Don’t have a whole lot today, but here’s a quick rundown of some interesting items:
–Anyone still holding out hope for Stan Bowman to make a trade soon, don’t hold your breath. While the topic of Long Term Injury Reserve is brought up, it once again went completely unanswered. Here’s Bowman’s take:
“It was the same thing with Burish and it was the same thing with Hossa. We know these guys are going to be back during the season so you don’t want to have to undo something later because these guys are ready to go and you can’t get them into the lineup.”
I’m still having trouble figuring out how putting Burish or Bolland on LTIR and allowing a Rockford forward du jour to take up a roster spot is going to have to be undone later. No one’s asking the Hawks to go out and get Ilya Kovalchuck (though that would be nice); all anyone with a half of a brain wants to know is why the Hawks are avoiding LTIR like it’s the Ebola virus.
Is it to save Rocky Wirtz a few hundred thousand dollars? Is it because no one in Rockford is worth the trouble? Unlike the salary cap, the answer can’t be that complicated.
–I meant to mention this after Wednesday’s game, but instead ended up answering it in the comments. The two Colin Fraser scraps were the epitome of a desperate man. With Hossa all set to come back within a couple weeks, Fraser has done the math and knows he needs to do anything to get the attention of the coaching staff. So his best solution is to drop the mitts with anyone willing.
To me, this was depressing more than anything else.
–I will be making my maiden voyage to the United Center tomorrow night. During the mid-90’s, it felt like there was a three-year stretch where the Hawks and Leafs played each other 734 times. Now it’s a huge deal when they play once a year, even if one of the teams is a turd in the punch bowl. So if you see a Mediterranean-looking fellow hurl himself towards the glass to celebrate a Blackhawks goal, that’s not me, but I’ll be near by.