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  1. You Be The Gm 2018/2019

    I agree with this post, but.... part of being a GM is having a long-term plan across the board, which is why they are paid so much... if it was obvious that a kid like Beach or that russian kid (forget his name right now... Makarov maybe?) weren't going to crack the lineup, then they should have been dealt before they flamed out. At one point their stock was high, and you sell high. Dealing them at their peak could have been used to bring in better players or higher draft picks to help keep the machine churning.
  2. Awful News! RIP Ray Emery

    very sad... I always liked Razor even before he was a Blackhawk and then he was sensational and a big part of bringing home the 2013 Cup that performance against the Flames was certainly memorable I'll also never forget a game where the Blues were being their typical dirty/cheap shot selves and Emery, from the bench, got into a war of words with Barret Jackman and you could see mouth to him a challenge to meet him in the hallway between periods... and as he was mouthing it he was "flexing" his fist....
  3. Hawks Rumors 2018/2019

    I think the $7 million is based on current market levels for a guy with his talent who can play multiple positions. I mean I don't see him getting less than $6 million and I can see Stan easily being talked into giving him 7. I hope Stan/Q have figured it out but do you have faith they have? How many kids have we seen come through here that they couldn't figure out? Feels like quite a bit though maybe I am wrong on that. But it feels like many talented kids have either been traded too early, kept too long or fell into that nasty gray area where it was clear GM/coach didn't agree on what they were.
  4. Hawks Rumors 2018/2019

    I think Schmaltz poses a huge dilemma/debate for many around here. The big negative is his size, another small guy on a team full of them so he's redundant in a sense. my thing with Schmaltz is... what is he? And I think this coming season is a big one for him. Yes, he's still very young but is he a potential top-line level scorer or more of a glorified 3rd liner like a slightly more talented Versteeg? He goes through hot stretches where he looks like the 2nd most offensively talented player on the roster (behind kane) and then he goes through cold stretches where he's invisible. And, this was a knock on him when he was drafted... that at times he's the best player on the ice and at times he might as well have taken the night off... consistency has always been his issue So, the question becomes: if they are trying to win again in the next 1-2 years and they can get an established 35+ goal scorer in return then you deal him... if they are looking at 3-5 years down the road maybe you don't... but then the next layer becomes... is he worth the $7 million per year as rumored? I have to say no to that as of right now
  5. Hawks Rumors 2018/2019

    Bowman is definitely working the phone lines, that's for sure. As I said yesterday, he's in on Pacioretty, Panarin, Skinner/Faulk (seems least likely as Carolina wants back a ton for both guys) I think he winds up acquiring a top-6 forward and signing a defenseman.
  6. You Be The Gm 2018/2019

    not as of right now... too early really I'd imagine there isn't one or it doesn't last long... league is churning pretty well... cap keeps going up, teams are making money, tv deal is good... I'd imagine only minor things to sort out
  7. You Be The Gm 2018/2019

    no, I haven't heard anything about the likelihood of a lockout 91 years away lol
  8. You Be The Gm 2018/2019

    I don't think they'd have to part with much to land Pacioretty or Skinner/Faulk... Anisimov, a decent but not great prospect and a 2nd rounder... If they were to sign Orpik to a cap-friendly 2-3 year deal it costs them nothing in terms of players
  9. You Be The Gm 2018/2019

    Bowman's free agent signings suggest he wants to try and re-tool on the fly, not rebuild and aim to be competitive again in 3-5 years. With the ages of Toews/Kane I can't necessarily say I blame him
  10. You Be The Gm 2018/2019

    One thing to consider is that they will have $20-21 million in cap space after next season, so... depending on other moves, I suppose it is possible to re-sign him...
  11. You Be The Gm 2018/2019

    There are 4 names they are going to be significantly linked too, now... Skinner, Pacioretty, Panarin and Faulk They can comfortably land one without sending back/out a decent contract... they can land 2 if a player like anisimov is dealt out or they can trade for 1 of the forwards and then maybe sign brooks orpik to a 2-3 year deal... he's 37 but he's a helluva defensive defenseman and a proven winner stan clearly believes this team can rebound and win now, especially if crawford is healthy, or he wouldn't have signed veterans like kunitz and ward
  12. Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    he wasn't? Kempny never looked in Chicago the way he did in Washington Rutta was a pylon like Roszival Gustafsson was inconsistent at best. Same with Forsling before he got sent down for good. Dahlstrom had moments but wasn't overly impressive, either. Look, I am not saying Oesterle was anything special, certainly. But compared to the rest of the garbage they had along the blue line last year he certainly stood out more often than not among THOSE guys. No, dealing him away isn't going to crush this team I just don't get how Stan continues to get ripped off. Taking back Kruger's contract should have been enough of a thank you. Throwing in Hinostroza certainly should have been enough. Including Oesterle on top of all that just doesn't make much sense to me.
  13. Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    Hearing they are close to acquiring D Justin Faulk from Carolina with this open cap room Not really a fan of this, to be honest, as the guy can never stay healthy but it would be SOMETHING positive at least I'd rather they go after Max Pacioretty since they'll have like $20-21 million in cap space next summer, plenty to re-sign him
  14. Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    compared to the rest of the crap they trotted out there last year, he was....
  15. Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    I was specifically referring to stan's obvious intention of handing schmaltz an insane deal with this saving in cap space he's not going to use it in a big trade or free agency... he's going to give schmaltz $7 million per year