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Does Chicago really only need to make minor tweaks this summer?

Jun 21, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

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After being kicked out of the 2011 and 2012 playoffs in the first round, do the Chicago Blackhawks really only need to make minor changes to their roster? Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune would argue that Chicago has to take significant action. In particular, they need to find a second line center that isn’t Patrick Kane.

Rosenbloom might not get his wish though, based on Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman’s recent statement.

“Some teams have six, seven holes they need to fill and they probably have a different task with a lot of uncertainty but for the most part we know what our roster is going to be with some minor tweaks here and there,” Bowman said.

Of course, that could be a little bit of gamesmanship on Bowman’s part. If he’s interested in making a major trade, it’s better to come off as apathetic than desperate.

Either way, Chicago could certainly stand to add another skilled forward to round out their top two lines. Their goaltending tandem of Corey Crawford and Ray Emery also leaves something to be desired, although it seems unlikely that they’ll change it before the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

Overall, Chicago already has a competitive team on paper. They do have a fair amount of depth and some younger players that might be ready to step up. It wouldn’t be a disaster if they had a quiet summer – but it wouldn’t exactly be desirable either.

  1. niubears - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:32 AM


  2. esracerx46 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Define minor. 2nd line center for sure needs to be addressed.
    Sharp Toews Kane
    Saad Hossa
    Bickell Bolland Stalberg
    Carcillo Mayers Frolik

    You have guys like Jeremy Morin in the minors who have shown some flashes. Depending on how things turn out in training camp maybe Mark McNeil or Brandon Pirri shine and fill that 2nd line center.

    Keith Seabrook
    Leddy Oduya
    Montador Hjalmarsson

    If Monty isnt ready, or Hammer gets traded, Dylan Olsen can pretty easily fill that hole.
    I was against it when they traded for him and have been against it when they resigned him. I would not have touched Oduya. Too many lapses. Same goes for Leddy but the kid was 21. Based on that, I could see why Bowman said what he said. Not too mention, who pumps up your fan base by saying we have a gaping needs and need lots of help. Ok…besides Brian Burke

    • davebabychreturns - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      I notice you didn’t mention the Blackhawks goaltending situation..

      • govtminion - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        They’re painting the Blackhawks logo on several pieces of plywood in preperation for the season, goaltending will be fine.

    • pabs1214 - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Yeaaaa your depth chart is kinda sucky
      first line forwards- agree
      second line- Carcillo Hossa
      third line- bickell bolland stallberg

      forth line- Shaw Mayers frolik
      X= com

  3. lsxphotog - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Pat Kane for Ryan Miller? haha

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