From the Sidelines: Week of 2-22

1. Are the Blackhawks back?

Tom Brown- Staff Writer- I think that the Hawks are back. They saw what they were doing wrong during their losing streak, and now they will be able to make the necessary adjustments.

John Pierri- Staff Writer– . The Blackhawks have their swag back. The first line of Toews, Kane and Sharp are dominating again, and the defense and penalty killers are keeping the puck out of the back of the net.

Luke Stanczyk- Sports Editor– Yes, I think they are back. I don’t know if they will in the Stanley Cup, but they are good enough to make a lot of noise in the playoffs.

2. Should the Bulls continue to rest Derrick Rose and Rip Hamilton?

Tom– I think that the Bulls should definitely air on the side of caution with both Rose and Hamilton. They have proven they can win without them, so having them 110 percent for the playoffs should be the main focus.

John– Thibs said that if Rose feels up to it, he’ll play. I say go for it. We’re missing him out there. Let Rip rest more. We haven’t missed him too much.

Luke– This team needs both guys at 100 percent to get past Miami or anyone else in the postseason. They should rest until at least after the all-star break.

3. Is Kosuke Fukudome a good fit for the White Sox?

Tom– I think that signing Fukudome was actually a good idea for the Sox. He isn’t going to star, so getting a reliable defensive player and somebody who can occasionally swing the bat for that price isn’t a bad deal.

John– I think the addition of Kosuke Fukudome is a good one for the White Sox. He is a patient hitter that draws a lot of walks, and he is a solid defensive outfielder. Look for him to surprise a lot of doubting Sox fans.

Luke– For one million dollars, I think this was a pretty good move. He’s insurance in case Alejandro De Aza does not work in the starting lineup, and it will be good to have a guy who can play all three outfield positions and have a high on base percentage coming off the bench.