Chicago Blackhawks in Need of a Shake-Up as NHL Season Enters the Second Half

January 27th, 2011 by Michael Wagner Leave a reply »
It has been a tough season for Chicago Blackhawks, to say the least, and as they sit headed into the All-Star break this team just doesn't seem right. Yes, they have the best power play in the NHL and have been given solid goaltending from rookie Corey Crawford, but there seems to be a missing link on this team and it's difficult to pinpoint.

Of course, the Blackhawks have not been the same on the defensive end. They have struggled mightily on the penalty kill and seem to lack the grit they possessed last season. So the question I would ask is what is general manager Stan Bowman going to do try and turn this team around?

Does he need to make a big trade, make a waiver claim, bring in some outcast from the KHL, or is it is simple as just looking into the minor league system? Whatever it is, this team is in need of some type of shake-up—and I'm not saying trade Marian Hossa or Patrick Sharp; it is more like possibly cutting some of the dead weight off of their roster.

Names like Jack Skille, Viktor Stalberg, Nick Boynton and John Scott come to mind as guys who really are having subpar seasons and in my mind might not be getting used in t ...

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