Posted by TheHockeyGuy on 3rd March 2010
Patrick Sharp summed up the feeling in the Blackhawks’ locker room best.
”We’re sick of practicing, and we’re ready to play some games,” Sharp said Monday before the team departed for New York, where they face the Islanders tonight.
”It’s been a long time since our last game, and we’ve done just about everything you can do at practice. The guys here are ready. We’re looking forward to meeting up with our Olympians in New York and putting the team back together.”
The road ahead of them? Twenty-one games against some of the NHL’s best teams, including the Washington Capitals. So there’s a lot to digest before the Hawks begin the postseason. Here are some things to keep an eye on:
Everything starts with the trade deadline, which is 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Hawks need to shed salaries for next season while maintaining most of the roster for a playoff run this year.
Hawks general manager Stan Bowman has made one move that accomplished that, sending defenseman Cam Barker and his $3 million-plus cap hit to the Minnesota Wild for veteran Kim Johnsson, whose contract expires at the end of the season, and prospect Nick Leddy. It was viewed as a win-win for both teams.
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