Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman

Your key to the Blackhawks project this weekend: It does not matter.

Not for this team. Not now. No, if they prepare an opponent’s defense project, choosing it from the first round.

Yes, the Hawkers need defenders who can take shelter from team albatrosses such as Brent Seabrook, as well as the inexplicable distaste of a coach like Stanley Cup winner Michael Kempny, apparently yes, and if it was the NFL, you’d need a starter . It is expected to be completed with the eighth general sketch, as Bears did with linebacker Rohane Smith in the same place, but that’s not the point, especially when it comes to defensive players, so do not look at it this way, because whoever gets developed will be here for several years and this need may change through the trade or development of other players who were called, yes, a few years ago.

However, a free agency matters. This can fix many of Hawks’ problems if they win John Carlson of Washington, who defended the season defenders in the regular season and the Stanley Cup playoffs. When you take into account that the Jastrzeb offensive begins with their defenses, Carlson is the prize.

First, trade exchange guarantees the player that Hawks is willing, instead of the whims of free aggression bidding in the hard league, even if Hawks can spend millions more than in recent years.

Second, urgency. The Hawks have experienced the first round of playoff playoffs in 2016 and 17, and then left the postseason in the 18th. They have not won the Stanley Cup since 2015, which is a lifetime series that advertised as “One Goal.”

Thirdly, “one goal” is still the only goal. The Hawks remain in the championship window with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith, barely visible. Regardless of the increase we’ve seen from Nick Schmaltz, Alex DeBrincat and Vinnie Hinostroz, along with what should be a better offensive opportunity for defender Gustav Forsling, hel-LO, Joel Quenneville, the fate of Hawks begins with three guys with three rings a piece.

So if you’re Bowman, and your owner says something like that, you can worry about your job. I do not say he does it, and he does. But he could. In fact, he could have worried about his job so much that he could trade a No. 8 tradesman who helps a lot in need. In hockey jargon it is a checking strategy that does not absolve the Wirtz from the chair.

Of course, Quenneville will still have to play the guy and play the guy in the right places, which is always a problem, but his job is there too, so you’d think everyone would understand the subject of the exercise.

But here is something, a caveat, maybe lead buried: goalkeeper Corey Crawford. None of the above spitballing that the so-called contender for the actual challenger does not matter if this long, mysterious lack of information about Crawford proves to be hockey kabuki, intended to hide the ending career of the problem, until the Hawks somehow get number 1 goalkeeper .

It is not that Crawford is the only goalkeeper able to fill Hawks’ hollow, but the backup parade last season did not give an answer. Hawks need Crawford, who wore them for the first few months last season, or must take someone who is able to play this way – maybe this is the place where number 8 is chosen – or they can make the Wirtz get out of chairs for thanksgiving.

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