With the news that Michal Rozsival will miss some time with a KNEE injury, the Hawks have been called upon to test their depth on D. “Rozy” however might not be out for as long as originally anticipated as he’s been spotted back on the ice in recent practices. Still, this KNEE injury will allow Sheldon Brookbank to spread his wings and fly like the peacock he is.
With the loss of Rozsival to the backend, the Hawks have Brookbank skating with Nick Leddy on the 3rd pairing. Maybe it’s because we’re not quite sure who’s better yet, but an injury like this doesn’t appear to be a huge blow. Also, it was well documented (highlighted in RED actually) that Rozsival has a laundry list of injury issues throughout his 12 year career.
The Hawks hit their first in-season blip on the injury radar screen with Dan Carcillo’s KNEE injury as well. Wait, I thought these used to be called “lower-body” injuries; maybe coaches can’t be bothered due to the tightened schedule. This injury to the one they call “Car-bomb”, who was playing on the top line, would normally set the Hawks back a little but Brandon Saad has stepped in and done no harm. He’s not “lighting it up” as the kids would say, but he’s allowed Q to keep his lines balanced, thus creating an early set chemistry. A certain chemistry that has appeared to be missing for most of the past couple of seasons.
What? Are you confused why I haven’t mentioned the crushing shootout loss to Minnesota the other night that has ruined the Hawks perfect season? Well you and I both knew it wasn’t going to last forever and I’m sure you’re over it already. If not, I’m not sure what to tell you.
Back to the depth; maybe you’re not flinching at any of these injuries because of this 6-0-1 start. Or maybe it’s because you’re actually comfortable with the depth Mr. Stan Bowman has provided and accumulated in prospects? I’m not sure I’m “comfortable” per se, but I do feel better than forcing in a dear-in-headlights Dylan Olsen with these injuries. Also, remember Montador was supposed to be on this roster as well… you haven’t forgot about Steve Montador yet, have you?
Yes, I’m sure you would love to be able to pick up the phone and have Stan Bowman on the other line so you can fill him in on your roster ideas in your master plan to win the mini Stanley Cup this year. If this was to come to fruition though, what would you actually say? You need to trade for a PK, faceoff winning centre or a grinder to help come playoff time? Good luck with that. The fact remains that until the Hawks start their downward spiral and even if they soak into mediocrity it still probably won’t trigger Bowman to do anything.
“Maybe Bowman doesn’t have to” says the fan who’s team is only down a poser of a first-liner and a 34 year old 5th-6th defenseman. You might be singing a different tune if a core player goes down and you’re left with Martin St. Pierre or Klas Dalbeck on your lineup card. Aside from the fact I like both of these gents, I wouldn’t be thrilled to see them in an important role this year. Yes, I know there are players that would be called up a head of them, just trying to make a point.
Interested to hear your early season thoughts on how comfortable you are with this roster’s depth and please don’t tell me you want Stan to get that coveted #2 C or starting goalie you’ve been asking for – not gonna happen pal. Besides, I think the starting goaltender position won’t be an issue if that guy wearing Crawford’s jersey keeps it up!
In closing, if I can channel my inner Ron McLean, “if I’ve Saad it once, I’ll say it again; everything’s all fun and Rozy until someone sets off a Car-Bomb, leaving you licking your wounds down by the Brookbank for weeks on end.”
*Don Cherry somewhere shoots me a disapproved look*
- Hawks take on Vancouver on Friday and it looks like Luongo is getting the nod. The goaltending situation is going to be a distraction (in the media’s eyes at least) until Loungo is dealt. The thing is, as long as the Canucks are winning games, nobody will be complaining.
- Saad is still getting his time on the top line and is without a point. I don’t feel like he’s hurting the Hawks’ top line in anyway but if the team as a whole continues to struggle to score, I for one wouldn’t mind seeing a change. How about giving Jeremy Morin or the revived Jimmy Hayes a look in the lineup (not necessarily on the top line).
- Crawford’s save *courtesy of NHLVideo* in Minnesota really made me do a double take. This is not a Crawford-esque style save when looking at past clips. He almost looked like he was relying on… wait for it… instincts rather than technique.
Ty Cam out!
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