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  1. 9 points
    Thank you, Marian Hossa. You are a class act and world class player. Always.
  2. 9 points
    I stopped reading your posts a long time ago, how can anyone take you seriously when you can't speak proper English or spell Keiths name right.
  3. 7 points
    The Blackhawks have released the following statement on Hossa: "Today is another example of the leadership Marian has displayed as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization. When we approached him to discuss the idea of him waiving his no-move clause to allow us to make this move, it became clear this was a difficult thing for him to consider. After the success he has had in a Blackhawks jersey, the friends he has made throughout the organization and the fact his heart will always be in Chicago, the thought of disassociating in any way from the team he has come to love was not something he really wanted to give any thought to at all. But, as the consummate team player, he did what he has always done. He did what the team needed him to do in order to succeed. Marian's long-term contributions to the club will never be forgotten. His performance as a player was always appreciated, but, it is his special qualities as a teammate, a leader and a person, that will more than anything leave its mark on all of us who have come to love and respect the very humble way he goes about everything he does. He has shown us all the impact we can have on others if we conduct ourselves with character, integrity and utmost respect for all we come in contact with. We have had the pleasure of watching him hoist three Stanley Cups with our team and he will forever be connected to the Blackhawks. On behalf of the entire organization, we would like to thank Marian-a world-class player-for all he has done for the Chicago Blackhawks."
  4. 6 points
    Kruger is a defensive specialist, not a Hart Trophy candidate. He's not here to put up points. He's going to spend 3/4 of his ice time starting in the defensive zone and flipping the ice. If he puts up 15 points while doing that, I'm happy with it. He's going to take the tough matchups and minutes that honestly AA, Schmaltz and Kampf aren't really suited to or capable of handling yet. The only other center that can is JT and I'd rather him play more in the offensive zone instead of as a shutdown C. That will pay dividends.
  5. 6 points
    Unless Schmaltz becomes a bona fide, by-anyone's definition, two-way player, I'd go berserk if he gets $7 million per.
  6. 6 points
    What the hell has he done to show remorse? He fled to another country to avoid prosecution so he could play hockey. He deserves a chance to rehabilitate himself. He does NOT deserve a chance to rehabilitate himself and draw a multi-million dollar salary. There are lines....And beating women should be one of them.
  7. 6 points
    If the Blackhawks sign a piece of sht like Voynov, I would show up at the UC opening night and burn every jersey I own. He beat a woman and you people think he deserves another chance? WTF??
  8. 5 points
    dude.... Kruger will be, at best, our 4th line center. for one season (unless he does well and takes a cheap deal to stay in Chicago). Hinny and Oesterle were redundant. and neither was some great player either. but the main thing we got from this trade was cap space and the ability to add players to help us compete this coming season. that is what we traded for, not Kruger or the prospects.
  9. 5 points
    Go back and read some posts, we make some valid reasons why this trade was a good one, step down from the ledge 😂
  10. 5 points
    oesterle's stock has sure risen the last day or so.
  11. 5 points
    Hossa memories for me were his first game in San Jose scoring 2 goals, including I believe a shorty, his game five 1st round playoff game vs Nashville, first getting the 5 minute major that appeared to give Nashville the win, until the perfect centering pass from Martin Erat, who rather then wrap it around the boards puts it out in front and the Hawks were off to the races and tied the game with 13 seconds left in the 3rd. Then the 4 minutes of shorthanded play before Hossa could step back on the ice, Brent Sopel circling the Nashville zone and centering the puck to the oncoming Hossa, who scores the game winner in one of the greatest comeback games I've ever seen.Then watching Toews search him out to hand him the cup first after failing to achieve the ultimate goal with Pittsburgh or Detroit. And after that season, as a member of the Standby club, I win an autographed Hossa jersey that I have only worn once, the game after Phoenix goon Torres knocked Hossa out of the playoffs and I wore Hossa's jersey in honor of what he had accomplished to that point with the Hawks. Had a chance to talk with him at one of the STH parties and was such a genuinely nice man. He was sorely missed last year, and will be missed for quite some time. Not sure the NHL will see the likes of a Marian Hossa again, he was something special and we as Hawks fans had the fortune to see him perform his magic game in and game out from 2009 thru 2017. His number should immediately be raised to the rafters, no one should ever wear #81 again!
  12. 5 points
    here here! looking forward to the day (in about 3 years) when we can give Hoss a proper send off at the UC....
  13. 5 points
    This is one of Bowman's best moves as general manager. Hinostroza is a spare part here, more than adequately replaced by Dylan Sikura. Oesterle is not an NHL player. The return is a quality prospect and cap space. If Kruger if healthy and can fill in as a checker, this trade looks even better. I did not believe it would be possible to move out the Hossa contract this summer. Congratulations to the general manager for doing the right thing here.
