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December 29, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Jesse Rogers

ESPNChicago.com
  (2:04 PM)

Hi everyone. Jesse will be along shortly. Coach Q is meeting with the media right now so hopefully Jesse will have a Toews update. Stay tuned.

Jesse Rogers
  (2:19 PM)

Hey all. Thanks for being patient. Busy day obviously. Great news on Toews. Mentioned earlier today is was not serious and Q just announced it will be 2 weeks...Turco will start tomorrow...pisani doubtful...expect johnson back in the lineup...and they stunk last night...lets start talking hawks!

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Will the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh be Cancelled?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:20 PM)

No way. Will play sunday or move to a night game or do whatever they have to, to play...if they cant go sat

Jason (Chicago)

Do you agree with the lines that Q has been putting out lately, mainly the continued play of Scott and the healthy scratching of "faceoff master" Johnson. Also why does Q believe Kopeckey is a center when clearly he's not?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:21 PM)

I dont mind Scott playing at all..this is not a physcial team and he provides a boost with his fighting, etc. Hes been decent as a 4th liner..Q in a tough spot...his best players are at wing but he needs centerman...johnson will go back in now that toews is out...

Jen (Rockford)

So last night would have been an excellent time for Duncan Keith to step it up and exhibit some leadership in Toews' absence but instead he played sloppy and took a selfish penalty on top of it. Any chance Q would consider relieving him of the "A" until he gets his head clear and gets back to playing his usual game?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:22 PM)

Um, no. Not how it works..he'd have to do something off the ice really bad to lose the "A". he wasnt the only one that played poorly...by the way without toews, someone else will wear an "A"..(not the "C")..i say hossa

John B (East Moline, IL)

What do you see is the purpose of playing Scott when other teams continue to take runs at our stars? Toews injury is just another example of a borderline dirty, illegal hit that may keep him out for over a month. Scott obviously is not understanding his role as an enforcer.

Jesse Rogers
  (2:24 PM)

I dont know if thats true...he fights anyone that comes his way...the hit wasnt bad..no one on hawks complained and they would..why do we need retaliation on a hit that causes an injury all the time? If it as real dirty, maybe. I didnt see it that way

Svetlana (Hinsdale, Illinois)

Do you believe the Blackhawks' lines work as well together this year as they did last year?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:24 PM)

No of course not but they have found some chemistry..that 3rd line with pisani, bolland, bickell is good...hossa/kopy pretty good...still working on it..but you know what, last yr it didnt all come together till late either...

dan (texas)

Jesse-I know we dismantled our team in the offseason-but do you think we have a shot at defending our title this year?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:25 PM)

A shot? yes. Realistic? will be tough. very tough.

Addison (Hanover Park, IL)

Any chance we see Q finally realize that Kopecky should not be playing as many minutes as he has? Also what do you think of playing Bolland as the 2nd line center and let Dowell/Johnson take the 3/4 center roles? I think this maximizes the potential on the top 2 lines and the bottom 6 forwards can still be fairly balanced. Thanks!

Jesse Rogers
  (2:26 PM)

Dont think there is any doubt that will happen...sharp/bolland/dowell/johnson....unless they are desperate for bolland to stay on 3rd line..then it might change but i think thats the way it has to go..dowell is the key and hes been good

Kevin (San Diego)

Why is it that nobody in the media, including yourself, mention how poorly the Hawks play offensively when Turco is in the net? It seems they are so concerned with how many goals he might allow they they are never on top of their game. This isn't a one-time occurrence, either. Thoughts?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:27 PM)

Well, I dont know about soley on offense..they do SEEM to play worse in general when he is in there but its a tough thing to define..they played great sunday with him....I do believe over time guys like he and huet make the defense a little nervous because they (the goalies) dont bail them out as much (like boynton last night) so its a self fullfiling prohency in a way, if that makes sense

Derek (San Diego)

How did it affect the salary cap when Kane and Hossa were out of the lineup and on IR?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:29 PM)

Does not affect tha cap one bit. their salaries still count. the ONLY affect anything has on the cap is if a player is put on long term IR (min 10 games i believe) and the team is up against the cap..they can replace that player with another with similiar salary even if they go over the cap...the short term stuff has no affect..they get no relief. it all counts

Ned (The Loop)

Where are you, Niemi, and Zito having lunch tomorrow? Just kidding. But seriously, I think with Turco's rebound the last week and Niemi's less than steller play the entire season you can stop the tweets about subpar goaltending from here on out. The D and injurys are going to determine how far this team goes.

