Oct 172011

Al Cimaglia, now writing and covering the Blackhawks at MyFoxChicago.com, joined me tonight on episode 93 of TheThirdManIn~Radio.

On the show, Al and I discuss the fallout from Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins and the Blackhawks already falling behind the Red Wings’ first-place pace.

We chat about the importance of the Hawks’ immediate upcoming schedule, Duncan Keith’s early season struggles, Patrick Kane’s game, Jeremy Morin’s huge return to the IceHogs’ line up this past weekend and the continued state of befuddlement surrounding John Scott’s place on the Blackhawks.

All this and so much more and this hour-long edition of TTMI~Radio.

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  2 Responses to “TTMI~Radio, e.93, Chris Block and Al Cimaglia of MyFoxChicago.com talk Kane’s prominence, Keith’s struggles, Scott, Morin and more”

  1. Great job as always, Chris and Al. A fair assessment of the entire team.

    I wrote prior to camp that Scott would make the team and the battle for the 23rd spot would be between Kruger and Smith. But I expected Scott would be riding the bench while the organization saved itself some coin paying Smith or Kruger an AHL wage. Hopefully it’s due to injuries that he’s even in the lineup, but now I’m starting to doubt it.

    Time to fish or cut bait for the Hawks if they’re gonna be a serious contender. The forward depth is not what it seemed prior to the season if Brunette continues to struggle to fit in and Olesz remains an enigma. They can’t be wasting a slot on Scott. But I’m preaching to the choir here…

    • I agree. Although, its no great injustice that Smith will spend a little more time in the AHL, he’s a versatile guy who can skate 13 minutes a night and help you at the NHL level right now. You’re right, and as Al and I talked about on this show, before the season began we figured it would come down to Smith or Kruger, barring injuries. I haven’t decided one way or the other on Kruger long-term other than I’d much prefer him getting big minutes and playing in all situations in Rockford right now. At least for the first month of the season. Then bring him back, if he does well, and put him in those third and fourth line situations. Bolland is going to be out of the lineup here eventually. If Kruger’s getting more ice time and experience for the first month in the AHL, I like his chances of filling Bolland’s shoes a bit better than I do right now. Smith would do just fine as your fourth line center today or long-term.

      Storing John Scott in that 23rd spot wouldn’t be so insufferably mind boggling if 12 other teams in the Western Conference had an enforcer the size of George Parros or if Zack Stortini were still and NHLer. But those guys aren’t around. I’m not looking forward to another season of explaining to the dopes how having Scott in the lineup is a minus scenario 19 times out of 20. If you’re the Coyotes, no big deal. You’re the Blackhawks. You’re a championship organization. Act like it. Admit the mistake and move on.

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