Is Thursday's Blackhawks-Blue Jackets matchup a must-win game?
Truthfully, is ANY game "must-win" for a Blackhawks team that is being called a "dynasty" after two Stanley Cups in four seasons?
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer scoffs at the idea that the Blackhawks have a "must-win" game at this point in the season, but admits it's an easy trap to fall into.
Hoyer, who was one of the architects of the Red Sox championship teams in 2004 and '07, joined the Kap and Haugh show Thursday morning.
"Actually, I remember, though, feeling like we had a lot of those must-wins in '08 and '09 with the Red Sox after we had two World Series," Hoyer said. "You felt it for yourself in the front office, like this is a really important game.
"I think that's where the players are always much better than the front office or the media or fans, because I think they realize they'll be fine. The players always panic less than anyone and that's always a good thing."
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Hoyer laughed with Kap and Haugh about the mindset of Blackhawks fans in town, who have already seen their team win a pair of Cups since 2010, but yet live and die with every regular season game. Hoyer saw the same expectations in Boston.
"I remember, before we won the World Series in '04, people always said 'oh, if the Red Sox ever win one title, I'd never complain again. I'd be happy forever,'" Hoyer said. "And then in the middle of '05, we were struggling and people were yelling at us.
"That's the nature of the beast. People care so deeply about teams and the Blackhawks are one of them. It's a good thing that fans care that much, but the whole idea people aren't going to complain because they won a couple titles is unrealistic."
Well said, Jed.