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Bowman: Hawks improving, enough for second Cup?

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Bowman: Hawks improving, enough for second Cup?

Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010
10:16 a.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

LOS ANGELES The Chicago Blackhawks didnt get the start that general manager Stan Bowman was hoping for, but Bowman said hes liked what hes seen from the team in recent weeks.

Speaking prior to the Blackhawks 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, Bowman said the team is finding its identity.

Obviously we were hoping to be better at this time of the year. But Ive seen signs over the last couple of weeks, Bowman said. I think over the long haul, when we play the way we want to play -- control the game and limiting opponents chances -- the results are going to come. We are playing better.

The Blackhawks have gotten better results lately, including that victory over the Kings that gave them a 4-2-0 mark on their annual circus trip. Here are Bowmans thoughts on other subjects regarding the Blackhawks:

If theres a timetable on making a move if the Blackhawks remain near .500:
I dont know if you can put a timetable on it. I like the way that weve responded in terms of our style of play over the last few weeks. Obviously there are some very good players. Even the new players weve brought in are very good; some have probably exceeded expectations, truthfully. Its really just getting this team to create its own identity. Its starting to happen. I see the signs of that.

If this team has enough to win another Cup:
Thats a tough question to answer. I dont think personnel so much wins championships. Obviously you have to have players. But you have to come together as a team and play the right way. Look at standings. Its a very competitive league, especially in the West. Theres a very fine line between winning and losing games. The first 20 games we had a bunch of one-goal games. We lost some games we probably should have won and won some maybe we didnt deserve to. I certainly believe in our players and our experience and the fact that theyve gone through situations, adversity in the past. Now is the time when you have to rely on them to draw upon that.

On Corey Crawfords progress this season:
Coreys a guy that, I would say Im surprised but, with young players like that you give them the opportunity and they have to take it when theyre given it. His play will dictate how much he plays. He understands the situation hes in, he wants an opportunity to prove himself and hes very confident. Its a different look for him. Hes always been the guy whos played a majority (in Rockford). You dont want to load too much on a guy whos getting used to NHL. It is a long season. We dont want to burn either (Crawford or Marty Turco) out.
On whether or not the salary cap dictates who gets called up from Rockford:
Thats not an issue right now. We have cap space. Weve been fortunate recently that we havent had injuries. Were comfortable with the guys that have been playing. We can bring a guy up tomorrow if we want to; its not a salary cap issue.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Tracey Myers and Pat Boyle discuss Nick Schmaltz returning to the Blackhawks line-up on Wednesday night and which player is looking forward most to his return?

They also weigh in on Corey Crawford’s incredible start to the season and why he’s the major reason why the Hawks begin the week in first place in the Central.

They also discuss who is the biggest Hawks rivalry right now, which new defenseman has impressed the most and how is Connor Murphy dealing with being a healthy scratch at times this season?

Plus, they discuss someone other than Nick Schmaltz returning to work on Wednesday night.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

Eddie Olczyk expected to return to the booth this week

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Eddie Olczyk expected to return to the booth this week

Eddie Olczyk will return to the broadcast booth for Wednesday's Blackhawks-Blues game, according to USA Today's Kevin Allen

The news comes six weeks after the Chicago legend began chemotherapy for colon cancer. And although he made a brief, emotional return on Oct. 7 -- putting on the headset to join Pat Foley for a moment during intermission -- he will provide color commentary for the entire game on Wednesday. He'll call the rivalry matchup alongside Doc Emrick on NBCSN. 

Olczyk, who grew up in Palos Heights and attended Brother Rice, will take the mic again the following night as the Blackhawks welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the United Center. As for the rest of the season, he plans to work when his health allows. 

“We have some dates that we have highlighted and hopefully I will be strong to do the job,” Olczyk told USA Today. “If I am not feeling good, I just have to be honest with everyone and tell them I can’t do it.”

It'll be nice to see Edzo back at work, providing dynamite analysis and passing along tips to all those young hockey players out there.