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  1. 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.
  2. 7 points
    The best usage of Kempny in Chicago would have been on the ice to win games, because that is the point of professional sports.But Q has a history of misusing players here in Chicago over the last few seasons. Hinostroza should have never been demoted in the first place. And I beg to differ about his defensive play. His CF% was sixth on the team and his FF% was fifth. He was quite literally helping the team when he was on the ice more than he hurt it. Why no DeBrincat with Kane? Too small? Q's blended together some of the dumbest lines I have ever seen, including leaving Carbomb in the top six for an extended period, yet the obvious like "put the team's best pure goal scorer with the two best setup players" just somehow eludes him literally all season. Size has nothing to do with it, and if in his head it does then it shows both his failure to again utilize the roster the best way possible and coach for success in the modern NHL. Sharp should have been the 13th forward or on the 4th line and nothing more. Let Hayden babysit DeBrincat, who I am not convinced needs it to begin with. But to give him ice time with Toews and Kane? There is no way to defend that or pin that on Stan. Stan didn't get Sharp so Q could overuse him. That's Q being stupid and misusing players on the roster. Just like he did with Roszival, Handzus, Daley, Richards for half the season, Vermette and even Campbell when he returned. How can you have players like Kane, Toews, Saad, DeBrincat, Schmaltz, Seabrook, Anisimov, even the aforementioned washed-up Sharp and have a power play at the bottom of the league? Are the inmates running the asylum or what? I get that you have a narrative to push here against the GM and that's fine if that's how you want to look at it. But Q does not walk on water and he has earned a very, very large portion of the blame for last year.
  3. 7 points
    Good practice for him...since that's about the extent of the 'hawks D coverage (I see the cameraman is replicating Keith's defensive positioning)
  4. 7 points
    Duclair and Jurco should not be re-signed at all -- and if Bowman gives Jurco 1,250,000 especially, he should have the taste slapped out of his mouth.
  5. 6 points
    I liked car bomb, but he did a lot of drugs and drank quite a bit. When your brain is injured from drinking and drugging, it’s not a good idea to injure it further with fighting and running at guys full tilt. I believe ( cuz I’ve been through it) most concussions come due to a result of the head snapping back or being forced forward with an elbow to the head or massive contact to a player when they’re defenceless. I think the nhl needs to clean the game up, what Marchand does and a few others is just ridiculous. Get rid of that and the game will be fine!!!
  6. 6 points
    This season will end in disappointment and anger. So frustrating to watch the Hawks fall short so easily in the playoffs against the Preds and to follow it up with this...season of hockey. HOWEVER, it ain't all bad. To be fair, these guys just look tired and worn out. I think the 2015 Cup run took something out of the guys who were there. It was a brutal duel with the Ducks to get to the final and since the 2010 Cup every team is gunning to beat, even embarrass, the Hawks as often as possible, That would obviously include the physical aspect of the game. Maybe there is a bad chemistry between players because of contracts or whatever else. I dunno, but I do believe they will get better and that they will win another cup in the next 3 to 4 seasons (probably not with Seabrook...sorry but that just slipped out). On that note, remember what this team used to look like in the playoffs? Bolland, Vermette, Niemi, Seabrooks o.t. goals and so on. Ya know what, it is only entertainment after all and sometimes you go back and watch these memories still so fresh on the mind. Do you have something better to do? I hope all of you enjoy this as much as I did. LET'S GO HAWKS!
  7. 6 points
    Tremendous accomplishment for a tremendous player. Hard to believe he will be hitting the 1000 regular season game mark tonight. I know his game isn't what it was, and his cap hit is making things difficult for the team right now, but I am hoping we can remember what he has done for this franchise in his career so far. The 2010, 2015, and especially 2013 Stanley Cups don't happen without him. When the team drafted him in a loaded 2003 draft - even with all the talent there, I think they would be happy to know how things turned out. Major part of 3 cups in 6 years. Contributor to a Gold Medal for Canada in 2010. Leadership in spades. When I was in College I went to Red Deer. At the time Dion Phaneuf was playing for the rebels and would show up to our college parties on occasion. Everyone hated him. It was a special pleasure when Seabrook came to town and beat him up. They seemed to have a tremendous rivalry in junior. Today, when I was reading about the 1000th game, of course, one of the biggest memories was of 2013 - the Detroit series. The iconic moment of going to the penalty box to help Toews screw his head on straight. Then the Overtime series winner. That was a very important win for me personally. I had won 2 tickets (and flights) to Game 1 of the stanley cup finals, not knowing where it would be. The comeback (and subsequent victory over LA) meant that the free trip I won would be to Chicago to see the Hawks. That has still been my only trip to the city so far and may be the only chance I had to see the Hawks at the United Centre. With the lost season I hope we can push aside the contract for a night and appreciate how important this player was to the team - to turning the Hawks from a joke to a contender and then a champion 3 times. To my wife's favorite player. Congratulations on 1000 games.
  8. 6 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!!!
  9. 6 points
    I think I'm gonna be high more the rest of the year! GO HAWKS!!!!!
  10. 6 points
    I'm gonna admit something to myself and to you all. I have been a Blackhawks fan since the mid 60s. Since about 2009 or so I have been spoiled by the success they have had. It is extremely difficult to get used to the recent team struggles. I only hope it doesn't last too long, because the winning years were so much more fun to watch them controlling the play, cycling the puck and seemingly doing anything they wanted to do. I waited many years for that to happen and I think I was fooling myself thinking it would go on forever.
