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  1. 10 points
    ^ whoever wrote that should never write again, to say a dman who's 24 and 23 has reached their peak and won't improve is the dumbest thing I've ever read. Dmen don't hit their prime till they're 26-27. Keith was playing on a bad knee last year but the guy is a freak physically and should be able to play into his 40's. Seabs didn't have his best year but to say he was horrendous is BS, I'm sure he'll have a bounce back year next season. No way he's done at 32. And to say Forsling lit up the AHL proves this guy is clueless.
  2. 10 points
    The guy has to go down as one of the very best Hawks ever! Best free agent signing that I ever recall also and I can't imagine Hawk's nation without Big Hoss the last eight seasons. Lotta emotions and speculation as expected and for now I just want to thank the player for more than I ever expected when he was signed back in the summer of '09' and wish him the very best! GO HAWKS!!!!!
  3. 10 points
  4. 8 points
    Regardless, Crawford got the job done in his 3 games this year and, in the past 2 games he played, carried the D. That's what's best for the team moving forward: a reliable presence in net that has proven time and time again that they can get the job done and give the team a fighting chance to win irrespective of a softie now and again...*which happens to every goalie*.
  5. 8 points
  6. 8 points
    Sorry to see Kruger go ... I understand it ... just sad another piece of our Cup winning teams leaves. Kruger was the epitome of a good soldier. First and foremost he played his unheralded role well. He took a discounted 1-year contract to stay with the Hawks when there wasn't cap space to give him what he had earned. He gave up his #16 when Ladd was acquired at the TDL. And now, he graciously allows Stan to usher him out of town when he could have made VGK one of his limited NTC teams. A class act. Thanks and good luck.
  7. 8 points
    more games with the hawks than any team. reg. season games with chicago...534. with ottawa 467. he was born to be a hawk. it was always in the cards.
  8. 8 points
    just sign everyone to 1 year contracts from now on.....and the only bonuses are playoff performance driven. perennial winner guaranteed.
  9. 8 points
    one of the shorter fights you will see. i see what you are saying....it*s fun to watch with my morning nescafe and generic low cost irish cream.
  10. 8 points
    Speaking of Kesler.........my son gave me a "heads up" about a video of Kesler getting into a "fight" with young Domi of the Coyotes. I looked up a video on uTube and it was a pleasure to watch, at least from my stand point. Kesler may have thought he was going to intimidate the young Domi, but when they dropped their gloves, Domi's upper cut clocked that weasel of a Kesler and he dropped like the final curtain at the opera. As Kesler was being helped from the ice by teammates (esp. Bieska), it looked like Bieska was asking Kesler if he knew what planet he was presently on, and smiled at the answer. I could watch that video over and over, just to see Kesler get his "money's worth."
  11. 7 points
  12. 7 points
    I wrote the following as a portion to a post on another thread, but decided it needed to be here as well: If an epitaph is what needs to be written even insofar as the Blackhawks are concerned, here's mine: I shall forever miss the Marian Hossa trademarks: Hossa is the single-greatest keeper of the puck I've ever seen. He could have three guys draped over him and likely still come away with the puck. Hossa is one of the greatest board battlers I've ever seen. C-above. Hossa was a master at play anticipation which included consistently taking the perfect Point A to Point B angle in order to make a defensive play. Hossa is the greatest "skate 3/4 the length of the ice to strip the puck from a completely surprised player who was likely creating a scoring opportunity" I've ever seen. Then, he likely creates a scoring opportunity out of that strip.
  13. 7 points
    It had to happen, of course, but so long to Krugs, who at the very least, was a pretty tough SOB who did his job competently and without complaint.
  14. 7 points
    Can't help but think that TVR benefitted from being on a good team all year, while Murphy was on an abysmal team.
