Hawks Headlines: Are Enforcers Necessary in Today’s NHL?

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In this edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at one columnist’s take on the future of enforcer’s in the NHL, what will happen to the team in the post-Nick Leddy era, and how Corey Crawford and Patrick Kane helped the Blackhawks to their first win of the season.

-We start with Steve Rosenbloom, who has been a columnist in Chicago for a very long time. He weighed in with an interesting piece on what Daniel Carcillo brings (and specifically, doesn’t bring) to the table for the Hawks, and argued that the Hawks don’t need an enforcer in their lineup. [Chicago Tribune]

-Jay Zawaski checks in with a fundamental question that the Hawks need to answer: who is going to replace Nick Leddy as a reliable third-pairing defenseman on this team? Thursday night’s game didn’t exactly provide much clarity, so we’re assuming the jury is still out on this topic. [CBS Chicago]

-There is little doubt on who the best player on the ice was on Thursday for the Hawks, as Corey Crawford made 32 saves in the winning effort. Tracey Myers breaks it down. [CSN Chicago]

-Speaking of players who made a big impact, Patrick Kane seemed to enjoy his reunion with Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell in the third period of the game. Mark Lazerus spoke to Kane after the game. [Chicago Sun-Times]

-The Chicago Bulls recently got a new practice facility next to the United Center, and Mike Spellman has a question: where are the Hawks’ new digs? [Daily Herald]

-Finally, the NHL saw some interesting developments in its TV coverage on Wednesday as Sportsnet experimented with cameras on the helmets of referees. Talk about a cool experience. [NHL.com]

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