Over the years, we've learned to never underestimate the Chicago Blackhawks. They are one of those hockey clubs where if they can get in, they can win.
You can always count on GM Stan Bowman to be thirsty for another Stanley Cup, and this season is no exception.
While February has been rather uneventful, thus far, we could still see some significant trade action within the next couple weeks. Although, Bowman is standing firm with where his club is at now.
The Hawks are determined to make their run for the Cup this year without adding any rentals, and Bowman has made it clear that that is no reflection of the competitiveness of this team.
In an interview with TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, Bowman pointed to several recent Cup winners, who didn't add any big names at the trade deadline.
"There's this myth that you have to make a big acquisition or else you're not trying to win. I think that's just a fallacy," Bowman told LeBrun. "If you don't make one, it doesn't mean you don't want to win. It just means that it wasn't the right situation for a variety of reasons. It could be that you think the available players won't make much of an impact. It could be that the price you have to pay is too high. It could be that you can't afford it with your cap situation. It could be that adding a new player is not easy, chemistry-wise. Trying to find minutes for a significant player sounds easy, but it might upset the rhythm of your team that's been together 60 games. So there's a lot of reasons why it doesn't make sense -- just like in some instances it certainly does make sense.
"We're trying to win the Cup this year, absolutely, but it's not predicated upon a rental. So I think that narrative is just false."
The Western Conference is anyone's show at this point. There while Chicago currently sits second in the conference, things could change swiftly. Minnesota has had a phenomenal year, as well as San Jose, and we'll see if Anaheim can hit their stride of consistency.
While the competition is alive and well, Bowman certainly does not think what is available would or could give them an upper hand, so don't count on much movement on that bench come March 1st.