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I agree with your very well written article. With regard to the fast paced, puck possession game that charactarized the 2010 champs, the Hawks now have a few players without the ability to play that style, which makes it difficult for those who have to play with them. Puck possession is based on players ability to hold the puck, get to an opening without the puck and to speed to the areas to support a team mate who is under duress or fighting for a puck. Also, it is of no value to have the puck if you cannot make an accurate pass or receive one. This is where players like Carcillo, Bickell and Stalberg struggle. Unfortunately, these players are spread out over three different lines and we don't have even one line that is complete. Here is where we miss Versteeg, Ladd, and Buff. All could play the fast puck possession style and get in on the forecheck. From the backline, why don't Hawks fans just realized what a HUGE part of the fast pace puck possession game Brian Campbell was. He was not physical, but his plus-minus rating was always great, and he skated out of trouble before it started more times than not. When Soupy was here, the shots against were WAY DOWN.