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  1. Stan said the buyout was for Rundblad to give him a fresh start, even if it adds an extra $300,000 to our cap over the next two years. It's not huge money but it does show why many consider the Hawks to be the class of the league and why free agents want to come here (above all the cup winning and all that!) - putting the players first. Not a big price to pay for good PR.
  2. Leddy could skate like butter, Soupy-lite when Q would trust him on the PP, but it's been awhile since we've had that option. Really excited about having BC back on a Richard-like team friendly contract, although I do suspect there will be a couple million in bonuses that will factor into next year when Panarin is due for the big bucks.
  3. I'm betting this is an insurance move - he's still recovering from the ankle break so he'll be out for the immediate future. He's on LTIR for the first bit and Hawks bring him back if the new/young guys aren't cutting it on D. His contract is small enough that it can be fully buried in the AHL if needed, or he's claimed off waivers. His contract really doesn't have to mean anything to the Hawks' salary cap if they don't want it to, so they could still sign some of the PTO's, but at the same time still allow Rosie a salary for his committment to the Indian Head and world-class facilities and trainers to ensure he is taken care of in his recovery. I like the move, shows class, and as much as people hated on Rosie, he was rock solid in the Wild series and the Hawks really felt his absence the next two series.
  4. I always like this part of the year when all the haters have to eat Crawford crow for criticizing Bowman for making the deadline moves for the team that hoisted the cup. Vermette is not a good fit here, losing Smith will kill our PK, Kimmo can't keep up, etc. Once again Bowman has proved he knows how to retool a team and he'll have another big test this summer. Congrats on another well earned Stanley Cup to the Bowman legacy.
  5. Remember when Rozsival was the worst Hawk ever and Rundblad deserved to be in the lineup? Hear that music? That's the Karma Chameleon.
  6. We were playing some weaker teams during this stretch, but we were also getting outplayed by many of them. Crawford has had to absorb a lot of shots. He's the only reason we hung around in the Rangers game and made it out of the first two periods against the Sharks. Crawford was, as Q would say, "ordinary" coming back from his silly concert injury, but since Kane went down he's returned to early season form. He deserves a lot of credit, because all those all-star forwards haven't been all that great in front of him lately.
  7. I believe Stan addressed every team need at the deadline (depth D, 2nd line center, 4th line toughness) and also addressed the impending cap crunch next year by shedding salary in the process. Tough not to be excited to see how the new look roster is going forward.
  8. Said it in the Kane thread...last three notable collarbone breaks in the NHL: 5.5 weeks, 7 weeks and 9.5 weeks. Vermette would have to get injured in the regular season for your prophecy to happen even if Kane's healing takes longer than average.
  9. Stan should just resign so the Blackhawks can save dollars on bandwidth for the message boards.
  10. Crow hasn't been the same since he partied a little too hard at that rock concert. The best save I've seen him make in the last little while was at the All-Star game. Hopefully he returns back to the form he displayed at the start of the year. Hawks need to go on another run here for their other monster road trip.
  11. Still floors me sometimes when I look at Cap Geek that this same great team who has won recent cups iced guys like Steve Montador, Fernando Pisani, Nick Boynton and Sean O'Donnell in the not so distant past.
  12. Last year the concern here was that Crawford would not elevate his game to match his bigger contract. He has thus far, and he's been the dependable last line of defense we've needed him to be. He made some highlight reel saves throughout the circus trip, and the last two goals he's let in were both pretty fluky. Crow is just the steady, positional big body the Hawks' disciplined D scheme needs.
  13. Last I checked this was the Crawford thread, so I'll post on the man of the title. I've been really happy with his play this year - solid and dependable. He's not really making the big showy saves that the sports channels like, but he's doing all the things the Hawks need to stay in hockey games. Hardly any softies this year either. Through and through, he's probably been the best Hawk thus far this year - near the top of the stats (is that a bad word here now?) in GAA and S%. Hope he keeps it up.
  14. With two rookies in the lineup to start the year, our D was supposed to get worse. Nobody told Crawford. Great showing so far, hope we keeps it up and shuts up all the haters.
  15. You know it's summer when we've got to suggesting trading Toews for prospects.