  14. 5 points
    This statement is spot on. Hossa is and was a class act. He's done everything this organization has asked him to do, and that includes going along with the "gunk" injury. Very few players actually put "team" before themselves, but Hossa was the exception.
  15. 5 points
    Stop it, those of us who want more size on the Hawks aren't talking about goofs like Reeves, we're wanting a top6 powerforward like E Kane and top4 dman like Hedman, big skilled guys to play with the many little guys. 3 of the final 4 teams were big hard hitting teams, Tampa is small up front but their D are big, despite what Stan thinks teams do need some big players.
  16. 5 points
    I know I'm late to the party here, but Boqist, to me, was a horrific pick. Utterly effing horrific. Kid is years away and not only that, he already has concussion issues, having suffered 2 that shelved him (and he's not even in the NHL yet). I know it's not all Stan, but people need to be fired for this garbage -- be it the scouts or Stan himself. What a joke. Why in the hell wouldn't you pick Wahlstrom? Best shot in the draft according to some, huge body, who has a much better chance of offering immediate help to your team compared to Boqvist. I just don't get it. If you're not rebuilding, why would you make this pick?
  17. 5 points
    The team was already pretty invisible this past season without being leprechauns.
  18. 5 points
    Stan has done a great job...at making the Hawks the smallest team and easiest to play again. I never liked the guy, especially how he got the job, he needs to be let go asap.
  19. 5 points
    Back to my point about the Hawks being too easy to play against. Washington won the cup this year. The series seem to turn when Smith-Pelly dropped Neal and Vegas had no response. Chicago won the cup in 2010. The series turned when Byfuglien physically took over and Philly couldn't move him from the front of the net Chicago won the cup in 2013. The series turned when Bickell manhandled Chara in the corner and Boston had no response and the Hawks all played taller afterward. Chicago won the cup in 2015. Shaw, although only 5'11" physically dominated the series with Tampa and chipped in with 12 points. A winning team needs to have a presence, a physical presence. Nowadays Seabrook gets pushed around and dropped in the corner and so does Toews, with no response..... and too easy to play against.
  20. 5 points
    Disappointing picks based on what was available. The new NHL is all about (in this order): youth - because the young players these days have lots of experience speed - you need to be able to skate, no matter what type of player you are size or skill - if you can get both in 1 player, that's great; but every team needs a mixture of both The smaller guys play bigger if there are bigger guys on the ice with them. Eric Karlsson has had great years playing with Marc Methot, 6'3" and 233 pounds; last year with Methot gone not so good Duncan Keith had his best years partnered with Seabrook, 6'3" 220 pounds; unfortunately Seabrook is now just too slow to be effective and and Duncan had a very bad year last year IMHO, with the assets Chicago already has in place, Bouchard (6'2" 196 pounds) or Dobson (6'3" 177 pounds) at 8 and someone like forward Noel (6'5" 209 pounds), a big guy who can really skate, at pick 27. I mentioned this before. A friend that plays for the Washington Capitals, after beating Chicago last November in Washington said to me in the family room, "....that was an easy game". The Hawks are just too easy to play against, and I'm sorry but Boqvist and Beaudin will not change that dynamic. Round 1 picks were a missed opportunity.... Bowman and Kelly don't get it (youth - speed - (mix of size & skill)) need to go.
  21. 4 points
    to say an undrafted european could be a 3rd line center in his 2nd year in north america isn't exactly selling him short imho.
  22. 4 points
    Yeah, that's my night job. Nice over-reaction HIM. Simply was answering the guy's question. How about we calm down a bit.
  23. 4 points
    People talk about Kruger like he hasn’t been around here before. He is a solid 4th line centermen that takes the pressure of our first line centermen. Kruger was a huge part of 2 championships in Chicago and played his arse of, he is trustworthy on the PK, he can take some crucial draws and he is sound defensively and with Kunitz in the mix our bottom six already looks better and more dependable than years past.
  24. 4 points
    I know right? Now we're in the twilight zone, without size to complain about what ever will we do? Hinstroza was never going to be a player that put us over the top, especially with Q coaching. And Osterle was a dime-a-dozen defenseman in today's NHL and was also never going to be a game breaker for us. If they were casualties for Hossa's contract then so be it. We needed the cap flexibility more than those two, and honestly I think we needed a defensive center more than Hino. I'm sure this goes against all logic here anyways, but I think having a center other than Toews that can take difficult matchups and flip the ice is going to have a much greater impact than Hino as a bumslayer.
  25. 4 points
    If the Hawks got back decent compensation for Buff, Bolland, Sharp, Versteeg, Saad, Shaw etc, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Draft picks were wasted and everything you described happened for these reasons. Inexperience has wrestled this team to the mat. I sure hope he learned from this, cuz wasting the last 4-5 decent years of the core guys is not realistic at this point!!!
