The Blackhawks have so many terrific pieces in place for a long run as one of the NHL's elite team.
But for anyone who dreams of the day when the commissioner places the Stanley Cup into the arms of captain Jonathan Toews, I have one question: When you have that dream, who is the goalie?
Following Sunday's embarrassing 6-1 loss to the Red Wings at the United Center, the Hawks are one more loss away from what should be an interesting off-season.
Maybe the biggest question of all is what does GM Dale Tallon do in goal? Cristobal Huet is signed for three more years at $5 million-plus while Nikolai Khabibulin will be an unrestricted free agent.
Based on that contract, Huet would seem to be the No. 1 guy for next season, but do the Hawks really know if he can get te job done? I think they should have some serious reservations.
In fairness to Huet, his start Sunday in Game 4 was his first since early April, but the bottom line is he wasn't very good in such a critical setting. Watch again the goals he allowed. Awful.
Maybe this isn't the time to start thinking about the goalie situation for next year. I'm just saying it should be a concern. A big concern for Tallon and his staff.