Jesse Rogers
  (2:32 PM)

Sounds like a deal. Lets just hope niemi doesnt go 3-0 against the hawks tomorrow. And Gibsons by the way

Jen (Rockford)

Two games with two solid showings from Marty; who gets the net when Crawford is completely healthy again?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:33 PM)

Good question..been debating that with media brethren...prob Crawford but you never know..if turco wins again and looks great in doing so then maybe he keeps going..I still think Craw is the starter but Turco gets that "hot hand" treatment for now

Joe Koperski (Lisle)

Jesse, huge fan, hope you had a great Christmas. The Hawks last night didn't look like the same team we have seen recently. Why is that, what is going on with them, just when we think they are ready to break out on a roll they step back

Jesse Rogers
  (2:34 PM)

Hard to know...I eve nasked guys today...when you know you are bad from the get-go and you still have plenty of the game to recover PLUS two intermissions PLUS you are actually leading, why not start competing...the answer I got was "If we knew we'd all be coaching". so who knows..the key is u limit this to one game....then you win 3 or 4 more and keep going

Lord Stanley (With the guy with the white gloves)

Hey Jesse, i am a huge fan,where do you see my cup heading in june? any chance it will be back in chicago?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:35 PM)

I picked Pens over hawks this yr...same pick as last yr so Ill stick with it...i dont care if vancouver wins the presidents trophy by 20 pts, Ill never pick them

Steve (St. Louis)

Worst effort of the year, last night or that first home game against Edmonton?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:36 PM)

HMMM...prob rank them edmonton, calgary, then this one

Steve (St. Louis)

Boynton regularly makes very bad mistakes in his own end, last night included. Is Hendry really that much worse of an option back there?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:38 PM)

Good question..that was a killer..asked him about it today..simply said "I cant do that." it was a killer because when you are playing like crap but leading, its only a matter of time the other team gets frustrated cause they know they should be winning and then THEY get out of their game and it changes and you win one you shouldnt..BUT when they tie it up like that it gives them confidence to just keep doing the same thing...This is one I plead ignorance on...I have asked many and I cant get a good answer on why boynton over hendry EVERY GAME

Virg S. (South Elgin)

Any word on the seriousness of Jeremy Morin's injury?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:40 PM)

Not serious but i dont know how long...

Grant (Wheaton)

When is the last time the defending Stanley Cup champions missed the playoffs the following year?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:41 PM)

carolina after they won in 2006 so not that long ago. I dont think it will happen here...they really only have to beat out one,maybe two teams ...edm, calgary,minny,anahiem,columbus, all out...in my opinion

Jesse Rogers
  (2:42 PM)

Or at least the hawks are clearly better than those teams

Matt S (Chicago)

Jessie-How long do you think it will take for the Hawks to get EVERYBODY back on the same page now that they have Hossa and Kane back? Is this going to be an easy adjustment?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:41 PM)

with toews out, it presents a new challenege..every team deals with it...they will adjust...cant tell you how long..

Matt S (Chicago)

Does Crawford have what it takes to become a top notch goalie in the NHL?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:42 PM)

I think so. Big goalies are in right now...with inability to clear out the slot like the old days you need size to let pucks just hit ya when you dont see them...small goalies are in trouble..

Mike (Lincoln Park)

Any truth to the rumors that the Salary Cap is going up? If so do you think this is how the keep Seabrook on the team?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:44 PM)

I think there is truth but not 100% sure..I think they keep him either way

Mike (Lincoln Park)

Is Huet still collecting a Blackhawks paycheck?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:43 PM)

Yes.

