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  2. Joel Quenneville

    With every passing year, I think Q is looking more and more like J.P. Morgan.
  3. Today
  4. Jan Rutta

    I agree. those 2 may well be the top pairing next season, as far as who they line up against.
  5. Joel Quenneville

    It is also extremely difficult with all the travel in the modern game for players to get "up" for every match. In earlier eras, players used to indulge in the "beanies" and other nice little pills to gain the necessary emotion to play. Similarly, rock and country music artists would abuse the cocaine and other party drugs leading into their performances. Nowadays, most of these players pay much more attention to what goes in their bodies. They need to find this intensity naturally from within, and it is not always easy. When Quenneville talks about a player needing to find "consistency" in his game, he is at least partly referring to the player's concentration and focus. It often takes years for young players to develop a system where they are ready to play most nights. Some, such as Bryan Bickell and Richard Panik, struggle with this part of the game their entire careers. Others, like the present Hawk core, tend to get up for the big matches only. They quickly lose interest if the game goes sour. They "play down" to their competition and have for most of their careers.
  6. Joel Quenneville

    Funny, I thought about that after I posted and saw how it might be very difficult for one teammate to go to the GM/Coach and ask him to get rid of Mr. X. Your post is a good one and explains the situation. Thanks.
  7. Yesterday
  8. Joel Quenneville

    that's a good analogy. btw, i'm no sailor but i follow heaps of sailors on YT. i'm not fluid enough these days to buy a sailboat, but i wish i'd caught the bug 10 years ago when i was still working.
  9. Joel Quenneville

    A couple of summers ago, I took my old Laser dinghy out for a sail. It was a shifty North Wind that day -- gusty and unpredictable, with big whitecaps--- perhaps 15-20 Knots, maybe more. I used to love the physical challenge with these types of winds, but on this day, I tipped it on a run and could not get it back up without it rolling back over again. At one point, the boat had turtled perhaps for the fifth time, and the centreboard had fallen out. I was lying on the top of the hull, completely out of breath, struggling to disentangle myself from the main sheets. I realized at that moment I was too old to be out on my own that day. I have never taken the boat out on a North Wind since. It is not so much that my sailing skills have deteriorated. But I just don't have the energy or stamina any more to deal with these types of crises. This is what happens when we age. My feeling is that Toews and Keith and Seabrook especially are starting to feel their age. They still have the skills, but they wear out more easily. What was a challenging assignment for them at age 24 now seems at times almost insurmountable. They give up more easily, mostly because they just don't have the energy. They make poor decisions. I want Bowman to add a centre so Toews can relax a bit and focus on offence. I believe his game would rejuvenate very quickly. If the team is going to contend, he needs to be a star player like he can be.
  10. Jan Rutta

    I think SB signs Rutta 5 years for 20 million. Big physical defencemen, has shown he can handle the oppositions best talent, regardless of what’s in the system Rutta is needed and will only get better. With Seabs on the decline and Keith slowing down, the Hawks need to think replacements and Rutta and Forsling will be the first 2 that stay on board.
  11. Jan Rutta

    at least if oesterle and kempny keep playing the way they do there's no real rush to get either back. rutta/franson wouldn't agree, but their injuries have a definite silver lining quality to them.
  12. 2017 IceHogs

    i believe so but i'm not 100% sure. i'll try and post the lineups here from now on if i see them on twitter. maybe bhawksprncss will see this and chime in.
  13. Joel Quenneville

    Think of it this way. You and I are on a team together. We’re very good buddies and hang out all the time. You’re the older vet, and I’m the younger guy who needs time and seasoning. Would you go to your coach or GM behind my back and tell them that I need to be replaced by someone else? Or would you let them do their jobs, and try and help out your buddie? What most don’t understand, coaches and GMs are managers of peoples lives. They could send a guy down and he gets depressed and it could ruin their life. A GM has to be very respectful and classy when they trade or send someone down. Also, GMs have a fine line to walk when dealing with prospects or draft picks. No GM wants to be the reason why a kid didn’t make it. And players don’t wanna ruin their buddies career either. Right now, Stan is going with the kids, like it or not, I don’t think there’s much help on the way!!!
  14. Chris Neil Retires

    I’m sure the drug abuse has helped his downward spiral. We will never know, but just from reading rockstars downward spiral into drugs and not caring about the ones closest to them, it sure does sound like that. The head trauma may also aid into that, but what people don’t see is the party culture in sports, it’s not for everyone, and some get lost along the way. I’m sure we’ve all had a buddy or 3 that just werent good with drugs and alcohol but felt the pressure to soldier on cuz everyone else was doing it and having a solid time. Anyways, I hope that Matt Johnson gets his life back, it’s too bad!!!
  15. 2017 IceHogs

