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  1. 5 points
    We had a horrible tragedy here in Windsor. Last year in November, an old buddy died in a work related accident. He left behind a wife and 2 young sons of 10-12. On December 1, his wife passed away from breast cancer. Rob was a coach in my old stomping ground and Q.knew them too. They were good Riverside folk. Tonight Ron McLean had a nice tribute to them on Hometown Hockey. Robs brother is now raising the kids, but I feel soooo bad for them. But it was very classy of Sportsnet and McLean to do a nice 3-4 min segment on them!!!
  2. 5 points
    I missed what happened tonight to warrant another epitaph on his career. what's sad is I can come on the board after every loss and know for sure that the top thread on this board with be this one. for the record, I am not saying that he hasn't regressed and isn't as good as he was a few years ago (even though he is currently third on the team in scoring). but, it is like clockwork, as it was with the Crow thread the past two seasons, that this thread will be at the top and some one will be complaining about how he isn't any good any more or it's his fault that the team lost. frankly, it really pisses me off.
  3. 4 points
    I feel like the defense is getting better every game. Without looking at stats lately, it seems like they are in position more often than not and are not leaving Crawford hanging out to dry. More aggressive on the boards as well. Am I crazy here?
  4. 4 points
    That's why Stan got rid of Panarin for Saad, Saad isn't looking to good right now but he has more goals than Pan if the Hawks make the playoffs that's were he'll shine, plus he's still playing great defensively and on the PK, something Pan couldn't do. You make it sound like the Hawks are really small but the only forwards under 6' are Kane, Debrincat, and Hartman, and 2 of those 3 go to the net hard. Schmaltz is just over 6' but he's skinny and plays soft. I'd offer Buffalo Schmaltz, Hartman, a prospect/pick, and get Ryan O'Reilly for the 2C and move Anisimov back to 3C. Ryan is gritty, over 200lbs, good hands, and great at faceoffs.
  5. 4 points
    Bob, this is sports, not life.
  6. 4 points
    it will stop being at the top of the board when he starts living up to his contract, but I agree... if someone wants to start a thread about Keith and Seabrook being disastrous most nights I can prop that up, too... the 3 of them combined are stealing roughly $25 million right now
  7. 4 points
    Toews' decline started about three years ago. It is not going to change. He is not the same player. This is not an excuse. It is a reality. We can continue to complain about the issue. We can suggest he be traded. Or we can think of ways of maximizing his value moving forward. I choose this option. Toews should retire as the Hawk Captain. He brought three cups to Chicago.
  8. 4 points
    It's a RARE occasion when the great Patrick Kane costs the Chicago Blackhawks a game but it happened tonight. Two or three glorious chances and a terribly selfish penality.....the ref gave him the 1st high cross-check too. For the life of me I can't figure out why in the hell a linesman comes off the boards on Kane's rush. The Pred's 2nd can go either way.....just like Forsberg's goal stick after Watson hooked it! LOL! Game winner bounced off Seabs pads.......Hawks outplayed em! Nice game from the young GT and another nice game from Booms and Wings......fringe NHL'ers LOFL! Hayden's gonna be a player.......sit back and watch it happen. If someone tells you the sky's fallin'.........just ask em the last time they got hit in the head by a chunk of it. GO HAWKS!!!!!
  9. 4 points
    Seriously though folks, this team has faced arguably a couple of the faster teams in the league recently and, except for the need for our D-men to have to keep the opposition in front of them, the Hawks are not really getting outskated as they did considerably for a whole bunch of games.
  10. 4 points
    You know I dislike Bowman as much or more than anyone else on these boards. I think he's awful in trades, bad at drafting and simply doesn't deserve as much credit as he is given for the Cups. With that said, the Hjalmarsson-Murphy trade is not a bad trade and I cannot fault Bowman for it. The truth is, Hjalmarsson is damaged goods and the entire league knew it. He is a very old 30 with as many miles on his legs as Keith but more damage to his body. 10 years of blocking 3-5 shots a game, and taking 3-5 big hits a game in corners to make a play not only during regular seasons but long playoff runs takes a toll. His play drastically fell off last year and he's off to another poor start this season. It was wise of Bowman to move him while he could and get back a young defenseman with talent who can develop. If Bowman had waited another year, the return is much worse or nothing at all.
  11. 3 points
  12. 3 points
    Sure thing Madrose, hope you feel better
  13. 3 points
    Well they won handily, so now you can thank me Anyways, fantastic win against a high quality opponent on away ice. I've been hard on Schmaltz, but he played like he was at the very beginning of the year; used his speed effectively and was fearless. Kempny with a nice game also: blast from the boards, wasn't very noticeable (in a good way). The one big difference to me in this game, was that our D was actually able to get shots through from the point on multiple occasions; a couple of which (Keith's, Murphy's) led to goals. Great seeing Hayden get some PK time as well; if he can become a bonafide option there with Wingels and Bouma, that would be a tremendous asset for Toews and Saad, as far as freshness goes. Crawford continues his stellar play. The only things that were really missing were a first line/Toews goal (would have been nice in his hometown) and a PP goal, although I thought the PP looked much better last night than it has in a while.
