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  1. Pokka made a smart move. The very low contract ($650 K) sets him up to challenge for that reserve spot. If he has a good camp, he might now stick as opposed to Rutta (who signed for an extra $300 K). Why don't more players understand this? Has Jurco done anything to justify his money? He might not even win a job at camp. As it stands, Tootoo has the reserve job almost by default (based largely on his low contract). Bowman needs to provide some real competition for this spot.
  2. I like players with talent. Desi brought nothing to the table. Tootoo provides nothing of value. Rozsival was useful years ago, but he is done. Oduya (even hobbling last year) is still able to help a team in a limited way. Campbell ran out of gas at the end of last season, but he was very good in the first half. Spot him more carefully and he can contribute. Sharp is a wild card. If he can produce at training camp, he is an upgrade on what Quenneville presently has in his bottom six. I would not hesitate to invite Versteeg to camp as well if he does not get any other others. There is no harm in it. Take advantage of these players wanting to play here.
  3. Re the Hossa contract issue: Given the complications of how the LTIR system works, would it not make sense to hold off on filling out the entire roster until after opening night? It is quite possible (and actually likely at this stage) that Sharp, Oduya, and Campbell will not receive contract offers this summer from any team. If I am Bowman, I would invite all three to training camp with no promises made (and no contracts signed). When Hossa goes on the LTIR after opening night, the cap space opened up could be used to sign them. Campbell is no longer a top-four guy, but he is more than adequate as a number six-seven. Sharp and Oduya also could be useful in depth roles if their injuries have healed sufficiently. Bowman might be able to sign all three on one year deals for $3 -4 M. I would be much more comfortable with these three than some of the older European free agent pretenders. I understand the team needs to get younger. But the coach also needs some players he can trust at the bottom of the roster. This is how to upgrade in a cost-effective way.
  4. Is Hossa's salary covered by insurance? I would be surprised if a skin allergy would be part of any plan. If not, there won't be too teams interested in paying him a million/year to sit at home for the next four years. That's a great deal of money for a cash-strapped team to pay for the prospect or pick the Hawks would be offering in exchange. I believe the Hawks will be stuck with the Hossa contract for a couple of years at least.
  5. Hockey is a team sport. Toews needs help. He can't be the first back every time and be the first on the forecheck. Now he has someone to help him. I don't like losing Hammer either. We will see how the young guy develops. I think this was an unnecessary high risk move, and a slap in the face to a quality player. This is not how a team builds a winner.
  6. The real advantage to the Saad acquisition is that it means Toews now has a linemate to help him play the two-way game again. I would prefer Toews not be a checker, but if the coach insists on using him this way, at least now with Saad he has a fighting chance to get the job done at both ends.
  7. The team still needs to get bigger. I believe Debrincat and Schmaltz are legitimate players. Kane already is on board. Three small skilled perimeter types is plenty. There is zero point in keeping Hinostroza. He needs to be moved out for a bottom six physical prospect with some speed and size who upgrades what Tootoo is supposed to provide.
  8. I hated the Crossman deal then as well. But there is the comparison. The Hawks at the time felt they needed to be bigger and more physical - Behn Wilson certainly fit the bill. What these two deals tell me is that the general manager has come to realize that the dead puck era is back. If the league officials are going to allow interference on such a grand scale (especially in the playoffs), teams need to be big and physical. There is no other way around it. LA won two cups with a big lineup -- bending the rules the entire time. The Hawks were completely boxed out against Nashville - rarely getting the opportunity to enter the offensive zone unmolested. Players such as Panarin are just about useless when clutching, grabbing, holding and hooking are promoted as part of the game.
  9. The Panarin - Saad deal had to be done. Panarin is a small, skilled forward. The Hawks are overloaded with these types. One had to go. Saad is an exceptional return. I am not at all sold on the Hjalmarsson deal and don't really understand it. True team-first warriors are extremely hard to find. You build around these types.
  10. * All Clubs must meet the following minimum requirements regarding players exposed for selection in the Expansion Draft: i) One defenseman who is a) under contract in 2017-18 and played in 40 or more NHL games the prior season OR played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons. ii) Two forwards who are a) under contract in 2017-18 and played in 40 or more NHL games the prior season OR played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons
  11. Only four of the names above met the minimum exposure criteria - 70 NHL games played/two years and already signed (Kruger and Tootoo at forward; Van Riemsdyk and Roszival on defence). All the others you mentioned above were eligible to be drafted, but none matched the minimum requirements the Hawks had to meet. Bowman was hoping to trade Van Riemsdyk and Kruger before the draft. He assumed (likely correctly) that it would have been a challenge to lock in any of the RFAs. None would want to re-sign before the expansion draft.
  12. I have a question. If the player is injured and has not retired, I believe he is entitled to his entire salary (whether it be paid by the team or its insurance company - who would obviously demand medical evidence first). If the player has retired, he should be eligible to start collecting the NHL pension (I believe a player begins collecting at age 45). Would Hossa's contract on LTIR for next year ($ 1 M) exceed his pension should he retire? Is there a financial advantage to the player to be injured as opposed to retired?
  13. I'm not surprised. The NHL is boxed in here. They'll have to do due diligence here to appease the other partners. If Hossa and his doctors have their papers in order, the league will have no choice but to back down or risk lawsuits (defamation of reputation). Bettman will want this controversy to go away. He can't win this by pitting one doctor's opinion against another's.
  14. There should be no question that he has the condition. No legitimate doctor would fake a patient's symptom and risk his reputation or licence. I'm sure his progress through the disease has been well-documented. The issue would be how debilitating it really is. You can bet many other players suffer through similar symptoms or worse. You have to wonder how long Hossa has been dealing with it. Would Hossa still be playing if he was five years younger making $8 M plus? Would he be playing if the team remained a legitimate contender? Nobody other than Hossa really knows. It is certainly understandable why other fan bases would be questioning this news. I just don't care. There should never have been a team recapture penalty if the player wanted to retire early. He signed his contract in good faith within the established rules at the time. Nobody should be judging him one way or the other.
  15. I am not a conspiracy theorist by nature, but in this case you do have to wonder why we have never seen the player miss a game because of this condition before. I say good for Hossa and the Blackhawks for figuring out a plan which will work. Stick it to the NHL and Gary Bettman.