SUE (WISCONSIN)

Can you explain why the Blackhawks did so well without Patrick Kane and the first game he plays in they get totally busted? Sure Patrick can shoot but is he truly a team player?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:44 PM)

I cant but if you are suggesting you dont want a point per game player in the lineup than go for it!

Mike (Lincoln Park)

What deserving Blackhawks would you name to the All-Star team this season?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:45 PM)

Toews, Sharp...prob about it

Mike (Lincoln Park)

It seems to me that Nick Boynton is not working this year... can you see the team waiving him and who in the Hawks system could serve as a better replacement?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:45 PM)

Dont know about waiving him..d-men are too valuable, even if hes just a body...I do see leddy here in the new year so that will cause some changes

Ryan (Barrie, Canada)

2 part question jess,with Toews going down last night it is very apprent that the hawks lack depth at center(long term anyway) not only for scoring but to play both ways like johnny does is it time the hawks maybe look very serious at their depth in the middle?and do you know when the hawks are going to be visiting the white house?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:47 PM)

Hard to find centers..they picked up johnson off the scrap heap...maybe closer to the deadline..they did get paulson a couple of years ago..wait till feb. is my guess...they are going either friday or sat before they play wash in march..whatever that date is

Grant (Wheaton)

Were you surprised the Hawks did not retaliate when Toews went down?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:47 PM)

That question got asked a little today..I dont know..it was just a check..not some dirty run at a player but I realize in the NHL anytime a star gets hit there is supposed to be retailiation..wining the game would have been enough for me..but i understand some dont like it...diff story if its dirty

Robin (Chicago)

Assuming Toews is out for a stretch of time, who do you think will be most looked to to provide the missing leadership? Who should wear the other A?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:50 PM)

Like I said i think Hossa gets it...prob not seabs since hes paired with a guy with a letter...no one else makes sense..maybe soup...could be seabs...dont worry too much about that unless that get into a losing skid..then you might need captain johnny to the rescue!

Tim (Portage Park)

Any word on what exactly toews hurt?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:50 PM)

Pretty sure right shoulder as first assumed,,have not heard different

Ed Koperski (Tucson)

So who gets called up for Toew's spot?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:51 PM)

Probably no one...they have 23 on the roster..johnson will go in

cris (new haven)

Hey Jesse. The rookies on the Hawks like Crawford, Bickell, and Skille, have really been stepping it up lately. Where do you rank them amongst some of the other rookies in the league?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:52 PM)

Bickell and Crawford are up there..not many rookies have 10 and 10 like bickell...though he only ranks 7th in scoring..its a nice little combo game he has going....not a ton of rookie goalies out there having good yrs so craw sticks out...those guys have not been the issue

Mike (Lincoln Park)

Hawks are making the road trip w/the Moms this weekend how do you think that will effect their play?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:53 PM)

Yeah, maybe play better...who doesnt mind their P's and Q's with mom around..if im a hockey player do i give my mom my credit card and say go have at it on Rodeo Drive? I guess if Im hossa i might or campbell

Peter (Rockford)

Jesse, do you think the Pisani-Bolland-Bickell line is here to stay once Pisani gets healthy? Playing with Pisani seems to bring the best out of Bolland, and Bolland is a big key to this team being successful. I believe we're 10-1 when he gets on the scoresheet.

Jesse Rogers
  (2:54 PM)

Yes, I thnk thats the Bolland/Ladd/steeg line of a yr ago...prob not as much offense but with the way bickell is playing its just enough

Michael (Chicago)

What do you expect life without Toews for the next 2 weeks to be like?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:55 PM)

It will be toughest in the smallest of ways...faceoffs is a great example..we wont notice his loss there until a goal is scored off one or the hawkjs are chasing the puck casue of it..he does so many small things they add up to big ones eventually...2 weeks not that long though

Mike (Lincoln Park)

Do you see the Hawks replacing Boynton and Cullimore anytime soon with younger D-Men in the system?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:55 PM)

Like I wrote I think leddy comes up at some point in 2nd half

matt (chi)

where does towes rank among the best players in the game

Jesse Rogers
  (2:57 PM)

Top 5..but not 1 or 2

Lorielee (Westmont)

Call me an idiot for being too positive but a.) Turco has been great b.) Tazer's injury could have been worse (because that fall looked nasty) c.) The Hawks this season usually rebound after awful losses well. Do you agree?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:58 PM)

yes, for the most part...they are 0-2 against SJ so a win would be nice

Rich (Chicago)

Who do you think will be the next Hawk to have his jersey retired?

