Bowman: Hawks Have Core To Be Successful

(WSCR) With 18 games remaining in the regular season, it’s safe to say the Blackhawks have lacked consistency this year.

If the season were to end today, the team would be locked in the sixth seed in the Western Conference. Still, general manager Stan Bowman said his team has the right core in place to make some noise in the playoffs.

“We haven’t had the consistency in our game, but we’ve seen signs during our four-game winnings streak after we came out of that long road trip where we beat three of the best teams in the league,” Bowman told The McNeil and Spiegel Show. “We played sound hockey. That’s what we need to get back to. The first half of the season, we were in the top half of the standings. We’ve struggled just to maintain that consistency. It’s the same group that got us to the top through 45 games. We need to get back to playing at that level. We’ve added some players to the mix. We brought Johnny Oduya in from Winnipeg and I think he’s going to solidify that back end.”

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The Blackhawks were relatively quiet as the trade deadline passed. The team made two trades — acquiring defensman Johnny Oduya from Winnipeg and sending John Scott to the Rangers.

Bowman said that given the cluster of teams vying for a playoff spot, he knew there wouldn’t be many trade possibilities.

“All along there was a perception at least amongst the other general managers that there weren’t going to be many trades this year just because there are more teams that are still in the race,” Bowman said. “Typically, in years past, there was a little more separation at this time of the season and you had a number of teams who were not going to qualify. When that happens, they tend to try and move their players out and build for the future. That wasn’t the case this year.”

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  • tom sharp

    Other than raising the average IQ of the team a few points by dumping Scott, these “moves” mean nothing. The team s in disarray and that is on the players and the coach as well as Bowman. They are dead for the season, even if the limp into the playoffs. Next year find a goalie, dump some salary and get players that no how to play their respective positions. Amazingly, almost all of these guys don’t seem to know how to play defense for just one example.

  • been banned

    McDonough should be in the sights of Rocky—poor GM, ineffective Coach in a crisis, coddled multimillionaire players who are’nt delivering…interesting too, you dont see Rocky quite as much getting a shoe shine before the games like he used to down on the first concourse. I’d hide out too with the product McDonough has ultimately been delivering to the Company too. McDonough pulled a fast one on Talon and Savard for the Bowman and Q Ball, and ultimately the unloading of grinders who could score and protect the multimillionaires. Fire Mcdonough and get a real HOCKEY President in, not a Cubs, win or lose and they still want a bobblehead and beer fan type President.

  • been banned

    oh btw: Does Mac have Teinowitz disease? No wonder those two never got along. Interesting there is little news about McNeil, but let it be a Sports star or front office guy, the commentary by Mac and Spiegs borders on brutal. Turnabout is only fair play right guys? So whats his problem for being out? I guess Tiny Teinowitz disease…something happened, and he’s checked in for a “time out”…probably prescription drug abuse. It happens. Nothing wrong with it, but the silence on the matter is a bit hypocritical given its the nature of these two guys on this show to go after others.

    uh, good luck.

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  • cc

    HAWKS have bad GM to be unsucessful let’s not hold anything out STANLEY

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