    Has Dauphin been in the bottom six all season?
  16. 2017 IceHogs

    I will say one thing about this team, they like to shoot. It seems they always have the upper hand in that regard. Fifteen shots from their first line, thirteen shots from their defense, I like the way this Colliton seems to want to play an upbeat game.
  17. Joel Quenneville

    It just occurred to me that they (Q and players), as recently as last season, used to use words like "you can't make the playoffs early, but you certainly can lose them," "we want to get these points out of the way early," etc. There has been no such talk that this listener has heard yet this season. Has anyone heard such language? If not, then I think it holds as evidence that there is a different strategy this season.
  18. Joel Quenneville

    I wouldn’t think this regular season “pace” is the core’s plan alone...without Q and the brass involved. That’s a big IF this is even the case. Not sure I buy it...but it's very possible there is a new approach/strategy.
  19. Joel Quenneville

    I am not being critical here. But, the way you describe things is kind of odd as it makes it seem like the core can't discuss these things (like the need for a 3LC) with Q or SB and have to keep quiet and keep hoping. If the players (the core) sense that they need x or y to get them going, wouldn't they be able to go to management and inform them of their need/belief and try to get something accomplished. I would expect there to be an ongoing dialogue. Or, is it like North Korea where there is strict dividing line between "management" and the "workers"? Maybe I am reading some of this too literally and there really is a back and forth between the players and management, but I certainly don't have a clue.
  20. 2017 IceHogs

    lines tonight in S.A. hogs lose in a shootout. Louis-Kampf-Jurco Highmore-Kero-Johnson Fortin-Sikura-Martinsen Knott-Dauphin-Pelletier Svedberg-Dahlstrom Norell-Raddysh Anselmini-Press Glass AHL Game #382 Rockford 1 at San Antonio 2 AT&T Center Dec 15, 2017 Referee: Olivier Gouin (54) Chris Schlenker (48) Linesmen: James Tobias (61) Lucas Bisbee (86) Three Stars: 1. SA - D. Warsofsky 2. SA - J. Nantel 3. SA - V. Husso Game Start: 7:36 PM CST Game Status: In Shootout Game Length: Attendance: 6043 SCORING 1 2 3 OT SO T Rockford 0 1 0 0 0 1 San Antonio 0 1 0 0 1 2 SHOTS 1 2 3 OT SO T Rockford 12 15 13 4 0 44 San Antonio 4 21 8 2 1 36 PP PIM PTS Rockford 0 / 6 13 min / 5 inf 1 G + 0 A = 1 Pts San Antonio 0 / 4 19 min / 8 inf 2 G + 1 A = 3 Pts V-H # Per Team Time Goals Assists Type On Ice (+/-) 0 - 1 1 2nd SA 8:27 J. Nantel (6) A. Musil V 7 8 13 32 45 H 2 5 18 27 39 1 - 1 2 2nd RFD 17:53 A. Martinsen (5) V 8 26 27 28 32 H 5 14 15 18 22 SHOOTOUT San Antonio shoots first for each round. Rockford San Antonio # Shooter Score 7 David Kampf No 45 Anthony Louis No 37 Luke Johnson No Score # Shooter No 14 Brendan Ranford No 29 Tage Thompson Yes 5 David Warsofsky Totals: 0 1 ROCKFORD ROSTER No Name G A +/- Sh PIM G 1 C. Delia 0 0 0 0 0 G 30 J. Glass 0 0 0 0 0 D 5 R. Press 0 0 0 1 0 RW 7 D. Kampf 0 0 -1 4 0 D 8 V. Svedberg 0 0 0 2 0 LW 9 M. Highmore 0 0 0 2 0 C 10 T. Kero 0 0 0 2 0 LW 13 T. Jurco 0 0 -1 6 0 LW 16 W. Pelletier 0 0 0 2 0 D 17 B. Anselmini 0 0 0 1 0 C 18 L. Dauphin 0 0 0 1 5 D 21 R. Norell 0 0 0 4 2 D 24 D. Raddysh 0 0 0 1 2 LW 26 A. Fortin 0 0 +1 0 0 LW 27 A. Martinsen 1 0 +1 4 2 LW 28 T. Sikura 0 0 +1 1 0 D 32 C. Dahlstrom 0 0 0 4 0 C 37 L. Johnson 0 0 0 3 2 C 45 A. Louis 0 0 -1 5 0 LW 49 G. Knott 0 0 0 1 0 Team: Totals: 1 0 0 44 13 ROCKFORD GOALIES No Name Min SH SVS GA SOG-S 30 J. Glass 63:57 35 34 1 1-3 Totals: 63:57 35 34 1 SAN ANTONIO ROSTER No Name G A +/- Sh PIM G 30 S. Martin 0 0 0 0 0 G 35 V. Husso 0 0 0 0 0 D 2 M. Geertsen 0 0 +1 0 0 D 3 C. Bigras 0 0 0 0 2 D 5 D. Warsofsky 0 0 0 5 0 LW 14 B. Ranford 0 0 -1 0 0 D 15 D. Siemens 0 0 -1 0 5 C 16 D. Toninato 0 0 0 1 2 C 18 F. Girard 0 0 0 7 0 RW 20 R. Grimaldi 0 0 0 3 0 RW 22 K. Kostin 0 0 -1 1 0 RW 23 S. Ouellette-St. Amant 0 0 0 2 0 LW 24 A. Greer 0 0 0 3 0 D 25 C. Butler 0 0 0 2 0 C 27 A. Musil 0 1 +1 1 0 LW 28 A. Agozzino 0 0 0 1 0 C 29 T. Thompson 0 0 0 4 0 LW 39 J. Nantel 1 0 +1 2 4 C 55 A. Belzile 0 0 0 2 4 D 94 A. Mironov 0 0 0 1 2 Team: 1 1 Totals: 2 1 0 36 19 SAN ANTONIO GOALIES No Name Min SH SVS GA SOG-S 35 V. Husso 65:00 44 43 1 0-3 Totals: 65:00 44 43 1
  21. Joel Quenneville

