The way new Blackhawks winger Andrew Brunette sees it, he can't lose.
If he doesn't play on the first line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, there's always a spot on the second line with Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa.
"It's a tough gig, right?" Brunette joked. "Wherever you're slotted on this team you're going to be having fun and creating a bit of offense."
Brunette looks forward to being reunited with coach Joel Quenneville, under whom he had some of his better offensive seasons in Colorado.
The 37-year-old Brunette comes from Minnesota, where the philosophy was different than it is with the Hawks.
"I played under Joel for years in Colorado and it's a fun way to play the game," Brunette said. "At times in Minnesota it was a defensive scheme for many years, which wins too, but it's nice to have a little change and be back with Joel. I had some of my best years playing for him in Colorado. He knows what I bring to the table, and I know what he expects."
General manager Stan Bowman signed Brunette to a one-year, $2 million contract to provide experience and more goal scoring to the first two lines. Brunette is considered a crafty player in tight and should help establish a net-front presence on a power play that was good but could be even better.
"In Andrew's case he's obviously got a lot of experience and been a very durable player, which is important to us," Bowman said. "His ability to play with good players, I think he's going to fit in very nicely."
"There's tons of skill here," Brunette said. "You can preview every line and there's skill. You can talk about the toughness, but I think the skill level of this team is as high as anyone. There's a lot of really smart offensive hockey players."