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Stan Bowman doesn’t like what he sees. But, at least for the moment, the Blackhawks’ general manager said there’s nothing he can do about it.
Before his team extended its losing streak to a season-high five games with a 3-1 loss Friday to the Calgary Flames, Bowman told reporters that he is in regular contact with GMs across the league but he can’t find any sellers.
In spite of the Hawks’ second losing streak of at least four games in a month, Bowman pointed to the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins as examples of teams with talent and depth who rebounded from terrible starts with what they had.
“There’s stretches for each team where they don’t like what they see,” Bowman said. “The good teams are the ones that get themselves out of it. Now is the time to rely on the leadership — both in the coaching and from the guys in the locker room — and we expect a nice rebound.”
In order for that to happen, the Hawks are going to have to improve in their end. Only the league-worst Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed more goals in the Western Conference.
“Our players have to execute better in that department,” Bowman said. “We’ve just got to get a little bit of pride back in terms of defending.”