And So It Begins….

All that forward depth the Hawks have boasted about will be put to the test very quickly.  Adam Burish tore his ACL on Sunday night and will be out for the next 6 months.  With still no word on Dave Bolland and Kris Versteeg’s respective injuries, the Hawks may be turning to a few guys who were planning on spending their winter in Rockford.

All those silly trade rumors should be put to bed for a little while now.

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13 Responses to And So It Begins….

  1. Lee says:

    They just sent 5 more to Rockford and Beach and Lalonde to juniors

  2. John says:

    No surprises on that list.

  3. Lou says:

    No surprises on the list. Sad to see Burish hurt. He is a hustler and the kind of guy you love on your team.

  4. Dave Morris says:

    Well, we all know about trade rumors, don’t we?

    Too bad about Burish. He’s turned into a solid PK man and agitator. On the other hand, giving Colin Fraser and some of the kids a shot (like Skille) could turn out to be a net positive for the Blackhawks later on.

    That signing of John Madden looks pretty good right now, as does that of Kopecky.

  5. John says:

    Is there an echo in here?

  6. Lou says:

    IMO, Fraser needs to stay in Rockford. He is a step dwon from Burish and there is a reason he was scratched all playoffs. I’d like to see Skille get a shot

  7. John says:

    Jake Dowell will get a shot too. It’ll be a four-horse race with Brouwer, Dowell, Fraser, and Skille. The Hawks have the depth if Burish AND Versteeg are out for a significant period. The same can’t be said if Bolland goes down.

  8. John says:

    Additionally, I don’t think the current open role fits Skille’s *ahem* skill set all that much. He can’t play center, he’s not really an energy guy, he’s not all that impressive along the boards. That’s why I think Dowell and Fraser will get every opportunity to claim that spot.

  9. Lou says:

    @ John you are most liekly correct but Kopecky gives them some flexibility if the choose to go that way upon Bolland’s return.

    From what I have read, Bolland has more of the nuisance nag than the structural stuff. Sometimes, I think the nag/nuisance is worse than the actual phsysical injury.

    Shifting gears, did you see the latest on the HOssaGate contract thing on the buzz from JJ?????

  10. John says:

    I’m skeptical that a guy with a career high of 19 points can be your 2nd line center and you can still consider yourself an elite squad. In case you hadn’t noticed, I will be late to the Kopecky Kool-aid party.

    Hopefully you’re right about the extent of his injury but the Hawks haven’t exactly gained our trust when it comes to discussing injuries.

  11. Fork says:

    Kopecky is a 3rd or 4th line guy, that’s it. If he’s on the top 2 lines, the Hawks are in trouble.

    Whoever replaces Burish won’t be as good as Burish, obviously. If they were, Burish would be in Rockford. However, the dropoff won’t be so significant as to hamper the season.

  12. Lou says:

    @Fork – good assessment. The offensive skill drop off from Burish can be replaced. What is going to be hard to replace are the intangibles – heart, energy, drive, fiestiness. He is a spark plug and a good locker room guy too. That is what will be missed. Hopefully he will get healthy and be fresh legs come March. Huge boost fo us if he can

  13. Lee says:

    Doesnt Danny Bois closely mirror image Burish?

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