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  1. I agree with part of this, but not wholly. I agree that there are many moving parts within an organization (coaches, players, scouts, front office, administrative, medical, player personnel, etc). What makes a successful organization, in any sport (or company, for that matter), is procuring, developing, and retaining talent at all positions. Like any organization, there are people managing everything. For the Blackhawks, the buck stops with Bowman. As such, this is Stan's team.
  2. didn't shero have malkin, crosby, and fleury fall into his lap? i'd venture to say any gm could sniff a cup with those players. good grief.
  3. holy smokes, there's no pleasing you
  4. congrats on 300 pages! WE DID IT!!
  5. I appreciate Tallon's history as a scout and recognize how that helps, however, I see nothing wrong with a manager empowering others to make assessments and using that information to make informed decisions. Bowman being the head of hockey ops for this organization, I think he's done well in developing a long-term strategy. However, that's a tough act to sell in this thread, so instead, I'll submit, why won't Bowman give Igor Makarov a fair shot?
  6. it's been nearly 24 hours and no one has given a +1 for some of sly's finest?
  7. I don't think it'll be a mess, but for that reason, I see Bolland being moved at the draft. For the money, Shaw is the better option on the third line. Last summer, I felt Bolland was untouchable. Now, he's expendable. Having said that, I'm not sure who plays on the second line. Probably someone from within the organization, such as Kruger or Pirri.
  8. T, I hear what you're saying. However, similar to last season, if this team does fail in the playoffs, would you put the burden on the GM, Coach, or players? I think we've seen what this roster is capable of. When healthy and playing to its abilities, they're tops in the league. If they fail in the playoffs, there would certainly be blame to go around, but I don't think that's management's fault. Health is an uncontrollable variable, but if healthy, it comes down to execution. We've seen this team has the ability to be a cup favorite. Whether they execute accordingly is out of Bowman's control, in my opinion.
  9. BUT HE'S SO GOOD IN SHOOTOUTS (in nhl 13) !!!
  11. does iginla win face offs over there on the wing?
  12. T, while I agree you have to tip your hat to Q, I think you're definitely oversimplifying and, thus, discrediting other factors. The roster has remained virtually unchanged for the past two seasons. In terms of coaching, what is so different now? These past two seasons, we've seen this team at its best and its worst. I'll tip my cap to everyone in the organization on this one.
  13. best forum ever, am i right?
  14. We obviously seem to point to 2010 as the benchmark, but one thing that is often overlooked is how long those guys played together and how long individuals were given to develop. It's tough to merely reload.
  15. Is Bowman simply counting beans? Is he being instructed to by management? Is he saving this cap now for a bigger pay-off? We obviously don't know, but like you, I'm somwhat perplexed by this. If there is a good reason for taking reserves who are all injured (and you would think management has one), I don't see it.