New Interview With Dean Lombardi
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03-06-2011, 11:44 PM
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Nothing very revealing, as he's been using the same tired old line over the past few years about them still being young and learning to be winners.
He says it took Chicago eight years to win a Cup. The Hawks won the Cup in 2010, so he's claiming that the Hawks rebuild started in 2002, but that is simply false. The management group that put together that Hawks team took over in 2005, led by Dale Tallon.
The first player Tallon and his group drafted was Jack Skille at the 2005 draft. In 2006, they drafted Jonathan Toews, their franchise center, at 3rd overall, and in 2007 they selected their franchise winger, Patrick Kane, first overall. In 2008-09, the Blackhawks reached the Conference Finals, losing to the Detroit Red Wings. One year later, they won the Stanley Cup.
Lombardi's claim that it took the Hawks eight years of rebuilding is bullsh!t. They had a good fortune of finding talent in the later rounds (Byfuglien, Brouwer, Dowell, Wisniewski, Hjarlmarsson). Yes, they were a bad team throughout those years, but they quickly turned their fortunes around thanks largely in part to Toews and Kane. Once those two were drafted, they became one of the best teams in the Western Conference rather quickly. It didn't take those two players eight years to learn to become winners.
This is exactly right!
CHIC was able to land a 1-2 punch of Toews and Kane in back to back years. LA drafted Hickey and Doughty in its back to back years of top 5 picks.
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