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05-23-2013, 01:14 PM
Kyle McMahon
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Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
Well yeah, we know, but the thing is a lot of those guys are contributing players. Not key essential pieces.

The question still deserves to be asked: What is wrong with these Chicago Black Hawks and where goest Keith, Toews, Keith, Hossa, Sharp, Bolland, etc?

Really when one looks at it the 2010 run was some magic in a box where a lot of players played the best they've ever played at the same time and ran over Nashville (choke) Vancouver (choke) SJ(huge inexplicable choke) on the way to a cup final against a weak seed Flyers team that somehow got out of the perennially weak EC.

Hawks had an easy ride. The one series people expected to test them, SJ, ended up a sweep. go figure.

My opinion is the Hawks never had to work as hard to win a cup and therefore don't know how to. They got the easiest ride I've seen. An off year for many other clubs.
I don't get saying the Hawks had an easy road to the Cup. They actually had one of the toughest possible. There were not any upsets in the West that year, they had to beat the other two division winners. The Predators, the #7 seed, had 47 wins that season, that's a ridiculously strong #7 seed. The West probably had 7 of the top 10 teams in the NHL. The worst team they played that playoffs were the Flyers, although most would agree Philly was a pretty strong team that had a crappy regular season and turned it on in the playoffs.

The Hawks have replaced a large portion of the depth they lost after 2010, but they're still not what they were in 2010. Bickell is a poor man's Byfuglien (based on how Buff played in 2010), Shaw is a poor man's Andrew Ladd, Stalberg is a poor man's Versteeg. Certainly better than the Andrew Brunette's, Fernando Pisani's, and Ben Smith's than formed the depth in the last two seasons. So there is the depth, but it's still not at the same level.

The biggest difference of all is that Toews simply hasn't produced offensively since the third round of 2010. Plays a great shutdown game, always involved, but your #1 C has to score at some point. The complete lack of production from Toews, and by association Saad, needs to change in a hurry. As in, tonight.

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