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  1. 6 points
    I think I'm gonna be high more the rest of the year! GO HAWKS!!!!!
  2. 5 points
    Having listened to many, and remembering the time when he was not with the team because he spoke the truth about the way they were flailing about, I will take him over any other broadcaster in the league. He is not a homer, he calls it as it lays, he is loyal as hell, a good Chicago boy, and he bleeds for and with the team...I hope he stays until he decides it is time to step down. And then there was this...
  3. 5 points
    I love Foley, I think he’s one of a kind and one of the best. Say what you will about him, if you listen to Bwastan or Florida etc, you’ll appreciate Foley even more. I love the Irishman, one of the all time greats!!!
  4. 5 points
  5. 5 points
    It'd be easier to learn how to read Mandarin than your comments.
  6. 4 points
  7. 4 points
    I think the reason Pat Foley isn't as focused is because he no longer is simulcast on radio. He knew he had to describe the action to those who either could not watch the game, or during many of his years when the home games weren't televised, had no other option but radio. I felt like when he came back he wasn't quite as focused, and I agree with others that he and Eddie together get too caught up in side talk that gets downright annoying at times. But I remember horrible announcers between Lloyd Pettit and Pat Foley. I've also heard other announcers around the league. We are very fortunate as Hawk fans to have a hall of fame announcer that has given us 30+ years of exciting play by play over the years. I for one hope he broadcasts Hawks games for as long as he chooses. As for another comment about Steve Konroyd, I agree. Pat gushes over Olczyk way too much and he also jumps on Steve when he doesn't agree with something he says, which he would never consider doing to Olczyk. I'm not big on Konroyd in the broadcast booth, he's much better suited in the studio. But Pat does need to show him some respect and remember Konroyd had a very nice career in the game and has knowledge that Pat should value.
  8. 4 points
    he made a horrible play late there obviously. he might lose a lot of board battles but he doesn't give the puck away more than he steals it. his 78 takeaways is 3rd best in the league, and with 26 giveaways....there are still 8 players on this team with more.
  9. 4 points
    I know, I'm not helping the situation, but at least I can pump my own effing gas! Anyhow, a pic of the event...of the Demigod proper. Unfortunately the ushers at the time were *really* cracking down on selfies in spite of the players being open to it, and one was standing right there...ahh well.
  10. 4 points
    The Hockey News put out its annual prospect rankings list this week. The Hawks as an organization sit at 28th out of 31. Dylan Sikura does not make the top 50. In fact, no Hawk prospect does. The new kid from Nashville, Ejdsell is considered the Hawks' ninth best prospect (which is hardly an endorsement of the player's future potential as a 22 year old). Most scouts recognize that the best players still come from the Canadian Junior Leagues. Legitimate prospects tend to be more than 170 pounds. Perhaps Bowman Jr. knows something nobody else does. I doubt it.
  11. 4 points
    Boston's 3rd star is Keith
  12. 4 points
    1.2 isn't cheap. It's an over-payment. We can bury a lot of guys in Rockford for cheaper and less than 2 years.
  13. 4 points
  14. 4 points
    Don't know what Keith you have been watching. He's been horrible all season. Shouldn't be on the PP either.
  15. 4 points
    Keith creates more problems than ANYONE else.
  16. 4 points
    There are almost no Canadians left on the team other than the veterans. Who would Hartman be complaining about here in terms of favoritism? The three-time cup winners? More likely, Quenneville does not like spoiled entitled kids.
  17. 4 points
    i once took a leak beside billy derlago many years ago...and one time made small talk with marion gaborik in an airport bar in minneapolis, but i didn't even know it was him until i asked him if he was a wild fan. he looked at me funny and said "i am gaborik." so yeah....i know a lot of hockey players.
  18. 4 points
    I watch as many games as the next guy and sure, those Bruin and Kings games aren’t always nuggets of gold, but I do see some semblance of structure where a player can be plugged in and know his job. Kings and Bruins players aren’t, by far, all first rounders either. If our picks are so bad maybe the rot lies deeper than just an ill informed GM, maybe he’s ill advised as well. Our Euro scouts seem to do a much better job than our N.A. ones. Maybe the scouting staff needs to be looked at as well. This is a results based business. After these last three years every part of the orginization that is responsible for the product on the ice has to be answerable.