Jesse Rogers
  (2:58 PM)

19..mahybe 2 since hes older but 19 for sure

Adam (Chicago)

The defense has been awful the majority of the year. Can any of this be attributed to Torchetti leaving? Didn't he handle the D? I find that easier to believe than the "Keith is tired" song and dance.

Jesse Rogers
  (3:00 PM)

He did not handle the D..its not that...its maintaing such a high level but I also think they are a but overrated

Zeke (Arlington Hts.)

Is Scott on this team to fight the other team's heavy weight? The Hawks needed him (or someone) to step up last night and send a message that if guys like Toews and Keith get run, you will pay a price. Explain to me what value Scott has if not sticking up for his teamates?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:01 PM)

My god, the guy went 2 minutes with cam janssen, has beaten anyone that has come his way and IF the hit was dirty i think he would have..enough about scott!

Jay (Chicago)

I don't know that "just" two weeks is all that great. The Hawks are dropping like flies. Is this at all attributed to a summer spent in bars and TV studios and not in the gym?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:02 PM)

People, be happy..TJ Oshie has been missing for months and they were thrilled yesterday when annoucned he'd be back in late JANUARY...this is all part of the game...are they having more than usual? maybe, but none have been really long term so it evens out...

DAVEbhf (Sugar Grove)

Any chance of catching Detroit? With the extra 5 game losses we have?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:03 PM)

Im going to say no...its not about them...its about being the best and most dangerous 5-8 seed going into the playoffs.

Jorge (North Side)

Jesse, Why did they scratch Ryan Johnson? He brings exactly what this team was missing for the first quarter: defense, grit, faceoff wins, shotblocking, etc. Why Stalberg over him? You need these glue guys in the lineup especially against a gritty team like the Blues.

Jesse Rogers
  (3:04 PM)

I think its a good point...like I said, they;re best players are at wing so it causes a dilemna for Q but I dont disagree stalberg could have kept sitting..anyway, johnson back in there but for Toews. ouch.

Mike (Lincoln Park)

I know what the standing look like and currently the Hawks are sitting 8th in the conference. Standings aside when the Hawks are all healthy where do you rank them in the Western Conference?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:04 PM)

No better than 5 i beleive

Mike (Lincoln Park)

Any chance of any of the Hawks coaches seats getting hot?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:05 PM)

Seriously? Please be kidding.

Paul (Chicago)

Jesse, what a disappointing game last night considering how well the team had been playing. Turnovers, lack of physical play and an all around lack of hustle to get to loose pucks really implied that the Blues wanted the game more than the Hawks. What's it going to take to get this team to bring it every night?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:07 PM)

Hard to know. Playoffs maybe? The yr after a cup is a strange one..there simply is not the same motivation UNTIL THE PLAYOFFS STARTS..then you get that tase that you want to repeat and show the world youre a dynasty or whatever...until then, its about getting it and peaking at righ time so dont sweat too much unless they really drop in standings..

Chris (Chicago)

Are you a fan of the 24/7 Pens - Caps show? Think the hawks would make a good candidate for a show like that?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:07 PM)

Would have loved to have the camera on Buff 24/7 last yr. I know he wouldnt tone it down for them...but yeah, the hawks would be good

Chris (Chicago)

If Toews is out for a couple games, any chance Bolland moves to top line center and Johnson enters in as the defensive type line with Bickell and hopefully Pisani?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:08 PM)

Doubt it. Sharp the guy there

John (Midway)

Jesse, I am not a fan of Turco at all, but I have to admit that, in my opinion, he played very well the last two games. Please bring me off the ledge and tell me that Crawford will start in goal for most of the remainder of the season. Thoughts?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:09 PM)

Pretty sure its still crawford but the point is if it ends up being Turco its because hes earned it back so you shouldnt be upset..they have passed the point of just handing him the job...

