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    Stan As Gm

    Problems aside. The team just isn't as good as most think. This has been going on for a year and almost a half. The finger needs to be pointed where the true problem's lie. The GM. He has done nothing but jettison more and more guys. And for no apparent reason. Cap space is good. But if it needs to be spent, it needs to be spent. The GM spends his time looking for bargains. Well, Cheap work isn't good. And good work isn't cheap. I highly doubt you can make a team out of bargains. I'm still not convinced that the "core" can do it on their own. I truly feel that they need a real supporting cast. And right now, they're proving me right!!!
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    Joel Quenneville

    Leave the first line alone, then online 2 go with Fortin-AA-Kane. On line 3 Schmaltz-Kruger-Saad. 4th revolve Kunitz-Kampf- Hayden-Martinsen. Maybe Schmaltz and Saad do better against a lesser talented matchup!!!
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    Okay Our Defence?

    That’s what happens to mediocre teams when the pressure to score is on. If our dynamic duo isn’t going, we probably lose. If Toews or Kane get injured, I’d have to say this team may actually rival the 74 capitals!!!
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    Brandon Saad

    Maybe not the best case Ontario here. But I’d seriously consider Saad, Gustafson for Nylander. I think Gus would be a huge hit with that offense. We have Murphy and Forsling coming back, and hopefully a couple of Boqvist, Beaudin, Mitchell, etc can make the Hawks over the next couple of years too, so giving up Gus wouldn’t hurt as much. Nylander played with Mathews, playing with Kane should net the same. I’d also like to see Schmaltz get us another 1st rounder where we take either the best dman available or the best centermen!!!
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    10/18 Hawks vs Yotes

    I’ve really been watching the pp. What I’ve noticed is this; The Hawks are a “North/South” team. The Hawks under Q have been awesome 5 on 5, due to their quick transition game and fast outlet passes. That’s where the problem lies on the PP, the team has zero way of making guys chase them up the ice on the PP, there is no “North/South” advantage on the PP. I feel the best way to make the PP work is to start off slowly in our zone, draw in a pker and then lead with a quick outlet pass and treat it like an odd man rush. If they clear the zone, it benefits the Hawks due to them getting to try it again. Our guys are programmed to move north south and not laterally, Kane is the one exception. Although I’m a huge Q fan, the only way to ever correct the PP is to get him out of there, and let the guys play a traditional pp. The only other option I see is to just shoot as much as possible with traffic in front, but no one seems to screen!!!
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    10/18 Hawks vs Yotes

    This why I thought in the summer would have been a great time to trade him. I feel his development is just about done, and we know what we have. I’m sure he’ll get points due to playing where he does, but what we see most times is not winning hockey. He’s not going to grow a bag of balls over the season, he hates contact, he won’t go anywhere that requires any form of human touch, even when Q pats him on the shoulder, he moved to another place on the bench. He’s afraid to score in case he has to embrace his team mates, it may hurt him, and so on!!!
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    10/18 Hawks vs Yotes

    Yes, I did before the season. Bob I love ya cuz you’re the “grand optimist, I am the worlds poor pessimist”, but I think we’ll see this a lot more than we care to. The team isn’t really that good, and even Kane has sucked 5.5 outta the 6 games, he’s had a couple minutes each game that he was great. Toews cannot carry this team to the finish line. I believe at some point the Hawks will lose a good 6-8 in a row...... again!!!
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    10/18 Hawks vs Yotes

    Great outing. This type of effort is what I expect most of the way forward. This will get us last pho sheezy!!!
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    10/18 Hawks vs Yotes

    I’m at the bar after the Spits game, and everyone here was yelling shooooooot, and of course he did the opposite!!!
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    10/18 Hawks vs Yotes

    Schmaltz needs to shoot at least once this season!!!
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    Stan As Gm

    I agree Bobdidleyob. My dog is 1/3 wolf, and he’s usually at the door. So you’re bang on there. I’m with you, I don’t mind one small guy per line, but to have 2 or all 3 on a line being tiny isn’t good for winning Cups. I’d like to see a trade in the near future. And due to cap restrictions, I think Schmaltz is the one to go. I can’t see paying him even 5 million. I’d also have to think his development is close to complete and this is what you’re getting with him. I believe the team is better without him. He avoids contact like a pastor avoids death metal, and he’s terrible at faceoffs, and he has a pass first and second mentality, he’ll get points, he’s not a total quagmire, but he’s a very poor mans Panera, not needed. Many teams want players like him, all they want is a bit of flash to sell tickets, I hope there’s some creative GMing in the near future!!!
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    The Crawford Thread