  15. 7 points
    I'm gonna respectfully and totally disagree with you Jack. I don't think the team is as bad as you're making it out to be. There's guys like Jagr, Cullen, Hossa, even Selane were all good until their careers either ended or still going. Toews and Kane 29/28, I cannot buy into the idea that they're washed up and are on the downside of their careers. They'll be great for a few more years. Keith will play till he's 40, so he's a young 32 in my eyes. I don't think you're giving enough credit to the NHL, it's very tough to win, I think maybe you took it for granted and now have the notion that it's over. Crosby and Malkin have been absent since 2009. They couldn't get out of the 2nd round until last year. So I think it's very premature to write off the Hawks. They still won the West, and yes got trounced in 4 games, but with a ton of rookies and a few soft players, I don't think they're that far off, it's still achievable, anything can happen, but we do need everyone from the top on down to be on board!!!
  16. 7 points
    Darling also received a limited no-trade package along with the big money. I do think it is time to stop blaming Bowman for taking on these no-trade packages. They are becoming the standard for most UFAs. If you are going to re-sign your players, this is what they want. If Darling gets one with his resume, certainly all the core players remaining would expect one as well.
  17. 7 points
    For those who remember me, I came out of retirement for this rant... There have been many places to look for blame when it comes to this pathetic first round bust, but there are 3 main reasons the Blackhawks weren't ready for a deep run this season: 1. Bowman never addressed the 1st line LW situation 2. The disappearance of Jonathan Toews 3. There's something wrong...really wrong with Duncan Keith We knew all season that the never-ending revolving door on the first line was a problem. Most of us were too quick to conclude that it had been fixed as Toews and Panik got hot towards the end of the season, but we'd be prematurely doing so as it was the demise of our offense. Jonathan Toews disappeared again in the last 3 weeks of the season. We were all fooled by that short stint where he sat up like the Manchurian candidate and did an about-face, but there was a deeper concern for most of the season that we conveniently forgot about. There have been whispers about Duncan Keith's knee possibly needing surgery at the end of the season. The way he's played during the playoffs, I wouldn't doubt it. He doesn't have the jump, and he hasn't been able to make clean passes out of the zone. He's also put himself and the team in some bad spots when he's turned the puck over in low or no pressure situations because it seems his body is unable to do what his mind has set out to do. With all that said, here's how to fix the Blackhawks this offseason: 1. Trade Cory Crawford and re-sign Darling to a cap-friendly deal: I love Crow, and he deserves no blame for this - but the Bowmans don't covet the goaltending position. That $6 million could be spent much more wisely. 2. Fire the assistant coach(es) that were responsible for our anemic power play and horrifying PK...I don't think I really need to explain this one. 3. After trading Crawford, let expiring contracts of aging players go (i.e. Brian Campbell, Michael Roszival). They both sucked this year anyhow. Use the cap savings from Crow trade and expiring contracts to bring in a legit top 6 LW that can play with Toews. 4. Start drafting for the D-men of the future. The Hawks have a very lean talent pool in upcoming quality D-men. They are sorely lacking studs on the back end that can contribute offensively. It's time to start looking for the future Duncan Keiths and Brent Seabrooks as those guys are rapidly aging and can't last forever. 5. For God's sake: Bring in some professional help for our centers that aren't named Toews to learn how to win some draws. Where's Perrault at now? What would it take to lure him in for a assistant coaching position? I'm confident that if these things are done, the Blackhawks will compete for at least another 2 cups before the reign of Kane and Toews is over.
  18. 6 points
    I think I'm gonna be high more the rest of the year! GO HAWKS!!!!!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 6 points
    hawks are 24-21-8 when keith doesn't score this season.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!!!
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. 6 points
    Old Man Crow is having a pretty good start Pat said 3 goals on 104 shots. Too bad he is in decline!
