CTL: Bowman talks Oduya, Scott, trade market


CTL: Bowman talks Oduya, Scott, trade market

After spending most of his time recently working the phone lines leading up to Monday's trade deadline, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman joined Chicago Tribune Live to explain how everything went down.

Bowman explained why he believes the Blackhawks are getting a high-quality defenseman in Johnny Oduya and acknowledged it was difficult to say goodbye to John Scott, whom he referred to as "a very popular guy."

The trade deadline was more quiet than normal, and Bowman explained why.

"The difficulty this season, even moreso than in past years, is the standings are very compressed this year," Bowman said. "I think there's not too many teams in the whole list of 30 who are out of the playoff picture, and as a result, only a couple of teams have players they're willing to trade away for future draft picks or prospects not yet in the NHL, so that makes it a tough trade market for a lot of teams.

We're in that category, we don't want to necessarily trade away roster players to try to improve our team," Bowman continued. "There was a lot of talk throughout the league. We were in on a lot of these calls, and the reason they didn't get made is because it was too valuable for them to trade players away and not get roster players in return. We certainly worked it as well as we could, had a lot of discussions but it just didn't work out other than what we did."

At the end, Bowman explained the team's current mental state:

"You have to be positive, I think that's the most important thing here," Bowman said. "We're frustrated that we haven't had better results lately, but I also think that we've got a lot of great players here. We're all working together to try to put a nice streak together and I think we saw glimpses of that when we had those four consecutive wins against some very impressive teams."

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The Blackhawks’ starts have been all over the map this season but their finishes have usually been strong. That was the case again on Sunday night as the Blackhawks took a lead, lost a lead and regained a lead for good in their 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

This one featured a little bit of everything. So let’s just get to the Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ victory over Vancouver.

1. Jonathan Toews breaks through. If the Blackhawks captain’s confidence was a little shaken with his lack of scoring this season, it should’ve gotten a boost with his Sunday outing. Toews’ goal and three assists were as big for him as they were the Blackhawks, who needed every bit of it late against the Canucks. In his last 12 games Toews has three goals and eight assists. He’s getting there. Said coach Joel Quenneville, “it seems like he was around the puck way more and when he does that, usually good things happen.”

2. Great start. This hasn’t been written very often but it was more than evident on Sunday night. If this wasn’t the Blackhawks’ best opening period of the season it was pretty close, as they broke out to a 2-0 lead against the Canucks. The Blackhawks, outside of a 3 ½-minute sequence without a shot on goal, were tenacious and ready to shoot, taking an 18-9 shots-on-goal edge in that first.

3. Corey Crawford rebounds. Quenneville considered Scott Darling for this game, an understandable thought with Darling coming off a 30-stop shutout. But he wanted Crawford to get back to where he was prior to his appendectomy, and Crawford took a step in that direction on Sunday night. In stopping 25 of 27 shots Crawford got his 18th victory of the season and 200th of his career. Quenneville said Crawford “looked like he was in control.”

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4. Michal Kempny’s tough stretch. When Kempny has been good this season he’s been very good. When he’s been bad... The defenseman was in the penalty box when the Canucks scored their first goal and he was beaten by Bo Horvat on the Canucks’ second goal. Kempny didn’t play the final 14 minutes of the game. Quenneville, who liked what Kempny brought on the team’s road trip, said Kempny just has to work through some things. “Coverage with awareness and knowing sometimes it’s man coverage, sometimes it’s playing the puck and clearing the loose stuff,” Quenneville said. “Defenseman is a tough position as you’re growing and learning it, but the more you play the better you play and I still think he’s making progress.”

5. Brian Campbell gets to keep No. 500 this time. Campbell thought he had his 500th point against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night but it was taken away. Well he got it back on Sunday night, setting up Richard Panik’s 11th goal of the season in the first period.