Rock’s Rant: Sharp’s Injury Is Death Nail On Blackhawks’ Season

By Rock Mamola–

What a rough season it has been for the Chicago Blackhawks.

This is surely not the way the Madhouse on Madison wanted to celebrate the organizations first Stanley Cup title in half of a century. Of course we all remember this past offseason where the Stanley Cup champs had to say goodbye to a little over 1/3 of their championship roster just to fit beneath the NHL’s salary cap. Then while adjusting to the new roster of talent, the team has consistently had to deal with injuries to key players. For example Marian Hossa has been injured this season in both actual games and practice as well. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were both shelved for weeks with injuries as well.

The latest news from the Blackhawks today is that Patrick Sharp is expected to miss the next several weeks with a knee injury, which Head Coach Joel Quenneville termed “not long term” however also said “could have been a Jordan Hendry.”

If you are not familiar…..Jordan Hendry tore his ACL on Feb. 27th and is expected to miss six months recovering from surgery.

So how serious is Sharp’s injury?

Coach Quenneville said today: “We hope to have him back before the end of the regular season. That’s where he’s at right now.” Just the fact that “Coach Q” says the word hope in his statement kills all my hope for playoff hockey in Chicago come April.

This is a huge blow to the Chicago Blackhawks who are now losing their most consistent player all season long. Their leading goal scorer and second on the team in points, Sharp provides a verteran presence on a team that is still really young. The loss of Sharp will also be felt on the Blackhawks power play (leads team in PP goals) and their penalty kill as well.

With the Blackhawks involved in a logjam for playoff positioning at 86 points (only one point from being out of a playoff spot) with ten games to play over the next three weeks, this seems like the death nail in this forgettable season on Madison. Of the ten games, seven of them are against teams that currently would be in the playoffs including three of those against the division leading Detroit Red Wings.

Losing arguably your best player in a time where every point is absolutely crucial puts more pressure on your other stars to step up their game. That means the Blackhawks will need even more production from Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane because of their lack of depth that has hurt them all season long.

Unfortunately this latest turn of events furthers my belief that this team will not make the playoffs this summer. Sometimes it just is not your year!

It is not a bad thing however that the Chicago Blackhawks miss the post season. The one thing the Blackhawks benefited from the most last season has bit them in the rear this year. Last season the Blackhawks were dealt a clean bill of health for the most part (Campbell/Hossa missed significant time). This year the bug has bitten star after star after star and now it has gotten to the best player on the roster.

Maybe this is a sign the Blackhawks were meant to stay home this summer. Maybe their “One Goal” in April should be “rest for next year”!

While missing the playoffs may seem like a huge step backwards in the direction of the organization, it could actually be a blessing. The Chicago Blackhawks had the shortest amount of time of every team to get ready for the coming season. Add on top the amount of roster turnover the team witnessed and how long it takes a team to gel, and you knew they were headed for disaster. This team needs a break not only to recuperate mentally, but physically too. Too often this year, the Blackhawks had a key player fall right when things start to get going.

This time Patrick Sharp is the victim…

End game on the 2010-2011 season for the Chicago Blackhawks.


John “Rock” Mamola is the Host of The Rock Report on WSCR 670AM The Score

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  • Sandie

    You are giving too little credit to the remaining players. This is a team, not just one person. Granted Sharpie is terrific, but don’t downplay the rest of the players.

    • RoCk

      Taking away your best player (for the entire season) when you are only one point up in the standings and the schedule they have remaining….

      No way….

      Onto 2011-2012

  • Rock the Idiot

    This “Rock” guy is a moron. If anyone has ever heard the guy on radio (doubt it, he is on Friday nights) he is not a Chicago fan. Although the Hawks have had tough breaks this year and the rest of the conference has gotten better, the Hawks will still have a better year than the 2008-2009 season. They will get in the playoffs and hopefully make a worthy run…….this Rock guy is an idiot on all Chicago sports, not just his stupidity with the Hawks.

    • RoCk

      Didn’t know you had to be a Chicago fan to be an employee of the Score.

      Although I enjoy three of our Chicago sports teams…..I’ll say this.

      If you have a team in a points struggle with 3+ teams…..take away your leading goal scorer and best power play winger……who do you trust to make up for that?




      • Joey Loeffler

        Toews can and will carry the team. He’s the best player on the team, if not the league.They may be 2 points from missing the playoffs, but they are three points from being in 4th and thats probably right around where they belong without Sharp.

  • ToddH

    The teams ahead of Hawks in seeds 4 and 5 are 2 and 3 points ahead of the Hawks with more games played.

    Calgary is 1 point behind, but have played 3 more games.

    5 of the Star’s next 6 games are against teams seeded 4-8.

    I think the Predators make it in with the play of Rinne.

    I am confident that if the Hawks get at least 10 of the the next 20 points available that they will end up in the playoffs, with Dallas or the Ducks being left out.

  • Clueless.......

    yep, Rock is clueless……..4 points seperate seeds 4-10. Get a clue Friday night DJ.

    • RoCk

      Didn’t know being on the air was an insult….

      Then insult me all you want.

      They’re done for this season….and that’s ok


  • Da Rock is a Rock

    Why is Da Rock so pathetic he personally comments to everyone remarks? Are you that insecure in your bad writing? If you gonna throw out the season is over cause Sharp is down for a bit…….that is sad. You have to analyze the entire playoff picture…games played, remaining schedules of other teams, other team injuries, and tie-breaker rules….Your view is just pathetic. Do some real analysis and not just write what a cub-loving wisconsite would say…….

    • RoCk

      Would you prefer your views to be ignored?

      I didn’t know it was a bad thing for a person to converse with the people who check out his piece.

      While you raise good points…..they are only 1 point in. That’s it.

      Taking away your best player when you have to WIN every game from now on….to me that means they won’t be able to keep up with their competition.

      They’ve not exactly been the hottest team as of late, and now you take away their best weapon? Not good

      I hope you appreciate my reply as much as I appreciate yours.


      • Yo Idiot

        “Not been the hottest team of late”?? Who is then?? They are 6-2-2 in last ten games, and have received points in the last 13 of 16 games. And “have to WIN every game”?…give us a break….you are still not looking at the big picture. Go analyze seeds 4-10. Sure Sharp injury hurts, but as other peopel have said…do not discount the entire team and if Hawks get 10 of 20 points remaining in season, they will make the playoffs. Why is everyone wasting their time on this stupid column……I hope Da Rock write another gibberish article when the Hawks make the playoffs.

  • Larry Horse's Arse

    Whoever wrote the headline is a dumb-arse.
    The phrase is “death knell” (not “nail”).

    • d

      hahahaha i was going to say that

  • Dan Rakow

    Detroit Red Wings will WIN the Stanley Cup this Season.

  • Larry

    Everyone on the internet is beautiful and a great writer. Goodness. There are so many problems with this article as to form, content and style as well as the general substance of it. There are several funnies as well. I’m just going to pick out my favorite:

    “Unfortunately this latest turn of events furthers my belief that this team will not make the playoffs this summer.”

    Would someone please tell me why the NHL is delaying the start of the playoffs until summer?

    Please, Rock, try not to be silly. And get an editor. Wow.

  • Denver Deadite

    I appreciate that Mamola responds to comments.

    But, as last night showed, the Hawks aren’t dead yet.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Correct on both counts, Deadite.
      I respect that RoCk responds.
      The fact that he is willing to get into the give-and-take with his listeners/readers shows me that he has real stones. (No pun intended).

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