Blackhawks blue line now 8 deep

Posted: 09/12/2012 by bc in Uncategorized
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In one of those UFA signings that tends to fly under the radar, the Chicago Blackhawks signed former ‘Yote and Ranger Michal Rozsival to a one year contract. A tad surprising that the savvy 13 year NHL vet took a one year contract at the relatively young hockey age of 34. Rozsival did miss 26 games last season due to a head injury but acquitted himself well in the playoffs helping Phoenix into the WCF.

The Chicago blueline is looking surprisingly deep and formidable anchored by the top unit duo of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. Nick Leddy, Johnny Oduya, Nik Hjalmarsson and Rozsival give Coach Quenneville four additional top 4 D-men. Former Ducks Sheldon Brookbank and Steve Montador are available anytime Coach Q elects to dress industrial grade sandpaper.

The Blackhawks are beginning to take on the look of a very complete hockey team. There are questions of course. The tandem of Corey Crawford and Ray Emery have to bounce back from bad goals and games a little quicker than we saw last season. Viktor Stalberg should improve on his breakthrough 22 goal season. The former Leaf showed ability in the clutch as he potted 6 GWG’s for the ‘hawks. Stalberg is the kind of sniper you can put in your top six or hide on a depth line.

This is a kind of sneak peek on our look at the West Conference. Blackhawks upside looks like a fiercely competitive second round playoff adversary.

Unlike our Ducks who are looking more like a one year Cup wonder, GM Stan Bowman is giving Chicago fans exactly what Henry Samueli promised us when he hired Brian Burke, a perennial Cup contender.

Ken Holland built a perennial Cup contender in Detroit. Lou Lamoriello achieved it in New Jersey. Now it looks like Stan Bowman is taking Chicago into that elite club. What about Bob?

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