Before we each sell our season tickets in light of the recent announcement that Adam Burish will miss six months due to knee surgery, note the Blackhawks’ record, referenced above, during the 17-game stretch in the middle of last season which Burish missed with a broken foot.  Included in those 11 victories was a franchise record nine-game win streak.

The idiots cynics among you may say, “Yeah, but the Hawks had Craig Adams during that stretch, and they’ll (obviously) be without him this time around.”  And, I would say that there is someone in the Hawks’ organization who can do what Adams did in that span – certainly well enough to keep the fourth line churning.

And, finally, contrary to what some have said regarding the fourth line’s success last season, I feel strongly that Ben Eager, and not Adam Burish, was the driving force who allowed the line to succeed.  So long as each piece of his knee is in the proper spot, I think the fourth line will be nearly as productive this time around.

This isn’t to say that Burish won’t be missed; he most certainly will be.  But, to mourn a fourth liner who wasn’t even the best player on his line is going overboard.

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8 Responses to 11-4-2

  1. Kelly says:

    Thank god, another voice of reason. I totally agree with you on all points. He’ll be missed, for sure, but it won’t keep us from winning games.

    My take: http://kellyreardon.dyndns.org/kelly/2009/09/adam-burish-out-for-6-months-with-torn-acl—hawks-fans-freak-out.html

  2. John says:

    But…but…what about team chemistry? How could any team go on a season-long winning streak without someone snapping towels at them after games or cracking fart jokes during intermissions? How is the team supposed to stay loose now?

    The reaction to the Burish injury is becoming very Wisniewskian.

  3. Leigh says:

    The Burish injury will have no influence on how the Blackhawks will preform this season. He’s a solid fourth-liner, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be replaced. I agree with your statement about Eager.

  4. Lou says:

    Great points. I think Burish is missed because he is well liked and a face guy for the team. Obvious points but reality.

    On the flip, Sopel was gone all of last year and it wasn’t the same sentiment on him. To your point we kept winning.

    Burish’s charisma will be missed but this is also a golden opportunity for someone to step up and contribute to the TEAM’s success. And I think we made it pretty far in the playoffs after Craig Adams left and went to Pittsburgh (the missing link to their run). Hustle is a discretionary commodity. So some one has the chance to bring it.

  5. Patrick says:

    Okay, this is probably more of a response the other post than this one, but come on people, he’s not dead – he’ll be with the team but just won’t be skating – he’ll be rehabbing. Love the guy, but yes, he’s replaceable…

  6. blackhawkbob says:

    Oh, Patrick, you haven’t heard the news? He’s being put down.

    Don’t worry, though. You’ll be able to talk to him anytime you like; all you have to do is look up to the heavens and think real hard.

  7. Kelly says:

    LOL @ blackhawkbob

    *sniff* I miss him so much!

  8. Patrick says:

    Wow – that didn’t take much, but I suppose it was the humane thing to do.

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