From Joe Ostrowski
The defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks are off to a slow start. Well, that’s not a big surprise.
Let’s be honest here, this team isn’t the team you remember hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup last season. Although the core may be the same, the role players are almost all brand new to the bandwagon Chicago Blackhawk fan’s eyes. There is no more Big Buff, there is no more Steeger, and Niemi No No is no more.
Welcome to the era of Viktor, Pisani, and Skiller (Jack Skille).
Buy your jerseys now!
Seriously, a 1-2-1 start is nothing to worry about and the fact that some people are already talking goalie controversy with the Blackhawks after four games is just silly. Looking back at last year we had a goalie controversy all season long. The overpaid and under performing Huet versus the young Fin with no experience nick-named with a baseball term.
We in Chicago were crying for Joel Quenneville to make a call on a number one goaltender all season long, and he didn’t until near the end of the season. The Blackhawks ended up winning a Stanley Cup, and all the frustration with the position went away as we all embraced a trophy that hadn’t seen Chicago in half a century.
Why must we do this all over again? Has Joel Quenneville in his third season as head coach of the Blackhawks not earned enough trust that playing his two goalies equally in the first four games of the season is not ok?
This roster is 33% new to the wearing the greatest jersey in sport. Just like it takes time for any team to gel, this Blackhawks team is no different. With time this team is still one of the top four in the Western Conference and they for sure will make a run in the playoffs.
It’s just four games people! Stanley Cups are not in one game.
Calm down Madhouse Nation!