Blackhawks disagree with Roenick

Updated: January 21, 2010, 6:37 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CALGARY -- Jeremy Roenick's comments about Chicago Blackhawks goaltending didn't stir up much emotion in the Hawks dressing room as they prepared for their game against the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

Roenick, a former Blackhawks star, said the Hawks are poised to win the Stanley Cup, but he's not sure if Cristobal Huet and Antti Niemi form a strong enough tandem to win it all.

"It's his opinion," and "he's entitled to it," were common refrains in the Hawks' dressing room. But they disagree with Roenick's message.

"If you look around the room, we're pretty satisfied with our goaltenders, whether its Huet or Niemi back there," forward Patrick Sharp said. "We're not going to let an outside source influence our team.

"Actually, it's a good thing. A couple years ago people were trying to find the good things about our team, and now they are trying to find where our flaw is. I disagree with the comment. We are very strong in goal and quite capable of winning with those guys back there."

That sentiment was echoed throughout the dressing room with or without microphones on. The Hawks closed ranks when Huet struggled early in the season, and they are doing the same now.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.

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Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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