  19. 4 points
    Regardless of the size of the players the coach has not been able to get maximum performance from these players. This team is not as bad as it has shown this season. The PP is a perfect example. How can the Hawks have ALL the players in this league that can't play on a PP? There is no way that these players are this bad.
  20. 4 points
    I saw this, and honestly (I'll get eaten alive for saying this, but so be it), I thought Toews could have handled it better. I get it: it's not easy losing a team mate (and this season is a huge disappointment overall), but I personally didn't like his answer; I thought, as a captain, he could have handled it better and more professionally, with less "pouting" so to speak. What really ticked me off, was when Bowman was asked if the Cup window was closing, and he said something utterly stupid to me, which was (paraphrasing): "I don't believe in a Cup window. We need to improve as a team, of course, but I don't subscribe to this notion of a 'window'".....What? Well, you better effing subscribe to it and get your head out of your azz. I just find it ludicrous that, evidently, Bowman doesn't factor age and his core's abilities into the decision-making process, be it how he rounds out the roster and how he signs said core, etc.
  21. 4 points
    Gotta get out of this nonstop mindset that players will waive NMC's to go to their hometown team... Kane to Buffalo, Toews Winnipeg... both guys are now adults, multi-millionaires in a major US city... Toews has a serious girlfriend from Chicago, why would she want to move to Winnipeg? Just because you and other fans think it "makes sense" doesn't mean the player does. On top of that, Winnipeg is in pretty darn good shape without Toews. Do they need him? Look at their salary cap situation, they're under for now. But they need to give Hellebuyck a nice extension after this season and Laine/Wheeler extensions after next season. They won't be able to fit Toews' cap hit with those kicking in.
  22. 4 points
    I do not get why you keep attacking the core guys for their contracts. They get paid for what they have done in the past - as similar players always have. Hossa did not produce as a $7.9 M player most of the time he was here. Why did you not attack him for his contract? in 2015, for example, he delivered 33 points in 64 games (far below the scoring rate Toews is producing this year -- with far superior supporting talent -- playing in a less important position on the wing). Hossa was paid for who he once was, as Seabrook, Kane and Toews are today. You spend what is necessary on your core guys who have earned it. You don't waste it on replaceable support guys like Rutta and Kempny.
  23. 3 points
    Complaining about losses at this point is like the guy on the gallows who says hang me with an old rope.......the new one’s too itchy! GO HAWKS!!!!!
  24. 3 points
    Claude Giroux is a 30yro center coming off a 14 goal,82 game season last year......he'll double that this year. Kopitar's also a 30yro center coming off a 12 goal,76 game season last year......he'll reach 30 this year. These are two of the game's best centers who have regained their form after seasons Toews would have been crucified for! Plenty of hockey left in our boys too! CLEAN HOUSE! GO HAWKS!!!!!
  25. 3 points
    i haven't read many posts in this thread this year but just want to weigh in with some thoughts. I don't want Q gone, I want Stan gone. A coach can only play the players he is given. He was given a roster lacking talent both offensively and defensively. A roster where the older, core players got real old real fast and their play diminished. A roster where the younger players were too young, inexperienced and small to contribute enough. A roster minus Marian Hossa, a future HOFer whose replacement Saad (brought in by Stan at the expense of the 2nd best offensive player on the team) struggled all season. A roster that lost its starting goalie 1/3 of the way through the season and didn't have a legitimate NHL backup. It is not Q's fault that all these factors occurred. He cannot take the ice for these guys and play for them or find some magical fountain of youth. Lots of speculation about him "losing the locker room" and the older guys "not listening anymore"... but we don't know this... we aren't in the locker room. Others say this team needs a "Fresh voice" and "new message" but from who? Who would be a replacement that makes sense? The only way I am OK parting with Q is if the direction is "total rebuild" and due to the contracts of the core I don't think that is possible. If the direction is to spend big in free agency, make a couple of impactful trades and try making another run or 2 over the next few years than I want Q behind the bench.
