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About rogermexico16

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  1. You Be The Gm

    Yeah, this was all TT with his head down around the blueline. I thought Barker kind of took it easy on him, if it's the same situation against another team, TT would probably be out cold. Starting out in the AHL will do him good, but he did look really good yesterday with Carey.
  2. Stan As Gm

    Half of the posts in this thread are about the thread itself. And now this is a post about posting about the thread. It's like some kind of postmodern nightmare. This thread reached its epic proportions because it was a catch-all for all of the drama that's gone on in between Cups, and finger pointing always goes to the top. As such, I'm sure it'll be around as long as Bowman is if we let it. And that's fine.
  3. Stan As Gm

    Well, I'm totally fine with someone not liking Bowman, or his decisions, or the composition of the team, etc. But if someone's going to run around basically calling everyone else stupid, and then claim "proof" of something that's obviously false...
  4. Stan As Gm

    No, history proves that the better you do in the regular season, the better your chances in the playoffs. http://www.puckreport.com/2009/04/playoff-seeding-and-stanley-cup-wins.html
  5. Stan As Gm

    Great post and I agree with all of it. But this last part isn't technically true. The Hawks could go 15-4 and not win the cup.
  6. Stan As Gm

    There is one place where I think the Hawks need to be more physical, and that's on their own forecheck. Mostly because I think that would give them more options on the break in. They get tied up at the blue line too often, and a couple guys who can be a real force down low will give them better odds of getting the puck back quickly on a dump in. I don't really see the Hawks getting worn down by the Blues or Ducks, more like frustrated, which causes mistakes.
  7. Stan As Gm

    I think what opposing teams have figured out is that an aggressive forecheck is the key to stalling the Hawks puck possession game. This is not necessarily the same thing as playing more gritty against the Hawks. Preventing an organized breakout will often cause the Hawks to jam up in the neutral zone, therefore making it harder for them to sustain offensive pressure, which is how the Hawks dominate games. When you say teams are playing more physical against them, I take it as you saying that physical presence either intimidates or wears down the Hawks, which I don't think is the case. If that's not your point, sorry. I think a lot of posters here don't see the lack of physicality as a problem, for the reason I just explained.
  8. Stan As Gm

    Says who? Morin's 8th in the AHL in goals. Unless you're hanging outside of the Hawks hockey opps meetings with a glass to the door, I'd be inclined to believe otherwise.
  9. Stan As Gm

    For anyone who wants to check, you can crossreference these 2 pages. I have important stuff to do, so I can't right now. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Stanley_Cup_champions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NHL_trade_deadline
  10. Stan As Gm

    Well, yes, but that's not really a fair comparison because there is only 1 Pesident's Trophy winner per year, 2 conference winners per year, and 6 division winners per year. Odds will always favor 6/16 over1/16. But by Rob's chart you can make 1 for 1 comparisons and see that the #1 team in the league followed closely by the #3 team for some reason has historically done better. Also, I agree I'm not trying to argue with you, in fact I think we're pretty much saying the same thing. I just have to make others see my side of things when I go out and dig up even a little research because I'm weird like that.
  11. Stan As Gm

    Nope, out of 1 through 16 it's still best to finish at #1 than any other position. Look at Rob's chart. 1) 5 winners 2) 2 winners 3) 4 winners 4) 2 winners 5) 2 winners 6) 2 winners 7) 2 winners 8) 1 winner 9) 0 winners 10)1 winner 11) 0 winners 12) 0 winners 13) 1 winner 0s on down.
  12. Stan As Gm

    Lower tiered teams don't win cups, last year was a bit of a fluke. For any particular year, the odds that one of the 6 division winners will win is far more likely than not. And being the #1 seed increases the odds further, Canucks notwithstanding. http://www.puckreport.com/2009/04/playoff-seeding-and-stanley-cup-wins.html It's great to have some grit on a team, but pure skill wins just as well. There are many ways to skin a cat.
  13. Stan As Gm

    I think there are many different ways to put together a winning team. It doesn't seem to be a matter of finesse beating brawn or vice versa; there have been teams that dominate through sheer skill, overpowering physicality, puck possession, dull trap-style defensive systems, combinations thereof, etc. What matters is either knowing what players you have and tailoring your system to fit their strengths, or having a blueprint in place and piecing together a team that works well within that system. Either way can work.
  14. Stan As Gm

    Speaking as someone who has fancy degrees himself, I'm pretty sure if you have a degree in law from U Chicago, they probably told you not to make a false apeal to authority. I might not always agree with everything anybody here says, but Rob's points are always cogent and deserve to be considered in and of themselves. Whatever schooling he has or doesn't have is irrelevant.
  15. Stan As Gm

    Well, for one thing Kruger is, what, 21 at most and he's waaaaaaaay better than St. Pierre who is 30. Do you realize how mind-blowingly amazing the Hawk's PK has been? This is hardly "nothing to show for" sticking with Kruger and Frolik. St. Pierre has been given multiple chances with multiple franchises, and he's never been able to do much of anything in the NHL. All you're doing is looking at the guy's AHL point numbers. He's a good mentor in the A, that's pretty much it.