    I believe your "thought today" fits in fairly closely to my basic belief.... which as you know is problem theory 1 presented above. The core of the team has been coasting. They have become somewhat more engaged recently but only because they do not want to be humiliated by falling completely out of the playoff picture. They learned their lesson from last year when they were all burned out by March, emotionally and physically. It got them nowhere. Bowman did not bring in the reinforcements needed, and they had too little left to cover up for the shortcomings. This time, they are preserving what they still have, and hoping Bowman recognizes what they need before the playoffs (this year - a third line centre). Until he does, the core will turn it on in spurts, but they will rarely go all in. They still lack the confidence in the roster and don't believe they have enough to get it done. It has been up to the support guys to carry the team most nights.
  22. Joel Quenneville

    That’s good, jack.
  23. 12/14 Hawks vs. Jets

    I responded.
  24. Joel Quenneville

    I'll start with your last paragraph. Early this season after the first two victories and the step down after that, Kane was quoted as saying, in explanation for the downturn, that they were saving some energy for the playoffs and were not going to burn themselves out early in the year, or something like that. So, perhaps, the players bought into what you are suggesting in explaining to themselves why they got hammered into crumpled nails by the Preds. And, perhaps, that may be a guiding playing philosophy this year whether Q knows it, or not. This makes some sense as a guiding philosophy, if trying to win the regular season division crown really, realy, really causes such a drain that they don't have enough left to win in the playoffs. That is what I am not sure of as the whacking by the Preds last year seemed to indicate something other than just having a worn out bunch of Hawks in the series. That may have explained some of it, but I think most of it was explained by a brilliant defensive strategy that shut down Kane/Toews/Panarin and there was no back up from the rest of the crew. In addition, such a philosophy involves the notion of turning on a switch which I think is a risky way to play the game. As to your synopsis of some of the theories that have been propounded by posters to explain the team's play before this 5 game win streak, I buy into some of them perhaps a bit more than you do, particularly #2. But, the improvement I see lately, gives me some encouragement that both the core and the youngsters are on the upswing. I have no idea, at this point, what is their maximum potential, as it hard to say how much more we can expect from guys like Schmaltz, DeBrincat and the rest of the young ones and whether Toews, Kane, Saad and Anisimov will step it up and keep it up, so to speak. Schmaltz seems to be improving noticeably. Does that tell you what I am thinking, or do you have more questions/comments?
  25. Chris Neil Retires

    if it were that easy that some schmuck like me knew the answer, the problem would have been solved long before it became a problem anyways, i'd start with the over medicating issue and run from there.
  26. Chris Neil Retires

    GT: What do you suggest they do about this?
  27. 12/14 Hawks vs. Jets

    Nice, jack. Sent my thought and question to you in another thread. Look forward to reading your response.
  28. Last week
  29. Chris Neil Retires

    this is a real black stain on hockey that they need to make a real effort to do more about. i saw this the other day. just another sad story about former nhl enforcers to add to the pile.... http://longform.tsn.ca/searching-for-matt-johnson
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