2013 Offseason Thread Part IV: SCF, end. Trades, begin.
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06-25-2013, 06:30 AM
HOPE & CHANGE
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Chicago used skill and speed to beat the two brawny teams. LA and Boston. The Hawks have won 2 Cups in 4 years in the salary cap era. Nine players were on both teams. Toews. Kane. Sharp. Hossa. Bolland. Keith. Seabrook. Hammer. Crawford. Keith played with Seabrook and Rozsival. Oduya with Hammer. Quenneville didn't trust Leddy.
Bowman traded for Michael Frolik, Nick Leddy and Viktor Stalberg. They have developed and found roles along with draft picks Bryan Bickell, Marcus Kruger, Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw. Frolik, a 21-goal scorer his first two NHL seasons with the Florida Panthers, could complain about not playing in the top six but has accepted being part of an outstanding penalty-killing tandem with Kruger. Bickell has eight goals. Shaw has five.
The new supporting cast is not an exact copy of the old one. It was never going to be the same. That was the challenge, to find a new mix, a new chemistry. But it has made about the exact same impact – from Crawford’s goaltending, to Frolik and Kruger’s penalty killing, to offensive production. If you include Bickell, who had no goals in four playoff appearances in 2010 and did not get his name on the Cup, the newcomers have accounted for 42.6 percent of the Blackhawks’ goals in these playoffs. The non-core players accounted for 41 percent of the Blackhawks’ goals when they won the Cup last time.
“I think the balance of our team gives us that depth that you look for, because you don’t look for one group or one guy to get the production done for you, the job done,” said Quenneville, who has gotten only two goals from Toews, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player in 2010. “It looks like everybody is contributing, and that’s what teams are all about.”
There is no reason why the Rangers can't model their team after the Hawks. The supporting cast. The Hawks won with one center. Toews. Bolland was their 2nd line center before they acquired Handzus for a pick at the deadline. When Bolland was out with his various injures,Kruger played up there. Two young players in the middle with Shaw and Kruger. If Bolland was on the line with Kruger and Froilk,Kruger played left wing.
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