Practice on Monday might involve some extra hitting and wind sprints
Last night the Blackhawks didn’t show up — they were shut out at home by Columbus, 1-0 — and coach Denis Savard is not happy:
“This is a divisional game, we’re fighting for our lives here, we want to get into the playoffs, we had a nice crowd and this is what they give us? I think they forgot last summer or two summers ago or three summers ago what we gave them (contracts). We committed to them. They were very happy when they signed it. Well, commit to us, commit to the jersey, commit to the people here. They don’t want to commit to the Indian, let’s go upstairs and get them out of here.”
But he wasn’t done yet:
“Last time I checked some guys got pretty nice money, nice contracts. This is a classy organization here and we won’t accept it. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are, you have to want to battle, period. You don’t want to battle you won’t play here.”
And then, the cherry on the sundae:
“You have to pay a price. Some guys won’t chip pucks in deep because they don’t want to go get it. They don’t want to get hit. You have to get a cut on your face to get rewarded at the end of the night. You don’t want to do it, you’re not going to win. You’re going to win a game here and there like we’re doing right now. When games like this are on the line you have to step up. If you get cut, too bad. It’s the way it is. If you go into that locker room there’s nobody wearing an ice pack or having stitches getting done. None of them. You have to want it. To gain an inch in this league you have to want to do it. You have to want to work. It’s going to be tough, you might get a cut, you might get bruised. So what? Last time I checked they’re getting pretty good money to do it. They’re going to hear it when they come back.”
Denis Savard is a hero in this town, and is known as a very positive guy. When he says you’re not trying, you’re not trying.