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  1. Brandon Saad

    I hope Saad is watching the finals, because every Washington player does what Saad needs to do. Sadd can skate, handle the puck, shoot and pass with any of them. His downfall is his refusal to be a dominant physical force. If he had half of Tom Wilson's energy and drive, he would be unstoppable. I'm not saying he has to fight or play dirty (like Wilson), but, he has to at least instill some fear in the opponent. Right now, most of the time he just goes through the motions.
  2. If rough start, who is first to go?

    I agree that Q blew it with Kempny. I don't agree that he sucked. If I'm not mistaken, he was leading all Hawk defencemen, if not the whole team, in +/- when he was traded. He was traded because he was on an expiring contract and will be unrestricted. Hawks felt they couldn't offer him what he going to get on the market and with his play in the playoffs his value has done nothing but increase.
  3. Blackhawks Eulogy

    Hopefully Saad will rebound. One thing I'd like to see out of him is to be a lot more assertive on the forecheck. One thing he cannot be accused of is delivering many meaningful hits. He uses his body to defend the puck. What he needs to do is become more physical when he's trying to get it. He's fast enough and big enough to play like a power forward but you'd never know it by the way he plays. Maybe he could take some pointers from Martinson, or, watch some film of T. Ruutu during his days in Chicago.
  4. Martinson

    Why hasn't this guy been in Chicago all year? Is he playing over his head right now trying to impress for next year? Maybe, but he has shown more jam in the few games he's played than the rest of the forwards combined. The way he laid out Paryka last nite was priceless. It seem he gets at least one huge hit per game and he's no slouch at handling the puck either. Again, I ask, why wasn't he called up long before now?
  5. 3/06 Hawks vs Avs

    Gus was very good tonight and I don't say this just because he scored a flukey goal. Berube was outstanding as well.
  6. Ryan Hartman

    I've been harping on this for some time now. None of the Hawks larger players, except for Bouma and the recently departed Wingels, will ever be accused of playing "hard". The most contact they get is when it is initiated by the other team. Haydon has the potential and played hard, but for some unknown reason, he's stuck in Rockford. At the end of every game the hits be both teams are tallied. The Hawks are routinely outhit by more than two to one, and often much worse. This is one of the reasons they are one of the least penalized teams in the league, but what good does it do them. Even when the other teams take penalties, there is no worry as the Hawks PP sucks.
  7. Ryan Hartman

    Really like this as well. Nashville has done an excellent job of identifying Euros. Just look at their lineup. They just can't eff up the first round pick. If only they can move AA.
  8. Okay Our Defence?

    Plain and simple, the Hawks defense either can't, or won't, clear the front of the net. Last night was a perfect example of what has been going on for far too long. All three LA goals were scored on screen shots or deflections. LA players were allowed to set up shop right in front of Forsberg and there was no effort to either remove them or tie up the stick. Not one of the d-men last night were willing (maybe they can't) to make the Kings pay a price for standing there. Ask Toews, Anisimov or Hartman what happens most of the time when they try to set up shop in front of the opponents net. Seabrook used to play semi-physical but no more-he may as well be in a non-contact league. Keith, Osterle, Gus are too small --they try to play goalie instead of defense. Murphy has the tools but no toolbox and the newest addition, Dalstrom plays like the typical Euro--no meaningful contact. Bowman made a huge error when he traded Johns to Dallas without even giving him a shot. Go get Manson from Anaheim
  9. Ryan Hartman

    He will be an RFA this summer and he does not play centre. Since you asked, in my fantasy world, here's what I would do. First they have to get rid of Seabrook's contract and might I even suggest Keith. Second, they have to get some mobile bruisers on defense. Similar to the Blues Pareyko and Edmundson. Third, they have to get Haydon back up and playing top nine minutes- I'd like to see him given a shot with Kane and Schmaultz. Hartman has regressed a bit this year but he still has value so they should spread the word that he's available. Arty should also be shopped. Fire all the special teams coaches, although the penalty kill is much improved. If none of this makes a difference, perhaps Q has to go. I doubt this will give anyone much hope, but it's time to change some of the old guard. JT is my favourite player but he is being asked to do too much. I guess when you are paid like he is, it is expected, but therein lies a big part of the Hawks problems. They are paying too many guys big money for what they did yesterday, not for what they can do today and tomorrow. This falls directly on management.
  10. Ryan Hartman

    On one hand you seem to be complaining about a "tiny" roster but you pencil in Sykura and Soderlund. Do you realize these guys are both "tiny". Another thing, Ottawa is not trading Stone and he's not a centre.
  11. Will the Hawks make the playoffs?

    Hate to be a Debbie downer, but, they were lucky against the Preds. They played well until the 3rd. How much iron did the Preds hit? But, the Preds goalie also played very well keeping the Preds in it in the 1st and 2nd. If the Hawks could have scored a few, maybe the Preds don't come out so hard in the 3rd. But back to your question, if Q keeps the lines together and they can very well make the playoffs. I can't say enough about Hino. He plays with Toews and Saad and sparks them. Then, for some unimaginable reason Q takes him off Toew's line. All he's done since is make whoever he is playing with perform better. Kinda reminds me of Lou Angotti in the 70's.
  12. 1/24 Hawks vs Leafs

    Hino, again, was one of the best Hawks out there. No one has yet to explain why he was taken off the Toews line.
  13. Joel Quenneville

    Agreed, they don't need an enforcer. If memory serves me right, Secord scored more than 200 goals over 7 or 8 seasons-so he was hardly a typical enforcer. But he was a guy that protected his linemates and made others think twice about manhandling them. The Hawks routinely get outhit by a wide margin which should result in more powerplays but as we all know, the Hawk's powerplay sucks so the opposition has no fear of taking penalties.
  14. Joel Quenneville

    I agree with you 100% on the Hino issue. As I have expressed before, he actually lit a fire under Toews and Saad. So why take him out of that spot? As for the defense, I gave up long ago. No one knows who's playing with who from game to game. Keith needs a bruiser to play alongside him. Seabs used to be that guy but no more. Duclair did look good with the Cat and Kampf, but all of a sudden the line is busted up. One last thing. It was bad enough getting pumped by the Isle on home ice, but when Hartman gets rag dolled by Johnston and there's no response, it's unforgiveable. I know Hartman's a tough hombre, but the size mismatch and resulting beating should have at least resulted in a third man in to stop the carnage. I know Schmaultz and Kane were on the ice, but, there-in lies the problem. Savy and Larmer had Secord riding shotgun for them. There's no fear playing the Blackhawks anymore. You only have to go back to 2010 when a bunch of kids took on all comers. Included in that bunch were Big Buff, Eager, Burish, Fraser, Dowell, Brouwer, Bickell and Boynton. Not exactly a highly skilled bunch but, any of these guys would have responded to Hartman getting pounded. The new age Hawks have no young guys like this. Wingels and Bauma try, but they play together, get limited ice time and neither is a spring chicken anymore.
  15. Hinostroza

    Hino has lit a fire under Toews and Saad. Every time they're out there, something is happening. Too bad none of them got an assist on Osterle's goal last nite. They all deserved one. Schmaltz, Kane and Hartsy have rekindled the chemistry they had before Schmaltz got injured. Kampf has been a real good addition to the third line as well with Sharpy and AD. For the life of me I can't understand why Panik got in against Vegas while Hartman sat. Wingels, Bauma continue their crash and bang style and Hayden is learning every game. I like the lines as they are, except for Panik. He has lost all confidence and is more a hindrance than help when he's in.