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  1. Hawks Rumors 2018/2019

    I keep seeing Hawks fans pining for Pacioretty and/or Skinner and willing to give up Schmaltz in a trade. WHAT? I think those Hawks fans are selling Schmaltz WAY too short. Not only is Schmaltz still on his ELC contract and only 22 which means the Hawks control him for years to come. He improved from 28 points in 2016/17 to 52 points last season - plus is is a natural center even though he still needs more growth in that area. And Hawks fans want to trade him for Skinner - who is 26 with 1 year left on a $5.7M contract and then he turns UFA after the coming season. He is a winger who averages about 50 points per season (49 points last season). A nice player - sure, but he's not going to get appreciably better and Schmaltz already exceeded his point total as a 21 year old. Schmaltz for 1 year of Skinner - no way. Or, Pacioretty - who will be 30 a month after the season starts and has 1 year remaining on a $4.5M contract, after which he will be UFA. He's averaged 60'ish points per season over the past 6-7 seasons but scored all of 37 points in 64 games last season. And some feel a Pacioretty for Schmaltz trade is a good long term plan for the Hawks? C'mon! Here's the problem - many Hawks fans want to maximize Kane/Toews/Keith while they are still top players - but adding Skinner/Paccioretty and subtracting Schmaltz will not move the Hawks into legitimate Cup contender status - it won't. The 2018/19 season should be used to build toward the 2019/20 season if not the 2020/21 season.
  2. Defensive prospects

    Going into the 2017 draft there were no solid top-4 d-men in the pipeline - tons of bottom pairing / AHL caliber d-men but really none that you could bank on. Forsling had promise so maybe he was a "maybe" but that was about it. All the rest of the bevy of Swedish d-men are less promising than we had hoped - Gustafsson, Svedberg, Dahlstrom, and about 3 dozen others. Likewise with the NCAA and guys playing in Europe. There was no d-men in the system that projected good enough to replace the core d-men of the Cup winning years - Keith, Seabrook and Hjalmarsson. No one. Then Stan drafted Jokiharju in the 1st round and Mitchell in the 2nd round in 2017 and they immediately moved to the front of the class. After seeing Jokiharju and Mitchell play their 2017/18 seasons, they solidified their positions as the top two d-men in the prospect pool. Both are projected to be top-4 - probably not #1 or #2, but certainly a #3 or #4. Then Stan drafted Boqvist and Beaudin in the 1st round this year and the both joined Jokiharju and Mitchell in the "top-4" prospect group with Boqvist projecting to be a #1 or #2. We went from having no one to replace Keith, Seabrook and Hjalmarsson to now having 4 legit top-4 d-men in the pipeline.
  3. RIP Klemmer

    I wasn't active on hockey boards before 2009 (hell, didn't know they existed) but when I did join Klemmer was one of the main posters (along with the guys PuckJim posted). I recall him saying many times how much he hated cancer so I knew something was going on with him and cancer and I could be wrong but I got the sense he lost his wife to cancer and he was on a mission to fight against pancreatic cancer. I never met him and once the board split off I didn't see him post nearly as much. Sometimes change just sucks and this is one of those times.
  4. 1/20 Hawks vs Islanders

    How the mighty have fallen. I remember when Hawks fans used to laugh at Islander fans when they boasted their "JT" was better than our "JT.". Remember when there was a legitimate argument that Toews was the best all around player in the league. Those days are long gone. Toews is at best a slightly above average player. He's still relatively young so maybe he can regain his skill set, but as of right now he isn't the same player he used to be ... and without him, with a diminished Keith, a retired Hossa, and a bunch of young guys who can't maintain team defensive structure ... it's turn out the lights, the party's over. And now with Crawford down, they went from a barely average team to a bad team. And one more thing ... how's that Saad/Panarin trade looking now? Yeesh!
  5. 1/12 Hawks vs Jets

    They got out-muscled in the first but played much better in the last 40 mins. Pretty good effort all around. Glass was fantastic. And I liked what I saw from Duclair. Happy days.
  6. 1/12 Hawks vs Jets

    Does anyone on the Hawks put extra time in practicing shooting? Saad is another one that can't hit the net.
  7. 1/12 Hawks vs Jets

    Much better period for the Hawks - aren't getting stuck in the d-zone as much as in period 1. Hartman - WOW has his shooting been terrible lately. He better get his shot working or Q will find someone else to play with 8-88.
  8. 1/12 Hawks vs Jets

    The PK looked good. Here's hoping the PP does something good tonight.
  9. 1/12 Hawks vs Jets

    And yet ... he keeps shooting, which is essentially a turnover.
  10. 1/12 Hawks vs Jets

    Someone should put a picture of Toews' hands on a milk carton. He just can't control the puck on his stick anywhere close to what he used to.
  11. 1/12 Hawks vs Jets

    My goodness - men against boys. Have the Hawks won any one-on-one battles yet. The Jets are bigger across the entire lineup and they are smothering the Hawks.
  12. Hawk Moves 2017-2018

    DeBrincat has been bounced around from RW to LW and on all three top lines playing with different linemates with regularity and he still is 4th in scoring on the Hawks and tied for 2nd in goals. He's scored only 1 goal and 1 assist in the last 5 games and apparently that qualifies as "wasn't the same afterward". MERCY! I don't know ... maybe it's just me, but I think DeBrincat is doing just fine, especially given the yank him all over the lineup treatment by Q.
  13. Hawk Moves 2017-2018

    DeBrincat has much better offensive game than Hayden - not even close. Hayden has much better phyiscal game than DeBrincat - not even close. Hayden's physical game is easier to replace in the lineup than DeBrincat's offensive game. For the record, I like Hayden and think he's played his role well. I would have rather seen Bouma out of the lineup than Hayden.
  14. Hawk Moves 2017-2018

    So DeBrincat with 14 goals and 27 points (4th on the team) should have been sent down instead of Hayden who has 3 goals and 11 points. O K A Y
  15. Hawk Moves 2017-2018

    How did you get that number for Hawks' TDL cap space?
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