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  1. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    I almost feel like there is more pressure on Colliton this year than Bowman. Don't get me wrong: I hope the org. would have the stones to fire Bowman, if the Hawks miss the playoffs this year, but I don't think they will, unfortunately. I feel like they'll simply fire Colliton under the reasoning that his inexperience is why they missed the playoffs, and insert Crawford as the head coach. I always felt like Colliton was hired simply to be another fall guy that is more expendable than a Hall of Fame coach, in relation to saving Bowman's neck, should the need arise (again). And I agree: there is still at least one revolving door in the top six (first line), maybe two. And you still have a hole at 3LC. This is why I disapprove of Bowman's work this off-season: he had three major holes, and up to this point, he's really only filled one (top 4 D). People are excited that Zack Smith was brought in to improve the "PK and face-offs" department, but I don't really see that as a substantial fix (both in the short-term and especially long-term) in either area. When you look at what we did to improve our PK/face-offs, compared to what Nashville did to improve the same areas this off-season, it's no contest.
  2. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    I agree, although I'm hoping that De Haan is more like Murphy than Davidson or Manning. I like to think that, out of De Haan, Murphy, Davidson, and Manning, De Haan is the best. That isn't exactly saying much because, even Murphy, over his entire tenure here, hasn't lived up to expectations at all, but nevertheless.
  3. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Yeah -- because his track record is complete s*it. Besides, you're acting like the majority don't like him and his moves; this is false, at least currently. Myself excluded, many people are applauding him and his off-season moves.
  4. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Appreciate the effort, but no one will ever convince me that 11 million dollars for an "insurance policy" is worth it, I'm sorry. Lehner wasn't the only option out there; and although I haven't researched what the goalie market will look like next off-season, I'd probably bet he won't be the only option then either. Many other posters posted legit alternative options in the other threads relating to this year. Which is it: is Lehner an "insurance goalie" for this year alone, or is he the "goalie of the future." Because if he's simply an insurance goalie for this year alone, that's way too much money to invest in him and it isn't worth it. And if he is the goalie of the future, do we really want another Crawford on our hands (i.e a goalie signed long-term to a ridiculously high contract)? I don't. I'd rather invest a high-salary, long-term contract to a skater any day.
  5. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Are you saying that Crawford will get moved in-season or at the deadline? I suppose anything is possible, but I wouldn't count on that, especially at the deadline (how many goalies do you see moved at the deadline? It's rare, I'd say). And he has a modified NTC, which limits the options all the more, if not entirely. That and again, I don't think a team will want to take a chance on an injury-prone goalie who is in his mid-thirties. The guy doesn't have a lot of time left, assuming he plays at all, after this contract.
  6. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    First Bolded: Okay, bad choice of words on my part, but I think you get my point. It essentially was (a signing) in the sense that, Kahun was making peanuts and Maatta is slated for 4 million. Second Bolded: Disagree. It's 11 million for a goalie tandem. It's already affecting how Bowman conducts trades, as evidenced by this one. I don't understand the logic that it isn't a big deal simply because it's only for one year -- no offense, but that is a lazy argument to me. For a team whose core is getting older the second, a year is a big deal.
  7. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Exactly. Definitely agree about Maata; I feel like Bowman jumped the gun with that signing. And I've already expressed my strong disapproval about the Lehner signing (biggest one all off-season, for a goalie) and tying up 11 million in your goalie tandem, so I'll just leave it at that. I used to feel like this season was make or break for Bowman. I still hope this is true (more than you can imagine), but I'm not so sure anymore, with these signings. A GM who is on the hot seat this year alone, doesn't waste all his cap space on one player who will play half a season, at best. Crawford is definitely gone next year. I like Crawford, but I'm fine with this. I've been advocating trading Crawford for at least 2 to 3 years now, when his stock was high after the most recent cup win. Now, that isn't possible of course. At first, I thought the Lehner signing was a move designed by Bowman to show Crawford the writing was on the wall, which would persuade him to waive his NTC -- but then again, I doubt there is a market at all for Crawford, due to his injury history, his age, and his high price tag for the year.
  8. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Yeah, part of me is hoping this isn't the end and that a 3LC will be brought in, but that's unlikely considering the cap (unless maybe a guy like Murphy is moved or something to open up space). I just feel like, Bowman is basically doing what he did last year with the defense; except now, he's doing it with centers. He brought in a ton of low-level options like Manning, Davidson, Rutta. Now he has players like Quenneville, Smith, Carpenter (Kampf). And it is a bit odd because, he did have cap space to start this off-season.
  9. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Do you have a specific example, because I literally can't recall anyone here ever suggesting that AA could be moved for a superstar (i.e "Playstation move"). And I also don't recall anyone ever saying that bad money would have to come back for AA (well, until now, only after the trade, conveniently). Somewhat typical response to whenever a player gets traded, implying a player wasn't good and/or worth his salary once he's jettisoned.
  10. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Just for the record, he hasn't been over 50% for two years. Last year he was just under (49.1%) and the year before he was 47.9%. He was above 50 for 5 years of his career and below 50 for the other 5. I'm just going by stats obviously, so perhaps I'm wrong, but it seems like many here believe we have a great face-off guy here. I'm not so sure. Improved over AA -- yes -- but I'm not sure he's as good as people want to believe. Unfortunately, his short-handed face-off numbers really aren't good at all, especially the last two years, which seems to be a trend as he ages: https://puckbase.com/stats/faceoff-percentage?player=zack-smith&situation=sh To me, this trade is a mirror image of the Panarin/Saad trade (which I loved at the time), just with two "B" players instead of "A" players. You have AA (the Panarin of the two), with more skill and offensive capabilities; and you have Smith (the Saad of the group) with more size and physicality. Obviously, I'm hoping it works out better than that one did, but I can't be happy with this trade until I actually see that happen.
  11. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Definitely not. He has a modified NTC.
  12. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    I'm not so sure that was always the narrative, actually. AA was always pegged as very cost-effective for what he brings. I can't speak for others, but I wanted him traded with the assumption that a bonafide 3LC was coming back the other way; and I've said many, many times that if that isn't happening, then he should just be retained (as again, his salary isn't atrocious). I suppose it's impossible to ever know, but I feel like, someone would have picked up AA on waivers because his cost is fair for what he brings; but Smith, from everything I gather, is overpaid.
  13. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Point taken Squishy, but then again, why did none of the 30 other NHL teams not pick him up?
  14. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    Agreed. I'm not going to pretend like I know a lot about Smith, but if we're going by the numbers alone, (face-offs being the exception) AA seems like he was the better player and our best net-front presence. I wasn't against trading AA, but it feels like we got the lesser player, simply to save a few bucks and sign Perlini. For a team that was already severely lacking center depth last year, the thought of our center depth being even worse this year is pretty frightening. I hope Perlini is worth it.
  15. Granada

    Hawks Moves 2019-2020

    I think so too, and it's sad how commonplace this is on the Hawks (guys trying to fill in roles they shouldn't be in). Although what's encouraging in this particular instance is that, at least you have a veteran that is in said position, and not a kid (like last year).
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