  26. 4 points
    The main reason the core is beaten down is due to being heavily relied on during the playoffs. I know many overblow the acquisition of Vermette as this amazing deal. We gave up a lot for a guy that easily could a been done by someone else and probably better. We won due to the core group, mainly Keith that year. Take him out and we lose 100 times out of 100, the acquisition of Timonen actually hurt the teams chances. When also old Roszival went down, we were forced to play him, and who gives up a 2nd and 3rd round pick for a 39 year old that didn’t play all year due to blood clots? Moves like this have over exerted the core and they are burnt out. They’re bodies have faced the slayer and hopefully they can rebound. In 2013 I’ll give him Oduya, that’s his best trade to date, isn’t that kinda sad considering the talent he’s sent packing? Ladd, Buff, Versteeg, Campbell, Sharp etc, and we got nothing at all to show for those guys. I could go on forever, the proof is in the pudding, we all see it, but some choose to ignore it. Bob, what you’ve seen over the last year is what I’ve seen over the last decade. It was just covered up by the core group over exerting themselves, now we have the fallout and no one likes it and wants to blame Stan now, that’s not the case. Bowman cannot be blamed for the past couple years, the blame should lay in the 5-6 years before it. Now he’s in scramble mode to try and get younger and more cost controlled, while still trying to compete, a tough task but it needs to be done, but should of been done after 2016 season!!!
  27. 4 points
    Oesterle is 26 and just made the NHL, he had some ok games but he's small and sucks in his own end, Hino is a good little player but in the long run Entwhistle could be a great acquisition and he provides something the Hawks lack, size and a strong work ethic. Players like Johnson and Sikura can replace Hino and probably made him expendable.
  28. 4 points
    well, in one fell swoop...stan just acquired 3 canadian players all over 6 feet tall, so there's definitely somthing weird going on.
  29. 4 points
  30. 4 points
    Well, I wasn't directing that at you...but, I read some of them. Just wait, too. How is this not a great move? Gave up Hino (a player most posters criticized for being too small and a perimeter player) and 82 (a player mostly ripped by posters for being afraid of his own shadow in contact). They MOVED Hossa's contract for them...and, they got some prospects with SIZE. Sikura will take Hino's spot on the wing. No big loss, IMO. Complainers gonna complain. Haters gonna hate. But, it looks soo foolish at times.
  31. 4 points
    well, a little late to the game here but... I am a big big fan of this trade. imo it is a huge win for us. we didn't have to give up a 1st or 2nd rounder to move his deal. instead, we gave up a type of player we had a surplus of and a bottom pairing dman, which we also had a surplus of. we get back cap space, which is more valuable than any of the players moved (besides 81, of course). we also get back a 4th line pking center on an expiring deal and a couple prospects with some size, the main one being only 18. seems like a fair amount of folks here don't like the move, but imo, we just took Arizona to the woodshed...
  32. 4 points
    Does that really surprise you? I did like Hino but Osterle was the definition of "just a guy". Neither would save the franchise, especially in Hino's case where "someone in the organization" decided to have him kick around in Rockford instead of playing with the big club half the season. Kruger will allow Toews to get better matchups. I don't even care if he scores a single point, I want him flipping the ice so Toews doesn't have to.
  33. 4 points
    Here we go. This stuff just gets too funny. 6 hours ago they were too small, too soft, not top end players...AHL bums to most!
  34. 4 points
    MERP I now have you on record Oesterle one of there best young Dmen at 26.
  35. 4 points
    kempney's turn with the cup. if i had it for a day, i think i'd just sit and stare at it. such a beautiful bit of hardware.
  36. 4 points
    You have to question that decision making process of this management when they are willing to commit $3 M to a backup goalie and won't spend a cent on physical top nine forwards.
  37. 4 points
    over at one of the flyer's boards, there is a "brandon manning appreciation thread" that's 5 pages long and 95% of the posters are appreciative only for the fact he's gone. i only read the first 3 pages but he was seemed to be the whipping boy, which in philadelphia must be quite a drag. my favorite post in the first 3 pages was...."It truly is the end of an error." many thought he was overused and many did comment that he was a good teammate and team player. anyways....i hope he can prove the flyer's faithful wrong this year. https://hfboards.mandatory.com/threads/brandon-manning-appreciation-thread.2482807/
  38. 4 points
    Going into the 2017 draft there were no solid top-4 d-men in the pipeline - tons of bottom pairing / AHL caliber d-men but really none that you could bank on. Forsling had promise so maybe he was a "maybe" but that was about it. All the rest of the bevy of Swedish d-men are less promising than we had hoped - Gustafsson, Svedberg, Dahlstrom, and about 3 dozen others. Likewise with the NCAA and guys playing in Europe. There was no d-men in the system that projected good enough to replace the core d-men of the Cup winning years - Keith, Seabrook and Hjalmarsson. No one. Then Stan drafted Jokiharju in the 1st round and Mitchell in the 2nd round in 2017 and they immediately moved to the front of the class. After seeing Jokiharju and Mitchell play their 2017/18 seasons, they solidified their positions as the top two d-men in the prospect pool. Both are projected to be top-4 - probably not #1 or #2, but certainly a #3 or #4. Then Stan drafted Boqvist and Beaudin in the 1st round this year and the both joined Jokiharju and Mitchell in the "top-4" prospect group with Boqvist projecting to be a #1 or #2. We went from having no one to replace Keith, Seabrook and Hjalmarsson to now having 4 legit top-4 d-men in the pipeline.
