Life in the non-stop three-65 world of Chicago Blackhawks hockey is starting to pay dividends. The 6th Annual Chicago Blackhawks Convention is well underway. And there, buried amidst the cloying feelgood vibes of the attendees are the embers of the non-stop turf war between head coach and general manager.
It took less than 24 hours after the announcement of Joel Quenneville’s 3-year contract extension for the flames to reemerge.
Now, The Moose is not saying this power struggle is detrimental. Far from it, actually, as the convention is celebrating the second Stanley Cup in 4 years. And in the rarified realm of such a world class organization, alpha males will butt heads. C’est la vie.
The apex of this conflict had to be Quenneville hiring Jamie Kompon to start the 2013 season. We know Kompon’s dubious track record, so we’ll let that go for now. What’s important to note is that Stan Bowman gave “Q” enough rope to hang himself and Quenneville turned in one of the best coaching performances of his career.
Awash with clout and a contract which runs longer than his boss’s, the coach took to talking about the long-standing hole at center on the second line.
According to Brian Hedger via his Twitter account, Quenneville favors converting Brandon Saad to fill the void. Quenneville only mentioned Brandon Pirri and Drew LeBlanc when pressed. This is in stark contrast to the wishes of Bowman who wants to promote Pirri to play the pivot. To further muddy the waters, Quenneville mentioned Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger and Michael Handzus as contenders.
It would seem Pirri is the most qualified. He just won the John B. Sollenberger Trophy as the leading scorer in the American Hockey League for the 2012-13 campaign. He did this as a 22-year old, something quite rare. Also, Jimmy Hayes was moved from wing to center to add depth to a franchise deficient regarding pivots. LeBlanc was the Hobey Baker Award recipient from St. Cloud State, a key cog in the Huskies first ever appearance in the Frozen Four.
In other words, The Moose thinks it ridiculous to move a burgeoning power forward from wing to center with numerous sensible alternatives.
Trying to pin down a straight answer?
That dog won’t hunt, Monsignor
For those thinking of buying the ice from this season, good for you. You are a tool. If you are looking for great ways to waste money, you could 1] use it to light a cigar, 2] literally wipe your ass on Ben Franklin’s face or 3] get a tote bag from PBS.
And there’s no need to tell us who you are. We’ll know by the fact that you wear a helmet and have your mittens pinned to your jacket. Congratulations for standing in direct defiance of Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection.
… and here’s the inspiration: