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  1. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    Good. I hope that means Rutta is out. Never thought I'd see the day where I'd be desperate for Forsling and Murphy to return to the lineup, yet here we are.
  2. Granada

    Stan As Gm

    Good question -- it will all depend on if Bowman can move out big contracts by the time he has to re-sign them. He has time of Joker and Boqvist, but Schmaltz is an RFA next year. I've always said that this team isn't big enough for both Debrincat and Schmaltz in the top six; and if I'm picking one, I'd have to pick Debrincat. Use Schmaltz as maybe a sweetner to move a big contract at the deadline and go from there. But yeah, either way, it will be hard to sign these guys if the big contracts are immovable. I must admit that I was glad Seabrook was re-signed, but a lot of people were not -- and I was wrong there. On the flip side, I wasn't pleased when Crawford was signed to 6 million. Blaming Bowman for those two contracts is fair. I will say though, personally, that I can't necessarily blame him for the Toews and Kane contracts, even though they will stymie us moving forward. I was glad they were retained and that is the price you pay for winning multiple Cups. His NMC's though were way too generous; he even gave Kunitz a NMC this year.
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    11/12 Hawks vs Canes

    Agreed, especially considering that Kampf had already shat himself by losing that draw so cleanly on the TT PP goal. Then again, AA is weak at draws and Kampf was the next best option. I still would have gone with AA -- you can't get cute at this point by playing guys that should not be out there in OT, completely agree. I like how Foley called out Schmaltz last night again. He made it a point to say that Schmaltz was alone in the middle of the ice, only to pass it to Toews on the boards (in the 3rd period). I was livid at that play, but it helped that Foley called it out. I felt like Guss passed on some chances to simply get the puck on net also. I understand now why Hayden hasn't been in the top six. He reminds me of a Bickell in a way, in that he's huge but incredibly easy to knock off the puck and isn't strong on his skates at all. Hell, Teravainen put him on his azz last night. I like Hayden -- I have high hopes for the guy -- but he's got a longggg way to go before he's a regular top-six player. Seabrook was atrocious. I've been defending the guy for a long time now, but man. I don't know what he was thinking when he abandoned his man to help Keith; it almost looked like he did that on purpose knowing it would lead to a goal, it was so bad. There's just no reason for him to try to help Keith in that scenario; even though Keith was slightly beat, the puck carrier was still relatively contained to the outside of the net and was running out of time: the puck carrier's only play was to either back hand it to Ward (who had the post covered) or pass it to Seabs' man -- those were the only 2 choices, and one choice would have been an easy save for Ward. Seabs has to trust that his goalie can make a save on the puck carrier there and just stick with his man -- that was utterly unforgivable for a veteran to make that play, in my view.
  4. Granada

    Q just fired..

    A lot you're leaving out here, but even so, my main point still stands: Bowman really didn't do zit to construct the main core. It was Smith and Tallon. The only thing he had to do, once he became GM, was find support pieces and make numbers work in terms of the Cap -- which is fine, but much different than being responsible for actually building a core from the ground up. I'm not surprised, but in this particular instance, when a Hall of Fame coach is involved, it should have went down differently. This should have been the exception to the rule, but it wasn't -- now we have Bowman, and you're going to see where that gets us. Many people have said Q should be fired because "he's not good with young teams" (which is ludicrous, considering that's what the Hawks were when he was hired, but I digress). So if Q was fired because he wasn't the right coach for this particular (i.e. rebuilding) team, then Bowman should be fired because he's not the right GM to construct a legitimate core from scratch. Bowman is a "numbers guy," at best.
  5. Granada

    Stan As Gm

    I hear you -- and I don't blame you -- but don't be too much of a stranger! It's definitely going to get ugly now; and has the potential to be ugly for a long time. I can remember saying before Crawford's latest injury that the team should sell him while his value is high; now, I just hope he can be moved. I suppose I was so pi**ed about the Q firing because I realized that, with that, that was the beginning of the end. This ride is over now, and it's time to officially begin rebuilding -- which I prefer, over this "rebuild on the fly" strategy -- but which will be incredibly difficult and which will take an extremely long time. I almost feel like people don't realize how long it will take, if they hadn't been following before this latest resurgence. I do think some players will waive their NTC's. I do think certain contracts can be moved, but obviously the Hawks will need to take bad contracts back (for shorter term, ideally), which will only prolong the rebuild process. Seabrook will be hard to move, but then again, I never thought in a million years Campbell could be either; yet, he was, for a terrible contract in return (Olesz). I wouldn't bet on it necessarily, but then again, nothing is impossible and he will be a top the list to be moved. Keith still has value in my view; even if he isn't a top 2 (which is debatable), he's still a top-4 defenseman, with a very manageable cap hit. But it's like you say: it's all for naught if Bowman can't draft properly, and his record isn't good. We have to pray that Debrincat, Joker, and Boqvist are the real deal; and that Schmaltz isn't just another Stalberg with streaks of decent play every now and then (which is all he's been thus far). We'd also have to pray that Bowman doesn't squander future picks.
  6. Granada

    Stan As Gm

    It matters if you don't have Center Ice. Obviously, you don't get the local feed. I remember discussing a particular player's performance; you chimed in, and I asked you not too long ago if you actually watched the games -- and it was an honest question -- and you freaked out, so it wasn't hard to deduce that you don't. So, you went out of your way to look up when I joined? Who's the creeper now? Fun fact: I only joined when the board made it mandatory in order to read posts; I was reading long before that, and I've been a fan of this team since I was a eight, as long as we're on the subject. I know, I know, I get a gold star. I find it ironic you keep calling me a troll when that's exactly what you were doing (trolling) with your tin-foil-hat picture. Your lack of self-awareness is striking.
  7. Granada

    Stan As Gm

    100% agree. I remember people being mad at him because there was a rumor the Hossa-for-Havlat's-Replacement idea came directly from McD and his need for a big marketing UFA signing. Ironically, certain people thought Havlat was owed better. I was fine with this at the time, because I knew that Havlat was damaged goods to say the least after being Kronwalled, let alone his injury history before that. Anyways, I'm on the other side now and agree that he hopped on at the perfect time. How hard is it to market a winner? We'll see if McD's inexperience now comes back to haunt us; same with Bowman's relative inexperience (if it hasn't already) of building a core from scratch.
  8. Granada

    Chicago Bears 2018/2019 season

    I agree that cold is probably an issue for him -- and if it is, all the more reason to cut him. True, those days are long gone, compliments of the concussion prevention (not that I blame them). How I miss the "Hester in his prime" days, when they used to play Metallica before the kick-off (never was huge into Metallica, but loved that song). Then he switched to "Soldier Boy," and sh*t started to get ugly, haha.
  9. Granada

    Q just fired..

    All true, HIM -- For me, it's more like, "what have you done for me, ever?" He wasn't the main architect behind the core. His drafting history is nothing special. His UFA moves are abysmal, other than Richards and Emery. The only thing Bowman has ever been good at, is trade deadline acquisitions and re-signing the core (in my opinion, but even this is up for debate -- i.e. Seabrook in particular). To me, the guy was (er, is) absolutely nothing special as far as GM's go -- and ironically, he was spared for a future Hall of Fame coach, who was the greatest coach in this franchise's history. Go figure.
  10. Granada

    Chicago Bears 2018/2019 season

    Thanks Gig. Didn't Parky already miss a couple field goals before this latest atrocity? I thought he missed like 2 or 3 already before this game. That makes me doubt he can come back like Mason Crosby, but looks like we'll have no other choice but to find out. Another thing that ticks me off about Parky is that, he seems to kick short of the end zone on kick-offs, when (seemingly) 99% of kickers these days are able to kick it for a touch-back every time. I can understand if you want the kick returner to return it in certain situations, but Parky does it regularly, in situations where you would normally just want a touch-back.
  11. Granada

    Chicago Bears 2018/2019 season

    At least there's some comfort that the Bears are good, considering the current predicament the Hawks are in. Don't get me wrong: I've gone on record saying I'll always take Blackhawks regular season win, even over a Bears playoff win, but nonetheless, it is nice. Oh, and Parky should be cut immediately. Bad move by Nagy.
  12. Granada

    11/12 Hawks vs Canes

    Well, these are some lines. Joker with Guss? Alrighty then. This could get ugly.
  13. Granada

    Q just fired..

    Here's the thing: physical players were fine, if they could grasp the system. It's not like Q never wanted physicality -- he's gone on record calling out players to be more physical, like Brouwer and Bickell to name two he specifically named; Bickell in particular he went after -- but they needed to be "smart" physical players, with decent speed. It was speed more than anything in my view. I really don't think either Bowman or Q sat there while analyzing players and said, "well, this guy is physical -- that automatically eliminates him." I think there were multiple factors, other than whether or not a guy was physical or not.
  14. Granada

    Q just fired..

    I'm only on during work hours. Dude. 😄
  15. Granada

    Stan As Gm

    Yup, good call.
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