Devil of a Friday

Through some exclusive inside sources, the Fifth Feather has acquired video footage of the Barry Rozner/John McDonough interview.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

In all fairness to Rozner, he is hardly the only member of the Chicago media who can barely contain themselves when in the presence of McDonough.   But he may be the most guilty of it. 

–It looks like the wing combo of Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg between Sammy Pahlsson is here to stay for a while.  While I certainly see why Quenneville would do it, (off-setting Kane’s sometimes sloppy defensive play with Pahlsson) I still am not convinced this is the best way to go about it.  By trying to offset Kane’s defensive shortcomings, they’re in fact, crippling his offensive skills by playing him with Pahlsson. 

There has been talk recently the ‘Hawks feel Pahlsson is a better offensive player than his career numbers say.  This would make sense for them to partner him up with Kane and Versteeg, two of the more offensively skilled players on the team.  However, there hasn’t been much evidence to the contrary since Patrick Sharp’s return.  If they don’t see at least a glimmer of hope in the upcoming games, hopefully they don’t wait too long to pull the plug on this experiment.

The best checking line the ‘Hawks can throw out there would be Sammy Pahlsson (also one of the main reasons they acquired him, ya know, to center a checking line) between Troy Brouwer and Andrew Ladd.  Only recently has there been any evidence of the ‘Hawks using that combo.

Patrick Kane has moved to Pahlsson’s line for now with Kris Versteeg, but it’s possible a checking line of Pahlsson and perhaps Andrew Ladd and Troy Brouwer could happen at some point down the stretch.

–Speaking of BROUWER POWER, Chris Kuc gets credit for being the first beat writer to take notice of Brouwer’s inability to capitalize on golden opportunities.  Amazingly, I have been saying this since the end of February.  Brouwer is a terrific checking winger but the coaching staff’s insistence to try and make him a top line scoring winger is flat out wrong.  Maybe in the next couple years he’ll become that guy, but this year, it’s just not happening.

Anyone who has played with the talent he has this year should be putting up better numbers than he has.

–With a goal last night, Dustin Byfuglien is just a torrid scoring pace off matching his output from last year.  Last year, Buff had 19 goals to go with 17 assists in 67 games.  In 67 games this year, he has 13 goals and 13 assists.  He has been nothing short of a disappointment this year, but I have to wonder if he were playing on a smaller contract, would ‘Hawk fans hate him as much as they do?  Because essentially, he has put up Troy Brouwer numbers but with a bigger cap hit and less talented linemates. 

–I had the opportunity to read “Career Misconduct” by Mark Weinberg recently.  Weinberg was the creator of ‘The Blue Line’, a satirical game-day program that used to be sold outside the Chicago Stadium and United Center, basically the grandfather to ‘The Committed Indian’. 

His book goes into extreme detail about all the evils Bill Wirtz perpetrated as owner of the Blackhawks (and really God bless him, if this blog had to worry about the team on the ice AND the ownership off it, we probably wouldn’t have got past the first month before I wanted to poke my eyes out with toothpicks).  Most of the information in the book I had already known about, but something dawned on me as I was finishing it.

In about ten years, all these ‘new’ fans will know nothing about what we went through.  They won’t know what it feels like not to watch a home game on TV, nor will they know how truly silent the United Center can be (hopefully).  They won’t know Bobby Hull destroyed all ties with the franchise because of how poorly he was treated by Wirtz nor will they remember how Roenick was told he’d be a ‘Blackhawk for life’ only to be shipped off six months later. 

Basically, you should buy it, read it (it’s only like a 110 pages) and then keep it on the shelf for that one day in the future when you’re bouncing your grandkids (hopefully they’re your grandkids) on your lap telling them how truly awful it used to be to be a Blackhawks fan.

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7 Responses to Devil of a Friday

  1. Fork says:

    Byfuglien = Sopel…if Sopel were making $750,000 instead of over $2M, he’d be a #7 defenseman and nobody would say boo. It was s shitty contract the day it was signed.

    At least Tallon’s made enough good moves to balance it. Sopel/Byfuglien haven’t played the way they should, according to their paychecks.

  2. Troy says:

    I’m warming back up on Buff… he’s a hard guy to stay mad at because every time you see him use that big body well, you remember why he’s on the team. The team doesn’t need him to be another scorer, and he’s been playing his role well this month.

  3. RememberTheRoar says:

    as if Cambell’s worth 7Mil a year for 7 more seasons? he cant even earn his pay this year! and Huet’s 5+Mil that he cant earn… To be truly honest, Habby doesnt earn his 6+Mil either…
    & Buff should move back to D.. or more so SHOULD HAVE been traded @ the deadline instead of the Wiz…
    We’d have been better off paying JR the 2x his previous salary, 1.1Mil, than most of our puppies making over that… Not that he’d EVER agree to come back home OR be willing to play for a Wirt$ again…
    But seriously let’s get a WIN over the Devil’s tonight.. maybe McD will have our girls in Angel wings & Halos tonight and give out crosses to the first 5K fans

    Go Hawks Go… or wait… that’s a J. McDonough North side faggot phrase.. Though i wouldnt put it past him to alter the song and use ‘Hawks’ instead.
    I’m sorry, but bringing him, the Red-Winged Scotty&Stan (Bowman) & the Blue Joel Q into our Chicago front office insulted me tremendously.That’s ALMOST as bad as firing a LEGEND whose # hangs from our rafters (Savard) 4 games into the season AFTER A WIN. (& if you dont think we could have done this well or BETTER with Savy as our coach then you need to put your beer down [or that fruity orange Mai-Tai, or however you spell it,I see all the yuppies drinking now] and start watching the ice!)

  4. John says:

    Looks like someone picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue….

    @Troy, I think you and I are in the same boat. My love-hate relationship with Byfuglien is becoming the stuff of legend. At this point, we should probably just ride it out for the rest of the year and hope his salary gets cleared off the books this summer.

  5. blackhawkbob says:

    I think we’ll all come to love Buff down the stretch.

    His real problem this season has been keeping up with top-six skating and passing. I’m not ready to murder a young, reformed defenseman for those sins, regardless of his current salary and production levels.

    We’ll all just have to get used to him playing power play and bottom-six minutes for $3 million. At this point, it’s water under the bridge if he can find a way to help the team win.

  6. blackhawkbob says:

    Oh, and the only reason Q doesn’t go to Pahlsson-Brouwer-Ladd is if he doesn’t like the size of Toews, Kane, Sharp, Havlat, Versteeg, Bolland combinations.

    I think we’ll see it sooner rather than later though.

  7. CT says:

    “I’m sorry, but bringing him, the Red-Winged Scotty&Stan (Bowman) & the Blue Joel Q into our Chicago front office insulted me tremendously.That’s ALMOST as bad as firing a LEGEND whose # hangs from our rafters (Savard) 4 games into the season AFTER A WIN. (& if you dont think we could have done this well or BETTER with Savy as our coach then you need to put your beer down [or that fruity orange Mai-Tai, or however you spell it,I see all the yuppies drinking now] and start watching the ice!)”

    Whoever this is, you’re hilarious.

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