Barry Rozner, the Blackhawk oracle, threw out a big, fat ‘I told ya so‘ concerning the Hawks’ 2008-’09 goaltending situation in yesterday’s Daily Herald. The only problem is that Rozner’s made so many contradicting statements and predications, it’s difficult to put any stock in anything Blackhawks-related he says.
For example, for months, Rozner told anyone who would listen about Cam Janssen, Kaiser Soze and the big, bad St. Louis Blues. The Blues, who are, of course, no longer alive in the race for the Stanley Cup, will take your first born and beat you down, Rozner told us. They’ll get ya.
Then, yesterday, Rozner told us he’s been right all along about Blackhawk goaltending:
Funny that back in October when it said in [the Daily Herald] that Khabibulin was the Hawks’ best chance for a playoff run, based on his needing to audition for a new deal, many Hawks employees thought that conclusion laughable.
Ah, yes, the voice of reason and level-headedness shined a light for us months ago. Or, did he? Laying a Nostradamus-like net, Rozner firmly planted himself on both sides of all fences during the season with nuggets like the following:
But now that Cristobal Huet has found his stride, looking like the player who earned his huge Hawks contract with a solid playoff series a year ago in Washington, the Hawks need to move Khabibulin and get assets in return, as soon as Khabibulin is healthy.
Or, this one:
You look at the way the rest of the NHL season is shaping up and it’s pretty obvious that Detroit is going to go out and get a goaltender. So, again, if you’re the Blackhawks, you have to decide what you’re going to do about Nikolai Khabibulin. If you understand you’re not going to win the Stanley Cup, and you’re not going to re-sign him, why not trade with the Red Wings and steal a handful of good, young players?
And, those are just the Khabibulin-related comments. “Laughable,” indeed.
But, I guess we can file these under the “Beating a Dead Horse” category.
And, while you’re doing pre-game stretching this afternoon/evening for game one of the Western Conference Semi-Finals, check back with us.