Thursday, October 10, 2002

It's hockey season!

Yes, the NHL started its season last night with 3 games. Tonight the Blackhawks open their season in Columbus against the Blue Jackets. The Hawks had a great season (well, relatively speaking) last year, but I don't see that progress continuing this season. First, they lost Tony Amonte to Phoenix. They haven't replaced him. Granted, they got Theo Fleury (more on him later), but he's not a replacement for Amonte. Phil Housely had a great year, but what is he now, 38? How many years does he have left, and is this season going to be the start of his decline? Additionally, the Blackhawks are starting the season without 2 key players. Eric Daze recently had back surgery, and will be out for at least another 3 weeks. He had a great season last year, and I'm sure they were hoping for more improvement, especially after losing Amonte. Earlier this week the NHL announced in indefinite suspension of Theo Fleury for violating the aftercare portion of the NHL's substance abuse program. I wish the best for him in dealing with his problems. But his absense will be felt. I predict that the Blackhawks will struggle to make the playoffs this season. If they do make it, it will be in 7th or 8th place.

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