  27. 6 points
    Amen Creatch What are we really talking about? 1. Marion Hossa is tired of playing hockey. He actually wants to retire? 2. Great news! Cap space is available, all that needs to happen is...Hoss agrees to go along with a made up bogus skin condition. Seems far-fetched but... it's just crazy enough to work. 3. Now we have 5 million to put us over the top....never mind we had a guy who earned every penny of those dollars with his production....we're going to find a Hall of Fame player who's the best winger to never win a Selke.....we need that 5 million to sign a guy that's just waiting to come here, because he's out there, despite the fact that every NHL roster is set. Chicago is going to gain cap relief by asking a player that makes them a better team to lie about his health. Makes just so much sense.
  28. 6 points
    My hopes, thoughts and prayers are with you Eddie. I have been critical of you as a fan, but that part of me is insane. The part of me that counts is the one that dearly wants you to be better. I remember meeting you when your brother Ricky was graduating from Incarnation Catholic School in Palos Heights (8th Grade) with my sister in 1984. You had just been selected third overall by the Blackhawks. While our conversation was short, you seemed to me to be a very down-to-earth, humble guy. I wish you all the best.
  29. 6 points
    crow's got a new mask. i like it. i like it a lot. big fan of the matte black.
  30. 6 points
    If Panik had 22 and 44 skatin' on Kane's line all year that'd be one thing but he had that year with a sub-par Toews and who knows who on the other side. The guy answers an important question for the team in my opinion. He's also the most physical player in the top six.........even with Saad's return. GO HAWKS!!!!!
  31. 6 points
    Still don't know what I'm doing when inserting images (thumbnails?) but I was extremely fortunate to have been a guest in the sponsorship green room before the opening ceremony last night. While most attendees rushed to surround Kane and Sharp (Toews and Saad stayed outside the room in a back corridor), many ignored groupings of the young guys and prospects. As I was able to recognize most, I approached many to first take pictures with my nephew and then engage in some small talk and wish them luck in camp and the upcoming season. Most asked if I wanted a pic as well which was a nice bonus. As you can tell, I got a little silly at the end, especially with John Scott.....I had to lose my jersey as I was sweating like crazy but probably didn't need to show my ink. I do need some help with some of the names as there are a couple I'm unsure of. From left to right I believe I met Kero and Louis, Dauphin and two I'm unsure of (Hinostroza?), Connor Murphy (skinnier than I expected), Dcat(as small as I expected), Knott, and Baun, Forsling and Forsberg(?), and of course, Soupy and Scott.....all great guys and seemingly happy to talk with any brave enough to approach!
  32. 6 points
    nice to see The Hockey News had chicago as one of 3 teams that were winners in the draft this year. http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/article/winners-and-losers-of-the-2017-nhl-draft As hosts, they had fun with the proceedings, but they also made some astute picks. Defensemen Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell both bring a modern puckmoving game to the table, which will help replenish the Hawks once the Duncan Keith era comes to a close. In Tim Soderlund, they got a very skilled forward with a fourth-round pick.
  33. 6 points
    people from other fan bases will never be aware of what nik hj meant to this team. this sort of thing is the bad part of cheering for any sports team. i will look what we got back soon enough i guess....but for now.....this just sucks.
  34. 6 points
    Hawks rep would not let me use Hossa jersey on stage for official photo as it was a Reebok jersey and they were only allowing the professional photographer to take pics of people holding the new adidas ones.
  35. 6 points
    Big Hoss had 26 goals skatin' with Markus F'n Kruger for God;s sake,another long summer more than likely results in another 25-30 season if healthy and worth every penny of his hit. The team would of gotten compliant either way somehow and all the chatter around the league is nonsense when you see what's happened the last several years with similar situations. GO HAWKS!!!!!
  36. 6 points
  37. 6 points
    we*ve all seen it 1OO times. might as well make it 1O1. better days against the preds.
  38. 6 points
    never mind the $$....there*s a huge hole to fill now.
  39. 6 points
    We all need to move on at times jack,the Preds series was an embarrassing kick in the guts for an optimist like me. At least you were right in your prediction of failure this year but ar some point right and wrong become yesterday's news. We don't know what the future holds but if I felt the way you do,it'd be hard to follow the team. GO HAWKS!!!!!!
