That Blackhawks' second-line center debate: it's still alive, and probably not going anywhere anytime soon.
There's been consistent chatter this season about who should be joining Patrick Kane on that line, whether it's Michal Handzus, Brandon Pirri (formerly), Peter Regin or someone else. It's a hot topic we've all heard and discussed for some time now, and questions still are coming up for Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman now that the NHL trade deadline has passed.
Bowman joined 670 The Score on Friday morning and talked about the topic. But like he claimed earlier in the week when he said the Blackhawks weren't going to make major moves heading into March 5, Bowman reiterated that he's confident in the Blackhawks' current roster and isn't interested in labeling each line and who's playing on it.
"We don't intend to label lines," Bowman said. "If you look at our team, we've got 12 forwards that all play, and who plays with who in what position on what line, that's gonna change throughout the year.
"People want to call that line with Patrick Kane on the right wing the second line, who's his center that night, for some reason that's a big source of debate. Patrick's having his best offensive season ever to date, so I'm not sure that we need to change that up very much. There will be line shuffling over the course of the last month here and even in the playoffs things will get tweaked here and there. But this team scores a lot of goals, we're the leading scoring team in the league, and for some reason there's a lot of focus on that we need to get another player in there to score with Patrick.
"It's a team that wins championships, and we're not focused on that."