to answer questions following a second consecutive first-round elimination. We’ll have more on that later.

In the meantime, via, here’s an interview NBC and CSN analyst Eddie Olczyk did yesterday with Chicago Tribune Live:

To recap:

—- Olczyk thinks goalie Corey Crawford was “very good” in regulation against Phoenix, though he admits overtime was a different story.

—- He believes Bowman has to add a second-line center: “Patrick Kane is a dynamic player, but is a much different animal playing center than wing and you saw the revolving door all year, Joel [Quenneville] looking to go to Kane or to [Patrick] Sharp or to [Dave] Bolland or to Brandon Pirri or to Marcus Kruger. They had a lot of different guys try to fill that void and once [Marian] Hossa went out all of a sudden now you became less of a threat offensively without a pure finisher on the wall with the wingers. That’s an area that certainly needs to be addressed.”

—- Olczyk also thinks Bowman needs to address the defense: “I think they’ve got to get some heaviness in their team up and down the lineup, not only at the forward position but also on the back end. “I think you’ve got to get some help for Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. Those guys play such tough minutes, hard minutes, against some of the best players in the world.”

  1. atb4 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Jordan Staal for Patrick Kane?

    • mickeyb21 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Seeing as the only reason the Penguins would consider letting Staal go would be money/salary cap related, I don’t think getting Kane in return would be the answer. I can see the Hawks wanting Staal, but I don’t know what the Pens would want in return at a lower cost but still high value.

      • atb4 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:31 PM

        Good point. I just mentioned it because there have been rumblings Staal’s unhappy with his role, which would be understandable. I don’t know if that’s true or not or what the cap situation might be like.

        It’ll probably never happen, but an interesting trade proposal I thought.

      • odj810 - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        jordan staal is a stud. He’s a first line center on a lot of teams.

  2. ballistictrajectory - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    How about Olczyk puttin the pads back on and lacing them up again to demonstrate what he wants to see players do. I’d love to see him dressed as a goalie dealing with a breakaway from some of the fastest skaters in the league, or better yet, as a shot blocker going up against Chara or Weber.

    Easy to spout off on who should and who should not… Not so easy when you’re on the ice.

  3. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Eddie O
    Crappy Player
    Crappy Coach
    Crappy Analyst

    Who cares what Eddie O thinks about anything?

    • throwback3 - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:11 AM

      I agree…although eddie is a good guy he has the IQ of an amoeba. More help from Keith and Seabrook??? Are you kidding me? The problem all year was they were on the ice too much. Letting Campbell go had a big effect on defense minutes and entry into the zone on the pp. The goaltending was terrible…Crawford belongs in Rockford. Stan and Q need to go. There is only two players worth keeping…Shaw and Toews in that order.

  4. tarotsujimoto74 - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    They can have Derek Roy…not sure what I’d want in return.

    • bagjr387 - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      a bag of hockey pucks is all i want

  5. blackhawkfan - Apr 25, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Olczyk isn’t an analyst – he’s a mouthpiece for the front office…unless he’s on an NBC game then he’s just anti-Hawks

    Help for Keith? Let’s start with “Hey Duncan – don’t give the puck to the other team 3 or 4 times a game”

    The Hawks D was awful all year. Leddy is young, granted, but he’s been up for 2 seasons and still making dumb mistakes. Hjalmarsson and Seabrook I would keep, the rest can go away

  6. rgledz - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    @Blackhawkfan…..Leddy logged a ton of minutes this year and he’s done pretty damn well. He’s almost equal in points with Seabrook and Keith, not too mention he had 3 points in 5 playoff games. The kid just turned 21 for crying out loud, of course he makes mistakes, it’s part of the learning curve. He wasn’t up for the whole year last year either. Keith, Seabrook,Leddy and Hjalmersson are the core. Oduya isn’t bad (unless he’s being too casual with the puck and gets it picked), but they have enough puck carrying defensemen, they need some bruisers that set a tone on the physical side. That’s my take anyway.

  7. throwback3 - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Eddie O, you dont know a thing about hockey

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