  26. 3 points
    The nerve of this Martinsen kid flying around and hitting anything that moves... that breaks Blackhawks protocol and will obviously really piss off Stan Bowman
  27. 3 points
  28. 3 points
    Eff off with that light, I just had a seizure!!!
  29. 3 points
    One thing Schmaltz needs to do is go back to Novice and realize that if there’s no one behind you....... YOU DO NOT MAKE A MOVE. You are the last line of defense!!!
  30. 3 points
    seriously? i might be a bit out of touch with such matters but i'd think closer to half of that. i like nik and i think he's got a future here, but if stan gives him 7-8 i'll fly to chicago and turf him from his office myself.
  31. 3 points
    I find it hard to believe that Q forgot how to coach. The players he has aren’t for him and what he wants and or needs. What’s worse is eliminate Q all you want. Stan will hire a new coach and keep the same team. He’s said repeatedly that he likes this roster. Not just GM talk, he kept the same roster up till and after the trade deadline. The players have quit, they’re clearly upset with a rebuild scenario, and I bet none of them would’ve re-signed here had they known this. This is why Stan Bowman needs to go!!!
  32. 3 points
    I like the idea of Tavares more and more T but not the idea of Duclair in the top six.........Big John maybe. GO HAWKS!!!!!!
  33. 3 points
    IMO jack,you do NOT 'sell low' on Brandon SAAD(there's two A's mister)LOL! It's your prerogative to feel a successful,healthy,25yro player is washed up,the same goes for the 29yro Toews and Kane. It's also my prerogative to feel these three forwards could make one hell of a top line next year........we'll have to wait and see. It's still hard for me to understand why you think these guys can't bounce back the way we've seen scores of other players who are even older do this year. Staal's been HUGE for the Wild,Phil helped the Pens turn it in the right direction and Statsny is gonna help the Jets a crap ton too. Kopitar's 2yrs older than either 19 or 88 and his 10.5M looked like a waste last year............take a look now. Take a look at Dustin Brown while you're at it. Big Z's play was goin' down hill in a handbasket for a few years but a couple of good,young D-men like McAvoy and Krug has put some pep in the big man's step and he turns 41 here soon. Turning the good ship Blackhawk around will not be easy but it's pretty far from impossible! GO HAWKS!!!!!
  34. 3 points
    Is this dumb Crawford argument still alive?? Without a quality netminder it doesn’t matter what holes you fill. Exactly ZERO teams win a Stanley Cup by skimping in the crease
  35. 3 points
  36. 3 points
    There is no doubt that certain general managers don't really like to deal with others, especially if the opposing trader has an unrealistic sense of what is fair value. Bowman might have that reputation. As your sources suggest, he might not be liked, and he might not have strong interpersonal skills which does limit his effectiveness. It would be negligent, however, for a general manager from an another organization not to inquire about a player available who could help his team even if he despises Bowman. All teams are looking to improve themselves each off-season. Byfuglien, Ladd and Leddy all should have produced good returns. Each one was just entering his prime productive years. These were Champions with strong resumes. How many teams would not be excited to fit these players in their budgets? Teams pay way more every off season to sign UFAs at ridiculous prices. Teams pay way more every trade deadline to add far less talented rental players. The only logical explanation - Bowman did not get good value because he panicked and did not shop the players effectively. Perhaps he did not fully explore the options available. Perhaps he was impatient and impulsive. Perhaps he overvalued marginal prospects such as Jeremy Morin and Pokka. Clearly, there were better options out there. There was no collusion or conspiracy. Teams weren't shutting out Bowman. He is just not very good at negotiating.
  37. 3 points
    So this was corroborated? Or are you strictly still basing it on Bowman's early trade record? I never really bought this rumor because, even if the majority of GM's loved Tallon that much (for whatever reason), there would still be some who would actually take advantage of that situation and make a deal with Bowman. My point is, even if every single NHL GM was in on black-listing Bowman, there would be a few who would waffle on this supposed league-wide agreement. I just think the perception is that there was some league-wide coordinated effort, but in reality, GM's were just holding him over a barrel due to his cap hell (which they should have done).