  40. 6 points
    Toews currently sucks? If 49 goals for one of the best two way,FO winning centers in the league the past two years sucks,then Bergeron with his 21 this year must suck too and Kopitar with his 12 @10M must suck AND swallow! I can't say the team is currently built for deep runs with any confidence but the "NHL basement for a few years"? Get ahold of yourself jack! GO HAWKS!!!!!
  41. 6 points
    I agree v,it looked like everyone in the org. was onboard with making them the highest paid players in the league........especially Rocky. At the time of those signings,Malkin and Ovi were @9,5M and had one cup between them,Kane and Toews got 1M more than the other top players due to the six they had between them. Crosby has a 8.7M hit due to his pre-CBA deal that wouldn't be allowed today,Malkin's 30 w/5 left @9.5M and a full NMC and Crosby's 29 w/8 left and also a full NMC. Pen's FO and fanbase went seven years in between cups w/o a single finals appearance in that time span but they kept the faith in their best players........did they not? They also watched the Hawks win three in that time span. Let's see where the Pens go from here,Guentzel has 2 left on his ELC,Rust,Kuhnhackl and Wilson have one. Bonino's an UFA who made 1.9M and somebody'll give him more,young D-men Dumoulin and Schultz are RFA's..........TWO TIME cup winning RFA's at that and we've seen the value that adds first hand. Cullen probably retires and who knows what Kunitz,Daley and Hainsey do but the Pens will see some turnover without a doubt..........cups are worth it.......just ask the folks in Washington,St Louis and SanJose. I don't know where SB and the team go from here,let's hope it's a better place than the other past cup winners LA and Boston have. Tampa and Dallas have been held up as better run examples to follow......where are those teams headed? GO HAWKS!!!!!
  42. 6 points
    They are probably trading Panarin for Burns. Pretty sure it's all about the Defense and the Beard game. Toews and Kane's Beard game is so weak, Panarin just wouldn't help. With the proper beards, we will be playoff ready. Bowman is a genius.
  43. 6 points
    You know what would help the PP? A bag of balls and a little bit of movement. And no, that's not a low rent porno!!!
  44. 6 points
    Hats off to Nashville for taking out the trash. Now if only the Sens can claw back and do the same.
  45. 6 points
    Someone else said this to me, but found it funny. "Is Stan actually looking for Ulf as a coach or to play along side Roszival?" Ulf may actually be an upgrade over Roszy these days. He's on like 1/3 of a foot now!!!
  46. 6 points
    Debrincat might not be ready. But he is certainly closer than any other prospect, and he should adapt fairly quickly. I would take the chance and park him on Kane's left side starting next year. My guess is that the team would not lose that much offence. Bowman could then trade Panarin for a hulking defenceman on a rookie contract with first pairing upside. The team is loaded with small skilled forwards. I can't see a future top six with Debrincat, Kane, Panarin and Schmaltz. One will need to go. The smart move is to trade Panarin right now.
  47. 6 points
    Younger and cheaper, yes. Better? Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.... I know many here wanted Crow to be the one to go, but I can't say I'm surprised that they kept the guy that's won two cups, the guy that should've been the Conn Smythe winner in 2013, the guy that probably finished second for it again in 2015, and the guy that was far and away their best player this past post season (not that that means a ton). Bowman just got a 3rd rounder for a guy that he signed as an undrafted free agent. A guy that put in work and was ready to take the next step and it likely wasn't gonna be in Chicago. I liked him and am sad to see him go, but it was a good move, imo.
  48. 6 points
    Hmmmmm, how donthe Hawks get cap compliant? With all the bonus money, Panera, Campbell, Schmaltz etc. We need 5 million, not including Panera's raise. I have to think Panera skated his last time for the Hawks. The numbers just don't add up, at all. Something's gotta give, I want the best for The Darling. But I fear he's gonna be the real deal, and we missed out!!!
  49. 6 points
    Congrats Hawks. This is your playoff video.
  50. 6 points