Trying to capture the spirit of the thing that was the Blackhawks’ choke in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals that ended their Stanley Cup defense:
1. The Hawks need a second-line center. Here we go again. If it takes trading, say, Brent Seabrook and something else, then fine.
Maybe the Hawks are sold on Andrew Shaw between Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad, a line that piled up 19 points in the last three games. If so, then the Hawks need a third-line center who can skate, handle the puck and score like Teuvo Teravainen might’ve done if the coach and/or the organ-I-zation hadn’t buried him.
Marcus Kruger won nine of 11 faceoffs in Game 7, but so what? He’ll never score in this league and shouldn’t play anywhere except the fourth line, which leaves no room for Michal Handzus. None. Zip. Zero.