  38. 3 points
  39. 3 points
    An alternative view I heard is that the Gus signing may be there for the likely Seattle expansion. That is one thing Stan did very well. Sure, we all wish we could have exposed a bloated contract that's underperforming now, but the guys who at the time were doing well were well-protected and we only lost TVR instead of a 19-goal Hartman, a 20+goal Panik, etc (irrespective of them hitting a wall after the fact, Stan would have been hung in effigy if he exposed either at the time). We didn't even have to expose Darling (and actually got something in return for him!). If the draft rules are the same as they were for Vegas, It certainly wouldn't hurt having 6-7 d-men and 12-13 FWDs that meet exposure requirements, especially if it means not having to expose, say, Rutta. 1.2 might be a bit much for Gus, but it's not putting the team in hock. The core players are taking care of that.
  40. 3 points
  41. 3 points
  42. 3 points
    AA might not be TOP 6 center but it's enough to be the 2nd most usefull veteran in this team.
  43. 3 points
    There are 19 players out there tonight and none should be proud of their work. Most have nothing to crow about this season. There were a lot more reasons than Schmaltz for this season going bad. If Schmaltz would have been gone at the trade deadline, this team would still suck, no matter the return.
  44. 3 points
    I’ve just about had my fill of Stan too but you really don’t consider Schmaltz and D-cat AHL players do you? GO HAWKS!!!!!
  45. 3 points
    Kane and Crow are really the only two players I don't worry about. I think Toews' deployment is more the issue than who he is playing with, and that doesn't resolve itself until we get a defensive center that Q can trust those heavier minutes with, or we drop Q off at the pool. For Toews, so far this season he's taken just under 33% (32.54) of all defensive zone draws. Last season it was marginally less at around 31.5%. In 2015-2016 it was 27.5% - still the highest on the team - but in 2014-2015 Kruger had that honor. To me anyways it's pretty simple. Less offensive zone time equals less points. Q doesn't put Toews out there to take a draw and head to the bench, he has him take the draw and flip the ice. And Saad playing the perimeter game is nowhere near the same player in the defensive zone Hossa is.
  46. 3 points
    A lot of discussion in all these threads about a rift between Q and Bowman. I tend to operate on the premise that what we see in public is very little of the entirety of what occurs in the operation of a major sports team. That said, even the little we are privy to appears to support the notion that there is discord: perhaps between Q and Bowman, perhaps players have also chosen a side as well. Either we are all very wrong in what we (and at this point I am in the school of thought that believes something is amiss) believe we are seeing...or, if we are correct, then the biggest failure is on the part of John McDonough, who has let this situation fester for far too long. Thoughts?
  47. 3 points
    Really like this deal for the Hawks. I'll defer to Don Cherry on Ryan Hartman. "Came into the league as a crusher, scored a couple goals thought he was a rusher, pretty soon he's gonna be an usher" A 1st rounder, Victor Ejdsell (a 6' 5" 214lb) Forward and a 4th rounder. And the Hawks are no worse for the wear this year. All upside for Chicago.
  48. 3 points
    In all fairness, how many points would the great Hossa have achieved here if he had to carry rookies and borderline talent on his lines every night? Did he ever play with borderline players (either at forward or behind him on defence) in his entire career here? .... If not, why did his numbers drop? Why did people here not complain about his declining production?
  49. 3 points
    C'mon puck,at his worst Crawford gave up a softie every 3-4 games,this kid gives one up every time out. Forsberg can look good for periods at a time but you can just about count on hearing Conroyd say "he'd like that one back" every game now. We know how you feel about Crawford but comparing him to this guy is the stretch of a lifetime IMO! GO HAWKS!!!!!
  50. 3 points
    Rutta will be a UFA in a few months. This is a guy I feel worth re-signing. He is right-shot defenceman with borderline top four skills. Likely, fatigue has been a problem for him in recent weeks because he has never played so many games. The time to negotiate with him is right now. I believe he should be re-signed before Monday or traded away.