  11. 6 points
    People say - it is time to blow the team up. Bowman Jr. already has blown the team up (several times). He made several unnecessary moves over the past couple of off-seasons which have not worked out. He fired Quenneville's loyal assistant without the coach's input. He traded the coach's most reliable defender. He traded his top sniper. Bowman Jr.'s recklessness is the real problem here. When you break a team down, it takes years to fix it. Players and coaches need to build relationships with each other. They need to know each other's tendencies and habits, both on the ice and off. Teammates are not interchangeable trading cards. They are people. They develop friendships and they rely each other. Sadly, there are only a few core guys now left. Everyone else is gone. The stars are still trying to figure out what they are dealing with. They can't possibly cover up for the entire team. The goaltending is beyond terrible. Seabrook and Keith are almost constantly playing with AHL-calibre partners. The rest of the defence is pathetic. Toews is playing with a rotating parade of borderline pro talent. Kane is easily shadowed and controlled because he is the only scoring threat on the team. There is no secondary scoring. Every team in the league would welcome the Hawks' present core. They are good players with proud histories. You need some kind of foundation to build on. Moving forward, there needs to be fewer changes, not more of them. The only big change I want to see is at the top. Bowman Jr. needs to go before he does even more damage.
  12. 6 points
    hawks are 24-21-8 when keith doesn't score this season.
  13. 6 points
    One more comment for what it’s worth. I know it doesn’t explain the significant offensive problems we have had this year, and we will see lots more changes the rest of this year and in the off-season, but we miss Hossa a lot. Hossa was one of the smartest, most skilled offensive players with and without the puck I’ve ever seen, and a really good defensive forward too. Sad we had to lose him.
  14. 6 points
    Watch other hockey, that’s my advice. Goudreau was invisible the last couple of games, McDavid has been invisible in a lot of games, every player disappears, every one of them. Kane is a generational talent and we are very lucky to have him. By far the best player from his draft year!!!
  15. 6 points
    I know I'm in the minority and it is what it is, but I think again that Marian Hossa's absence is proving how truly great he was.
  16. 6 points
    Hey y'all, I'm back!!! It's been crazy busy for me this past little while, I'm in my senior year at Rockford University and preparing to start student teaching in January so I haven't had much time to come in and post. I have however been keeping up with the boys here, and I gotta say the team looks good so far, although the Kyle Baun trade has me completely heartbroken. I still don't understand why we would make a minor league deal to get a slightly older, lower production guy, I think we could've gotten a better return or we should've kept KB, after all he was on the final year of his contract - it makes no sense to me. I've got serious sour grapes over this one, he was my absolute favorite, and an amazingly hard worker. I had him pegged for the "C" in Rockford this year, up until the trade, he was just an all-around great guy. Alas, I digress... A few things, Jeff Glass's wife just had a baby, so that's why they've been carrying an extra goalie. Vinnie Hinostroza does not belong in Rockford at all, he is playing on an entirely different level than the rest of them, he's an NHLer through and through. I get that he's getting a LOT more playing time out here, but it's ridiculous to see him skating circles around everybody. I'm happy to have him, and he's not the type to have a stink about it, but he deserves a spot in the NHL. The new guy that has really impressed me so far is Alexandre Fortin - strong skater, good instincts, I like this one. In the future, I may give a few updates, but probably not with any regularity. If you guys want me to look out for anyone specific, just let me know. Princess
  17. 5 points
    ...which would be oh so true and oh so a shame. You try your very best to get at least one more Cup with this duo! Even if you fall short, that should have been the way to go and most fans should clearly discern that as well.
  18. 5 points
    That has to do with the fact that Crosby, Malkin and Kessel are playing the way leaders are suppose to play, they didn’t suddenly fall of the earth and come up with a magnitude of excuses and expect the kids to lead the charge. Instead, they practice what they preach and players like Guetzel and Rust grabbed the bull by its horns and ran it. When the kids see the vets playing like they don’t care, that attitude will trail right down the line, and that’s exactly what has happened. When your core of the team are playing at an AHL level you can’t expect much.
  19. 5 points
    I think his ability to call games this season has been a painful one for obvious reasons. He lives and dies with the Hawks like most of us.
  20. 5 points
    It'd be easier to learn how to read Mandarin than your comments.
  21. 5 points
    pretty much the same timeline for me as well...likely a full blown fan since '68. i agree with all that you say. the winning has made the losing a lot harder to take. but when it gets bad, i just tell myself "i've seen my team win 3 stanley cups in my adult lifetime." that usually helps.
  22. 5 points
    I think the fall came rather quickly. I also think this season still demonstrates how fortunate the Chicago Blackhawks were to have #81 for all those years.
  23. 5 points
    What a deplorable effort today, downright embarrassing. This team is nothing but a draft lottery pick. How can a team be so nonchalant when there season hangs by the coattails. I am fully aware it’s only 45 games in, but nothing in there gameplay exemplifies a team that is a playoff contender.
  24. 5 points
    According to researcher James Mirtle, the league average height is 73.3 inches. The league average weight is 201 pounds. In Chicago, the only two forwards who match or exceed both these numbers are Bouma and Saad. Neither does by much. Quenneville is regularly dressing three of the smaller players in the entire league (Hinostroza, Debrincat, and Kane). Combined, these three are playing about 50 minutes/game. This is almost certainly the smallest (and physically weakest) collection of forwards this team has put together in my lifetime. That's no exaggeration.
  25. 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.