  39. 4 points
    Yup. Eff Voynov and his supporters.
  40. 4 points
    Murp was pickin' up a new system others failed in and played his off side most of the year(which he's never done before) and will play plenty physical if allowed. I think he makes a big improvement in his second go round and was pretty solid himself the last few months. He's 25 and the $$$ being thrown around lately makes his deal look a lot better. GO HAWKS!!!!!
  41. 4 points
    "Blood seemed to be everywhere when Redondo Beach police officer Gregory Wiist toured the master bedroom of the multimillion-dollar home on Avenue C. Around the bed. In the shape of a handprint on the wood floor. On the comforter. In a trail leading to the bathroom. Marta Varlamova sobbed as Wiist interviewed her around midnight on Oct. 19, 2014. The distraught woman told the officer that her husband Slava Voynov, then a standout defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings, attacked her. "My blood, all over bedroom and bathroom," Varlamova said in a recording. "And it's not first time." But please go on more about the NHL should be the place for 2nd chances.
  42. 4 points
    Thanks, I feel a lot better now knowing that Stan consulted his Ouji board or magic eight ball to make this decision. What did he say about Kunitz? "He came into his own back in 2006, he hit his stride in 2007 and his best years are a faint memory, so we only gave him $1M." On Cam Ward? "With the roster we have now, we felt we needed an experienced backup in case we squeak into the playoffs. His agent said he had an offer from another team for $1.25M so I upped it to $3M just to be safe. I threw in the NTC out of respect for his Stanley cup win 12 years ago."
  43. 4 points
    And then we can call him Jimmy Two Times...he’s gonna get the papers, get the papers😜
  44. 4 points
    Last offseason Stan made changes to the team to make it harder to play against and our fellow posters gave him nothing but grief. He made changes that had to be made. Ulf Samuelsson replaced Mike Kitchen and the PK became more aggressive and improved. Panarin was traded for Saad to get bigger. Poke checker Hjalmarsson was traded for a heavier more physical Murphy. and 6'5" 230 lb. Franson was added to give the defense a more physical presence but it was not utilized by coach Q. Stan signed free agents Wingels and Bouma and along with John Hayden formed a true dominating 4th line with all on pace for 200 hits. These moves showed that Stan was serious about getting bigger and tougher. There is no reason whatsoever to draft big physical players when the coach needs speed and skill to play his system.
  45. 4 points
    If this team is in full rebuild - and I believe it is - I do support Bowman's recent draft strategy focussing primarily on defence and high-end skill. You build the defence first, and then add forwards later so the entire roster comes together at the same time. Defenders take much longer to develop. A team needs a good mobile defence to drive the engine and generate scoring opportunities. This has been Edmonton's big mistake over the past decade. They have kept drafting forwards with their high picks without first assembling real talent in the back end. As most of you know, I am not a Bowman fan. Nevertheless, I do have to give the guy some credit here for doing the right thing. Drafting the high skilled defencemen with the first two picks was the right thing to do, and it was a brave decision. Physical checkers and large defenders can be added at any time (although Bowman does not seem to be willing to spend the money on ones with talent). High-end skilled guys are hard to find. Neither of the top two picks will likely play for three or more years. Both, however, eventually could be top-pairing defencemen. Will Bowman last here that long?
  46. 4 points
    what the hell is going on?? pee wee league guys for F sake!
  47. 4 points
    Can you announce a trade to get rid of your GM?
  48. 4 points
    T, re-post if Stan is reading this, tell him Noel is 5'6" and he's a shoe in to pick him
  49. 4 points
    Smallest player available!
  50. 4 points
    bad. i posted this last year. for whatever reason, this team turned into a juggernaut during the circus trips. in the 9 seasons since kane + toews joined us (lockout shortened season excluded), the hawks have gone 33-16-7 in all circus trips combined. thats a sparkling .652 winning percentage. after subtracting the circus trip road record from the total road record for the same 9 seasons...the hawks are 155-119-39 for a .558 winning percentage in the other road games. still not too shabby but we did a hell of a lot better on the long trips for whatever reason.
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