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Still waiting for the Blackhawks to land a top defenseman. Waiting. Wait. Ing.

Still waiting for the Blackhawks to land a top defenseman. Waiting. Wait. Ing.
Published On: Wed, Jul 11
May 17, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews (19) moves the puck against the Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) during the first period in game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

It has been 10 days, and I still dona€™t get it. TheA Blackhawksa€™ signing of backup goalieA Cam Ward, I mean.

Backup goalie was a need, yes, but not their biggest need. A top defenseman was their biggest need. Still is, as a matter of fact. Maybe Ia€™m missing something, but here are a couple things I know:

While he won aA Stanley CupA in 2006 in his rookie season, Ward hasna€™t been to the playoffs in nine years. He has not registered a save percentage above .920 in seven seasons. His goals-against percentage a€“ the percentage of goals he allowed relative to theA NHLA average a€” has been below the league average each of the last six seasons.

This is the guy to whom GMA Stan BowmanA couldna€™t wait toA give $3 millionA and a no-move clause?

I understand wanting a veteran backup, but geez, Warda€™s save percentage last season was worse than Anton Forsberga€™s. Same goes for Warda€™s goals-against percentage.

If Ward has to carry the Hawks in place ofA Corey Crawford, it looks like hea€™ll carry them into the lottery again.

Wea€™re talking about the most important position on the ice, one that helped kill the Hawksa€™ playoff hopes last season. But if the Hawks arena€™t lying about Crawforda€™s recovery, then it seems like Bowman coulda€™ve used the millions he spent on a backup goalie to give the Hawks more flexibility in trading for the No. 1 defenseman they need because Duncan Keith isna€™t that guy anymore.

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