    Ya, it looked like he had a 2x4 across his back shoulders with a curtain for his jersey that just took up the whole net. Garth Snow was never ever ever an NHL goalie, the equipment made him money. Good for the nhl to rectify this problem!!!
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    Around The League - Other Teams' News

    Really? I think Benn wasted him, even when Benn went down to one knee, Wood missed, and Wood seemed to miss with most of his, I don’t think that was even that close!!!
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    The Crawford Thread

    They cut the goalie equipment back again, one of the reasons why scoring is way up again. I think it’s good for the game, goalie equipment is there to protect, not to make the save for them. It’s not much fun as a shooter to have absolutely nothing to shoot at. I hope the days of 1.97 gaa are over. I’d love to see the lowest gaa at 2.87 like it should be!!!
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    Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    I don’t believe Panera was dealt as a cap casualty, he and Saad make the same thing. Stan said he wanted more term than 2 years, and Saad at the time gave him 4 more years. Could we afford Panera after this year? Probably, so why he was traded is an enigma. I wonder if the Hawks try and get him back at the trade deadline? At that point Panera will not re-sign and they may wanna get something for him. All this is if the Hawks can keep pace with the west. I still think either way he’ll be a Hawk, This is why I feel Schmaltz is expendable, I’d rather pay a Panera than him. Trade Saad and Schmaltz, sign Panera this off-season, and keep breaking in kids to help keep the cap under control. Dcat-Toews-Kahun Panera-AA-Kane Id rather see this going forward!!!
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    Brandon Saad

    Could be, but that wouldn’t describe his play away from the puck, and even when he has the puck, he’s making plays that just make him look disinterested. If he’s afraid of contact, then he’s afraid of it everywhere, which renders him useless!!!
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    Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    It’s starting to seem that way. Tortorella doesn’t hold back, and he sounded off on Saad, so I have to think it may be true. That’s very alarming and the proof is right there, if there is a trade to be had, I’d do it, before he becomes a negative trade value!!!
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    Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    I agree, must have an Elephant somewhere. Imagine if Forsbergo goes on waivers due to CC coming back, and Saad a healthy scratch on the same night, that has to go down as one of the worst trades in recent memory. I did like the trade at first. But when I heard Fonzys comments on Saad, it made me think. Fonzy said he was lazy and needed linemates that did all the work, like, I dunno Toews and Hossa!!!
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    Alex Fortin

    Ya, but Ms Piggy didn’t make it into the tree, the branch broke!!!
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    Alex Fortin

    Aren’t all Québécois related? (Sorry HiM), I believe Crawford and Fortin are related too, with uncle Denis Savard around the corner!!!
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    Brandon Saad

    I sure hope stan is listening to offers for Saad right now. I think Saad May just be sick of hockey. There’s not many guys that look that disinterested in their jobs, and keep it!!!
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    Brandon Saad

    If I were stan, I’d be beating down Waddels door seeing if he still wants Saad for Faulk, we could use some extra D and they could use a........... anyways, I’d make a trade with Saad in it soon because his value will be negative real soon, and we’ll be stuck giving up more assets to dump him!!!
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    Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    I agree Bob. Nothing against a smaller player or 2, but “2s company, 3s a crowd, 4s too many and 5s not allowed”. Plus we got many more coming at not very big or smaller than we got. At some point we need to trade from a strength or abundance and aid a weakness!!!
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    Brandon Saad

    Hahahahaha, he’s tough on the kids, if they don’t skate as hard as they can, he threatens “plow” work for them. He says plow is very hard, hockey easy. At the end of their games or practices, he skates them to death. But they get in amazing shape, and his off ice workouts are amazing. Teaches them balance and “explosiv legz”. I think Saad should try this out, he’d skate behind him yelling Soviet slogans at him. You should see Pavel’s son, this kid is 8 and playing two levels up, and leading the league in scoring, so there’s something to his training!!!
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    Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    I don’t care if I’m right, it’s just the way it is. I don’t live in a world of hoping, if something isn’t working, I go out and make something else work, and I’m sure the Hawks don’t go off of hoping either. Can Sikura still make it? Sure, but he has to show massive strides. Right now it’s early, hard to judge, he has 1 goal 3 assists in 4 games for Rockford, he’s also a -1. The longer he’s down there, the worse off it is for him!!!
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