Colorado's Tomas Fleischmann is a rather average hockey player on a rather average hockey team but based solely on his last two games -- both against the Blackhawks -- he was awarded the 2010-2011 Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player.
Injuries and inconsistent play have caused Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville to juggle player lines more than usual this season. Everybody from rarely-deployed defenseman Jordan Hendry to a seemingly random stream of Rockford Ice Hogs has made an appearance at forward for the Hawks.
Today the city is mourning the apparent demise of the beloved Bears Quarterback Carousel.
Why They Might Be Good: All-world forward Carmelo Anthony had one helluva off-season. "I kicked [tail] at the World Championships," said 'Melo with a smile. "I trained like a mo-fo, and I didn't appear in a single DVD in which one of my boys talked about selling drugs and capping snitches." Also, fragile big man Marcus Camby managed to make it through the summer without shredding a single tendon.