It was a bad night for the Blackhawks on Monday - maybe the low point of the season.
In a game the 11th-place Hawks themselves knew was critical, only a few of them came to play in a 3-1 loss to the Flames.
Frustrations are boiling over everywhere. Fed up fans lit up the chat rooms and Twitter with trade suggestions for general manager Stan Bowman, but the loudest voice came from Calgary where Hawks all-star defenseman Duncan Keith let it rip following the loss when asked by ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers about the power play going 0-for-4.
"(Bleep) the power play," Keith told ESPN. "Nobody goes to the net to score goals. That's why we don't win. The other team had power plays too. They didn't score."
Keith could be talking about any of his teammates who play forward, with the exception of Jonathan Toews. There are plenty of candidates.
This from Keith goes back to the point many of us have been making all season: The Hawks are too soft and don't have enough players who play with an edge. The sandpaper guys who played with jam a year ago are all gone, and they haven't been replaced.
Tomas Kopecky, Jack Skille, Viktor Stalberg, Jake Dowell, Fernando Pisani and even Bryan Bickell have been given chance after chance and haven't been physical enough or consistent enough with their offensive contributions.
The trade deadline is three weeks from Monday, but Bowman might need to do something sooner than later to shake up his roster.
We’re not talking about a blockbuster, because that’s simply not going to happen. But adding the right one or two pieces could be the jolt this reeling team needs, whether it’s a depth defenseman or a top-nine veteran forward who plays with some jam.
Bowman is on the clock because time is slipping away.