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    Training Camp/Pre-season

    I'm all for trying anything new because it can't get any worse than last year. Most teams in the league have something the Hawks sorely lack ... a big shot. Duncan Keith's shot wouldn't break through tissue paper (not to mention that he couldn't hit a soccer net). It would be nice to have a decent shooter from the point (i.e. Subban, Byfuglien, Weber, Hedman) and it would be even nicer to have someone who could unleash a one-timer like Ovi, Stamkos, Crosby, Malkin, Laine, Kucherov ...the list goes on. There's just nobody on this team that can fire the puck that hard with a quick release with any accuracy or consistency Sure we see it once in a while but the successful teams that have those weapons design their PP around it while the Hawks just pass it around the perimeter hoping a defender falls down or gets a little lazy.
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    Around The League - Other Teams' News

    I hear ya but with a 37 year old goalie, an underachieving/overpaid Bobby Ryan, an old and oft injured Marion Gaborik, a likely disgruntled Matt Duchene (now that Karlsson is gone - could he be next to go?) and an owner that the fans would love to tar and feather ... I think it's going to be a long, dark and cold winter for the Sens!
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    Chicago Pro Hockey League

    I just read where Drouin's agent is dismissing the injury report as "total B.S." and that he is 100% healthy.
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    RIP Stan Mikita

    I believe it was Kellogg back in the early 70's that had t-shirt transfers as giveaways in their cereal boxes. We would trade them as kids and I must have eaten a metric ton of cereal trying to get Stan and Bobby. My mom ironed them on to a white t-shirt (Stan on the front and Bobby on the back) and I wore that shirt everyday. Mom had to wash it so much the images faded away until almost invisible.
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    RIP Stan Mikita

    Best. Blackhawk. EVER! RIP #21 - Thanks for the memories
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    The Crawford Thread

    Personally, I am giving the player and the team the benefit of the doubt on this injury. They both know what the issue is and what is being done to treat it. How much you or I know about it does not change a thing. If it is concussion related vertigo as has been widely reported, what more do people need to know? Heck, look at all the speculation and opinions being thrown out there without any basis. I could only imagine what all the "experts" would have to say if they knew all the gory details. He is clearly trying to get better and resume his career - something many athletes across many sports have struggled to do and in many cases were unable. Let's rally around the guy and hope he makes it all the way back. Sometimes I wonder how much of the "need to know" is concern for the player and the team versus the quest for dirty laundry.
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    Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    Thanks, I feel a lot better now knowing that Stan consulted his Ouji board or magic eight ball to make this decision. What did he say about Kunitz? "He came into his own back in 2006, he hit his stride in 2007 and his best years are a faint memory, so we only gave him $1M." On Cam Ward? "With the roster we have now, we felt we needed an experienced backup in case we squeak into the playoffs. His agent said he had an offer from another team for $1.25M so I upped it to $3M just to be safe. I threw in the NTC out of respect for his Stanley cup win 12 years ago."
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    Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    What the heck did Brandon Manning do last year to warrant a raise from $975K to $2.25M? Was he really that sought after that Stan had to give him a 230% increase? What a crappy day for the Hawks. For the $6.25M they spent I would have hoped for at least a top 4 D-man or a guy that could pot 25 - 30 goals. Yikes!
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    Stan As Gm

    Yep, the Blues added forwards O'Reilly, Perron and Bozak today and the Hawks got Kunitz. Ouch!
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    Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    I know Kunitz is only making a mil for one year but I just don't get that move at all. It would be one thing if it was a deadline deal to bring in a veteran cup winner for depth but the guy will be 39 before the season starts. Why on earth would they not keep a guy like Duclair who is only 22 years old and has decent upside? Heck, I would have rather they signed Yakupov at the minimum salary and see if they could catch lightning in a bottle. And if they really wanted a grinder type, there were at least 7 or 8 guys much younger than grampa Kunitz they could have had for the same or less money (Wingels, Winnick, Stewart, Pouliot, Gibbons, Mitchell, Upshall, even Hartnell would have been a better signing).
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    Stan As Gm

    What really makes this a head scratcher is that Mrazek signed with Carolina for 1 year at $1.5M.
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    Dan Carcillo

    Definitely agree that it is deep in the culture of competitive sports and starts at a young age. The difference here to me is that the thing that typically stops an athlete is the pain threshold or the visible evidence (scans, x-rays) of actual damage. It wasn't until very recently that the concussion injury was understood so a player (in any sport) could feel little to no physical pain but still be suffering from a traumatic brain injury and continuing to play just makes it worse. Let's face it ... when I was a kid the "test" for head injury was "how many fingers do you see?" Answer right and you're back out there!
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    Dan Carcillo

    He also lays blame with the NHLPA.
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    Dan Carcillo

    I knew Carcillo was having some difficulty dealing with concussion after effects but I had no idea it was that bad. Being a former Hawk and quite close to the core guys on this team it kind of makes me wonder if his message got through to some of the guys and has made them think twice about the future. I'm not blaming him or suggesting that he is the reason they had a bad year but with the success the core has had, maybe, just maybe they decided to pull back a little. Very interesting video if you haven't already seen it.
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    Brandon Saad

    No doubt about it.