On Monday, Stan Bowman met the media as a group for the first time since the season started. Topics ranged from Marian Hossa to the Hawks' power play. Here's a recap of what the Hawks' GM had to say:
On the team's performance so far: "We've had the benefit of playing at home for the most part, but I think we're off to a good start. We can improve on certain aspects of the game, and we are looking to do that. You want to get off to a start where you're not behind the eight ball. We've accomplished that, but it's going to get difficult. We've got some tough opponents coming up as well as a lot of road games."
One thing that has been frustrating: "We want our power play to pick it up. We've talked a lot about it, and we are working hard on it. We're going to sort it out. That's one thing we can certainly do better on. We've got a lot of talent here, and I think we'll get it straight for sure."
On Jonathan Toews' injury: "We're hopeful he's going to be back soon. It's a day-to-day thing. These things can turn around quickly so certainly if it lingers for a long time you'd be worried, but right now, internally we are not too concerned."
On the return of Marian Hossa: "We don't have a target date quite yet, but he is certainly on schedule from what we had said back in the summer. If anything we are hoping to move that up but these are things where they set those timetables for a reason. It just takes your body a certain amount of time to heal, and I think he's certainly right along the original track with that. Probably a week or so from now we might be able to get a more definite date but right now it's still a lot of guesswork. You have to listen to what the doctors say. They are the specialists."
What the crowded Hawks lineup could look like when all are healthy: "I think we are simply going to go with the guys that are earning it. That's what we've been consistent with. The players will sort that out themselves. It's always a good situation when you have too many guys that can play. I mean, that's kind of a coach's dream."
On word from the NHL about Andrew Ladd's hit on Matt D'Agostini: "I haven't heard anything, and I don't expect to."
On the idea that any shot to the head should be a penalty: "That's been talked about. I think in some other leagues like the Ontario League they have it that way. I think that's an option, and I'm sure it will get discussed, but you need to have a full discussion on it. I don't think you can talk about just one thing in a vacuum. I think we'll talk about that and see what comes out of our [general managers] meeting."
On Jordan Hendry playing fourth line instead of a call-up from Rockford: "He had not played since the start of the season. We wanted to get him in the lineup and that was the best way to do it."
On the genesis of the father's trip: "We actually started talking about it last season. It's hard to coordinate these things in the middle of the year. Logistically, it didn't work out. There are a lot of things that go into it. Our staff did a great job. We recognize that a couple of other teams have done this. We've probably gotten more feedback from our players on this than anything else. They really appreciate the chance to spend time with their dads on the road. It really started last year, and we spent a lot of time this summer getting it going."