Matt S (Chicago)

I believe that Kaner is one of the most talented players in all of hockey. In fact, he is so talented that TALENT alone has taken him all the way to the NHL. I'm not saying he doesn't train at all but I feel that his work ethic is not 110% off the ice. If Kaner had the same attitude as "Captain Serious" how good do you think this kid could be?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:11 PM)

Well, its hard to know...each player is different..maybe Kane's persoanlity is also a reason for his success..heres the thing..yes, he is a party guy but there are enough hours in the day for both. I know he LOVES the game..and if you go back to a couple of offseasons..he made the biggest jump in the team in terms of his athleticism and his play on the ice..well documented the summer he put in a couple yrs ago so dont sell him short..they all cant be like toews...i mean if brouwer was like toews hed be great too

Kathy Kinney (Genoa)

Ok so what did you get for Christmas

Jesse Rogers
  (3:11 PM)

A nice green shirt that I like and I promptly left it in the closet in st. louis but they are sending it home

David (Semester at Sea)

Just a thought...what if we had let Kane go, re-signed Toews and Keith. I'm guessing that would have allowed us to keep two of our casualties: Buff, Steeg, Ladd...Are we a better team had that happened?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:12 PM)

Hes a point per game guy with potential for 90 or 100..they dont grow on trees...steeg is nice but hes no kane...not even close

John (Chicago)

With Sharp moving to center who will the Hawks put in at wing? Hendry?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:13 PM)

No, they will just insert Johnson at center..sharp was bascially at center yesterday before toews went down...wingers are still all there...

Tim (Northbrook)

Any chance 88 gets retired?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:14 PM)

Of course there is a chance...breaks team scoring records and wins some more cups, for sure...he and toews started young enough it could happen

Jason ( Chicago)

What do you see the line combos at now with toews out?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:16 PM)

Good question...lets see...sharp bettern kane and maybe brouwer....bolland with kopy/hossa...dowell with bickell/pisani (hes sick so skille)then johnson with scott/stalberg...though stalber/skille/brouwer could move around....could put brouwer for one game on checking line but thats basically how i see it

Jesse Rogers
  (3:16 PM)

sharp between it should say

Nate (Evanston)

Hey Jesse. With all of the negative things that are being said about this team, what is the most positive thing you have seen from them this year?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:17 PM)

Crawford and the role players like Bickell..the hope is the stars really come to play in the spring...

Erik (Mt. Prospect)

All professionalism aside, do you hate the Canucks as much as we do?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:17 PM)

Yeah, kind of think they are soft but I was thinking of a diff word

Erik (Mt. Prospect)

Everyone complains for the past two years about how the Hawks have no enforcers. Now they have a guy who beats the HELL out of everyone he fights. Why all the complaining? And on top of it, he hasn't been terrible on the fourth line. At least he takes the puck to the net.....

Jesse Rogers
  (3:19 PM)

A-G-R-E-E-D

Rich (Chicago)

Are there any new characters on the team with all of the additions to the team?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:19 PM)

Skille and Bickell arent bad...Scott is great to talk to...love his honesty..he said something like he needs to be vocal with toews out..really? i Liked it

Joe Koperski (Lisle)

So when are you doing another remote like the one at Binney's?

Jesse Rogers
  (3:19 PM)

January 19...will let you know where...me and tomas kopecky live on espn 1000..be there!

Jesse Rogers
  (3:22 PM)

Thats going to do it for today...Good questions, sorry i didnt get to them all..tomorrow should be interesting with niemi's first appearance here..I assume he plays..they are in minny tonight so Hawks should have advantage..follow me on twitter @espnchihawks..I tweeted early this morning that Toews wasnt serious and thank god he wasnt...ill have the new lines for you at morning skate tomorrow..email me jrogers@espnchicago.com if you want...take care..next week..talk to you next week on our hawks chat