  14. 3 points
    I think that has to do with less ice time and Rutta playing against the opposition best players now. Seabs is still very effective, just not the same player he once was, he is best suited on the second or third pairing right now.
  15. 3 points
    I just know that I'm glad the Hawks didn't send Dcat down to Rockford, as was suggested on these boards a few weeks ago. The kid is a natural scorer and getting better all the time in other areas (heck, he's only 19 years old!).
  16. 3 points
    I remember Keith being so bad defensively when he first came up several were ready to convert him into a forward. But Forsling’s improvement overall this year has been a godsend, just last night was noticeably quite a bit off. I also think Murphy is quietly starting to put together an effective season now that all the defense men are being slotted correctly. But for a team that had a lot of offence driven from the blue line our defense is sadly lacking in that now. Keith, goalless this year, is our top scoring guy being tied for 41st in dman scoring. That ain’t going to cut it. A more effective PP would help and this is where I think the transition from Keith to Forsling should be starting to happen.
  17. 3 points
    I’m not against anyone being critical, I’m against people just saying, “this team sucks” and offer nothing to a conversation, or try and call someone out for their opinions, yet offer zero insight to the game. Calling people out is fine, I get it daily, but at least offer something in return, like you, or Puck, or MVR, GT, MJ, Gig, HiM, Old Time, etc etc, I get called out all the time by you guys, and it really does help keep you honest!!!
  18. 3 points
    No game is ever guaranteed. This isn't the NBA.
  19. 3 points
    Wow PP. Time to take off the Hawks-colored glasses and stop drinking the Kool-Aid. This team sucks. Stanbo has made some awful screwed-up trades of late. It is painfully obvious that Q has lost the room. The players no longer listen to him. Therefor, time for him to hit the road. We are all grateful for the cups, but that is ancient history now. Barring some miracle, the hawks won't even MAKE the playoffs this season. They are an embarrassment.
  20. 3 points
    The Hawks team isn't even a shadow of the team of 2015. They need to start a rebuild. First to go should be Bowman. All his recent moves have been MAJOR duds. Next is fire Q. The players are no longer listening to him. He's obviously "lost the room". Take the C away from the $10M man. WAAAAAYYY overpaid. No longer the leader he once was. Trade? If they can find some fool to take his contract. Trade Saad. He has been invisible most games. End the Hartman experiment. He does NOTHING right. Waste of good air. Ditto Forsling. Find a good backup for Crawford. Forsberg sux, as does Berube. Trade Seabrook. Age has caught up to him. He's too slow. Tonight's game (?) was a pathetic, effortless exhibition that perfectly illustrated a team with no heart that doesn't give a **** about its fanbase. IMHO (and maybe mine only) that a complete rebuild is necessary. And sooner, rather than later. They apparently are going for a draft lottery spot. I apologize for the rant, but watching a gutless, nutless effortless game is completely embarrassing. This team, to a player should be ashamed of themselves. Perhaps Testosterone (Google it!) shots for every player are in order. Looks like every player was neutered prior to the start of this season. End of rant. Sorry Hawk FANS. .
  21. 3 points
    It's one thing for a power play to go through scoring droughts but this power play is a momentum killer AND turner... it hands the other team momentum every single time. It is completely disorganized, generates zero pressure or shots on goal most of the time. And worse than that, other teams are starting to realize how inept it is and are willing to commit more penalties to stop rushes or pressure because they are well aware it's unlikely the Blackhawks power play will make them pay for it.
  22. 3 points
    Yep, as soon as we get into playoffs we will appreciate him more, the only problem it will be hard to make playoffs without Panarin.
  23. 3 points
    ...and we have umpteen games throughout the rest of the season with Central opponents that we can't beat.
  24. 3 points
    Hayden had 5 hits in 71/2 minutes tonight and Bouma and Wingels had 9 between em with a little more TOI because they were out there on the kill,I like that line........they all get a piece of a guy every time. Is it me or were Panik and Hartman more effective players when they were getting a piece of a guy every time too? GO HAWKS!!!!!
  25. 3 points
  26. 3 points
    Forslings development and Ruuta's emergence have been near Godsends to this team. Forsling's gaffes are getting fewer and less noticeable and Rutta has also been steady enough not to notice. This has allowed Seabrook's time to be cut to a career minimum and kept Keith's numbers down as well. So there are a couple of silver linings here after all.
