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  1. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/redeye/redeye-blackhawks-marian-hossa-20150605-story.html
  2. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Hossa may have played with the longest stick of all. Moreover, he often used it well with just one hand!
  3. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    This is very encouraging. I would add it was nice to see that Brandon Saad joined "the training group" recently. He certainly tends to be "up and down" too much. Often times, that can be a stamina issue.
  4. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Here! Here! (for the record, I was on these boards saying, once the writing was on the wall for the CanuckleHeads, "Why don't they just trade the twins?" not realizing this very important aspect to the game)
  5. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    ...which is especially surprising give that Stan stated that he, even though invited, didn't have to cancel his vacation to be there. Why wouldn't you give your best?
  6. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    I've decided to change the name Sikura to Sick-ura because that's how his presence makes me feel.
  7. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    You HAD to bring that up! I was having a good day. Oh, we should now have a team that would stand up for our GT's, no?
  8. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    ...not arguing with you Bob. I just wanted to bring up what I thought was an interesting and very involved analysis of the contractual situation seen by this individual as it is compared with all the other teams and he heavily accounts for their future contractual obligations as well. I love #19 and #2.
  9. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    I'm not a big fan of having two goalies being paid that much money either. That said, goaltending is often one of those positions that we, as fans (and apparently many GM's), do not tend to think much about in terms of its utmost importance even when it is that position that often wins Cups. Insofar as the Hawks are concerned, they missed the playoffs in that tough division by how many points? 6? That's three more wins. The Hawks have an inordinate amount of back-to-backs this season. One of those pairs of games are typically given to the back-up tender. Lehner could easily give the Hawks what they need for the second games. Few teams are able to say that. Additionally, CC is surely in an "injury prone" situation. If and when his concussion issues manifest themselves, we have no worries. Moreover, if it seems that CC is "done," then Stan might be in the driver's seat to extend Lehner.
  10. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Yes, he didn't like the Toews contract. I also presume that he's implying that although Toews had a great year this past season and perhaps may again this season or the next, his status as a "200 Footer" will soon rear its ugly head and there will likely be significant decline (as MVR has often alluded) as has occurred with many of his his ilk.
  11. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    I so get what you're saying and it seems to be a league-wide practice over the past couple of years especially. However, in the face of this, the Seabs contract is especially burdensome given this current strategy towards success. The article also made negative mention of both the Keith and Toews contracts. Kaner's was left alone because I presume low-contact wingers can exact a great return at an older age. Keith is seen as being "in the twilight of his career" and unworthy of what he's making even today. This entire article is about return for one's money and the Hawks are seen in very poor shape in this regard,
  12. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    https://theathletic.com/1078201/2019/07/17/by-the-numbers-grading-every-teams-contract-efficiency/ The article from a magazine called "Athletic" does not shed good light on the Chicago Blackhawks contractual/cap situation compared to almost the entire league. It especially frowns on the Seabrook contract which it terms the worst return in the NHL and won't see the light of day any time soon. I am feeling ok about this team these days, but this was not an article I needed to see. It's not like I didn't know where the Hawks were contractually; it's more about the comparison to other teams. The one thing I will state about this massive tome (you'll need to scroll down for days to get to the Hawks and there are no subtitles) is that it does not include the AA salary shed (to some extent).
  13. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Yes, Krugs scored that OT goal, but I don't think he scored on a penalty shot. That was indeed Frolik and was it ever large. It, along with Handzus' goal huge in Game 6 against Detroit, the Hawks came back from the dead down 3-1. Then, there was Game 7's heroics which included the penultimate goal by Seabs benefited by Bolland's amazing check.
  14. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Regarding your Kruger comment, that's why I suggested 4C would be too wasteful for Smitty. He needs to be on Line #3 to earn his chops as well as PK and the size and sandpaper game. I think Krugs is clearly inferior although I will always respect him for his Cup service. Krugs also has been making what is arguably the same as Zack given today's market.
  15. GigECJ

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    This trade gets me back on track with Stan's Summer. The Joker deal for me was indeed a joke, but this team is now hard to play against IMHO. To those who expect Zach Smith to play 4C, I'd say he'd be way overpaid there. More importantly, I think he's too hockey valuable to be on that line. We get a solid third line player with size, grit and character who wins more than 50% FO's and helps shore up the PK, a chronic bugaboo the past couple of seasons.
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