Bowman, Hawks should be united in seeking center

Stan Bowman will attend his first NHL general managers meeting this week in Toronto as the Blackhawks’ GM. The groundwork for trades often is created at the meeting, but after the Hawks went 8-4-1 in October, it didn’t seem Bowman would be very interested in tweaking his roster.But after two road losses in November, during which the Hawks will play eight road games, things might be different. The Hawks have a potential problem that won’t be fixed by waiting for center Jonathan Toews and wingers Ben Eager and Marian Hossa to return from injuries.

Dave Bolland, the second-line center who helps the club in many ways, has a nagging back problem that is being closely watched. Last year, Bolland’s first full season in the NHL, it hardly was noticeable; he played in 81 regular-season games and all 17 playoff games.

Then something happened. Coach Joel Quenneville said there was ”no defining blow,” but Bolland’s back wasn’t right before training camp started. The club even kept him out of a golf outing a week before camp.

Bolland was off the ice for much of camp. On Oct. 8, he was held out of a game at Detroit, and Quenneville has given Bolland frequent days off from practice. He still had to miss the 4-3 shootout loss Friday at Colorado.,CST-SPT-ziehm08.article