  27. 3 points
    Toews, Saad, and Panik had over 52 minutes of ice tonight combined and generated 2 shots. I don't care who you're checking, that is absolutely ridiculous. Why are they still together?
  28. 3 points
  29. 3 points
    poor old gustav was stuck 3/4 of the way down page 4 here in hawk talk. he deserves a bump. i've been quietly rooting for this guy since i first saw him. i gotta' say, i always thought he was too small for me to bother. but now (surprisingly to me at least) he's a respectable 6 foot, 186 pounder. but what a nice surprise this year,,,,him and rutta. they will both be a big part of any success we have this year, of that i'm sure. anyways....here's an article about GF. https://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/gustav-forsling-emerges-as-shutdown-defender-in-sophomore-season/amp/
  30. 3 points
    yeah....he was a pretty average player at a pretty average salary. a whopping 3 points, -6 in 50 games. all zeros in 2 playoff games. but in those 50 regular season games, how he managed to kick arse a couple or 3 times while still only getting 28 PIM was maybe why Q liked him. he didn't go looking for fights, he just responded when the situation dictated it. as bad as you think he was, he played the smartest hockey of his whole career while he was here. our 4th line is better without him...i agree...but it's a shame you can't see the good side of him.
  31. 3 points
    Jordin Tootoo was waived today and has likely played his last game in Chicago. Andrew Desjardins never did find employment this year in the NHL. Their replacements, Bouma and Wingels, combine to add less than $200 K extra to this year's cap. The difference to the fourth line - both in production and in usefulness - has been dramatic. Bouma and Wingels both play on the penalty kill. They are scoring some, and they are checking. Each plays well over 10 minutes/game most nights. It is mind-boggling why Bowman took an entire half year to fix this problem. Will he take this long to address this year's major issue - the third line centre position?
  32. 3 points
    Gotta agree Bob. Nashville is a good team and the Hawks played a good game against them even on a tough back to back. Normally Kaner would pot a couple of the grade A chances he had and the Hawks would have won
  33. 3 points
    Nothing to be ashamed of in losing this one. That was a good game.
  34. 3 points
    He didn't score there but this maybe Wingels best game as a Hawk.
  35. 3 points
    TC, I think malcontent is the correct term. He thought he was bigger than the organization and he would show them who was boss. I wouldn't want anyone like that on my team or in my organization. I often wonder about some of the other names that are bandied about, like E Kane. Do they really have the right personalty/character to fit in with the Hawks. Much more than just talent imo for a trade to be successful.
  36. 3 points
    Well, one way of looking at this is this: Even on the tail-end of a bad back-to-back (heard the Hawks got in "very late"), this Hawks team is much better than the one we saw in last year's playoffs.
  37. 3 points
    We killed an AHL team, just like we were "supposed" to. Actually, we trounced them. Any time (especially this year) we accomplish such an easy task i'm happy. We got a long row to hoe but at least its not as gloomy here as it was 6 games ago. Tomorrow's game we'll see if we're made of what i hope we're made of. ☺
  38. 3 points
    I'm quite content to have 4 lines that can score. Why fix something that ain't broke?
  39. 3 points
    Maybe that happens down the road, right now after a horrendous start the team has finally strung together a strong string of games. We're barely 25% through the season and things are gelling somewhat. I believe it's just time to sit tight for awhile. This was a tough game to judge, Anaheim was so beat up it was pretty much all 3rd lines tonight. Almost like a preseason game.
  40. 3 points
    six very good games in a row now !
  41. 3 points
    so far he has one goal less than Toews, one point more than Saad and 2x more hits than S+T combined and best puck possesion stats in the team, so he's is actually doing nothing there.
  42. 3 points
    Anisimov 11 goals in 1/4 of the season...
  43. 3 points
  44. 3 points
    It was Kane whose shot inside the Tampa blue line was blocked leading to the first goal. Later he made a perfect back pass right onto a Lightening stick that I believe lead to the second goal or at least a quality scoring chance, Kane was given a great pass for a breakaway with the game on his stick. Yes Kane scored two but he was not perfect and was just as responsible to the loss as the younger players.
  45. 3 points
    Murphy has had a good game, only defenseman with a consistent physical game. He just showed how to remove a player from the play.
  46. 3 points
  47. 3 points
    He really is kind of the "Rodney Dangerfield" of NHL goalies, isn't he?
  48. 3 points
    Crow should have been 1st star imo
  49. 3 points
    Crawford, what a gutsy performance. WOW!
  50. 3 points
    agree to disagree, I suppose. I'm by no means a huge fan of his, but I would like to see him given a little more than 2 months to see if maybe he can catch on.