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.