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.