Now that the NHL lockout is fading in the rearview mirror, general managers have gotten a pretty fair assessment of their rosters.
With the Blackhawks off to a 7-0-2 start before hitting the ice Tuesday night against the Sharks at HP Pavilion, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is pleased with the makeup of his team.
"There haven't been any glaring weaknesses," Bowman said. "Our goaltenders and special teams have been strong throughout. If you have (that) you're going to be in games. Whether you win them or not I guess is a different story (but) there hasn't been anything that has emerged as a big concern."
After flirting with big-name free agents Zach Parise and Martin Brodeur during the summer, Bowman merely tweaked the Hawks' roster with the addition of veteran defensemen Sheldon Brookbank and Michal Rozsival. After the strong start and a chance to observe other teams around the NHL, Bowman believes the Hawks have what it takes to win the Stanley Cup.
"We have all the elements there," Bowman said. "A lot will change in terms of how players progress (and) the health of your team. I certainly like the balance we have. We're (not) relying on one or two or three players to get it done. Even if you don't have injuries, you're not going to have all players clicking all year long — guys are going to hit cold streaks. If you count on them (always) to carry the load for you, you might be in trouble.
"We've had pretty good balance scoring (and) on the defensive end. We haven't over-utilized too many players yet (and) we've tried to spread the minutes around. If there are ways to improve the team, we would certainly look at that."
•Bowman said Daniel Carcillo is "right on track" in the winger's expected four-week recovery from a sprained right knee. Bowman said Carcillo, who was injured in the Jan. 19 opener against the Kings, likely will begin skating this week.
GM likes way roster shaping up
Chicago Tribune | Feb 6