Jan 12, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) is congratulated by right wing Marian Hossa (81) and left wing Patrick Sharp (10) for scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chicago Blackhawks hurt most by Winter Olympics

The Chicago Blackhawks are the reigning Stanley Cup champions after they dispatched the Boston Bruins in the Cup Final last season and as a result of having a roster littered with star talent, those players have been chosen to represent their home country’s in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

However, that may not necessarily be a good thing according to Jim Jamieson, the Hawks could experience a post-Olympic swoon as a result of the extra workload.

The Blackhawks have 10 players headed to the winter games representing the United States, Canada, Sweden and the Czech Republic. Each of these four teams have a great chance to be palying very deep in the games which run from Feb. 8-23.

The longer these players are playing, the more minutes and wear and tear these players endure which would result in players performing at less-than-peak levels post-Olympics when teams are making a playoff push.

“The gruelling travel and short tournament will take more of a toll on older players. It’s obvious that the more miles a player has on his odometer makes it more difficult to recover.”

The Blackhawks find themselves in a dogfight with the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues for the top spot in the Western Conference who have seven and 10 players headed to Sochi, respectively, so while Olympic hockey is one of the main attractions, it could ultimately impact the NHL playoffs and who raised Lord Stanley’s Cup in the spring of 2014.

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  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    That’s why it’s imperative, in my opinion, that Perri, Morin, and the Finish phenom..his last name begins with the letter T (sorry on the point for not being able to spell his name) be brought up 2get battle ready-tested, which will also alleviate some concern for the core players of our Hawks. Albeit, it’s a collective team effort but limiting ice time for certain players, the operative words being minimizing ice time, will afford those core players to re-energize while also getting the aforementioned players battle-ready and tested. But, I’m just an avid fan so what do I know! Hopefully, the Hawks decision makers will make sound decisions as 2ensure the core players are not burned-out come playoff time…just saying!

    • http://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/patrickschmidt/feed/ Patrick Schmidt

      I know the finish phenom you speak of and his name is Teuvo Teravainen. I’m not sure if we’ll see him up this year or not. He’s still only 18 years old, but ESPN recently tabbed him as the No. 4 prospect in the game, so it’s only a matter of time.