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  1. Joel Quenneville

    Funny, I thought about that after I posted and saw how it might be very difficult for one teammate to go to the GM/Coach and ask him to get rid of Mr. X. Your post is a good one and explains the situation. Thanks.
  2. Joel Quenneville

    I am not being critical here. But, the way you describe things is kind of odd as it makes it seem like the core can't discuss these things (like the need for a 3LC) with Q or SB and have to keep quiet and keep hoping. If the players (the core) sense that they need x or y to get them going, wouldn't they be able to go to management and inform them of their need/belief and try to get something accomplished. I would expect there to be an ongoing dialogue. Or, is it like North Korea where there is strict dividing line between "management" and the "workers"? Maybe I am reading some of this too literally and there really is a back and forth between the players and management, but I certainly don't have a clue.
  3. 12/14 Hawks vs. Jets

    I responded.
  4. Joel Quenneville

    I'll start with your last paragraph. Early this season after the first two victories and the step down after that, Kane was quoted as saying, in explanation for the downturn, that they were saving some energy for the playoffs and were not going to burn themselves out early in the year, or something like that. So, perhaps, the players bought into what you are suggesting in explaining to themselves why they got hammered into crumpled nails by the Preds. And, perhaps, that may be a guiding playing philosophy this year whether Q knows it, or not. This makes some sense as a guiding philosophy, if trying to win the regular season division crown really, realy, really causes such a drain that they don't have enough left to win in the playoffs. That is what I am not sure of as the whacking by the Preds last year seemed to indicate something other than just having a worn out bunch of Hawks in the series. That may have explained some of it, but I think most of it was explained by a brilliant defensive strategy that shut down Kane/Toews/Panarin and there was no back up from the rest of the crew. In addition, such a philosophy involves the notion of turning on a switch which I think is a risky way to play the game. As to your synopsis of some of the theories that have been propounded by posters to explain the team's play before this 5 game win streak, I buy into some of them perhaps a bit more than you do, particularly #2. But, the improvement I see lately, gives me some encouragement that both the core and the youngsters are on the upswing. I have no idea, at this point, what is their maximum potential, as it hard to say how much more we can expect from guys like Schmaltz, DeBrincat and the rest of the young ones and whether Toews, Kane, Saad and Anisimov will step it up and keep it up, so to speak. Schmaltz seems to be improving noticeably. Does that tell you what I am thinking, or do you have more questions/comments?
  5. Joel Quenneville

    The PP is the perfect example of something that is likely a coaching problem and that is Q's responsibility. It is also true that the one game at Winnipeg does not speak loudly about whether Q should stay or go. My original post is simply based on the idea that Q is not the problem and that he should not be canned. Problems there are; and I think they lie more with personnel, declining skills and attitudes than coaching acumen. I could be wrong and another coach might lead these guys to the Promised Land, but I just don't think that is true.
  6. Joel Quenneville

    Enough about scarves and back to the original thread. Isn't it pretty clear that whatever was ailing the Hawks was not Q's fault enough as to require his termination? Coaches can always improve on their game plans/strategies/line construction, but Q, as I have always said, does not deserve to be fired.
  7. Joel Quenneville

    In the dictionary that defines words by putting a picture beneath each word, this photo will illustrate the word, "D-O-R-K".
  8. 12/14 Hawks vs. Jets

    If these guys get excited and pumped, they should be sky high for Minny on Sunday after this game. This was a superb game and they made the Jets look like some AHL team. To me, it was all due to a very determined effort and hard play throughout.
  9. 12/14 Hawks vs. Jets

    Jets, Schets, what the hell is so good about them when they face a Hawk team that is motivated and plays hard. Hard to figure out this Hawk team. I thought they looked like crap against the Sabres/Yotes/Panthers. Tonight, they looked great. Top notch effort and great defense----too bad Crow lost his shutout. How can they go from crap play to looking like world beaters? I don't get it, but it was certainly enjoyable. The Jets ain't got nothing on these guys. On to the Wild with Dubnyk out. Could be a five game win streak. Congrats to them for a great game and superb effort.
  10. 12/14 Hawks vs. Jets

    Well, who knows, they might surprise the Jets tonight. If anything, the Hawks should be motivated. Time to start beefing up the record against Central opponents.
  11. 12/14 Hawks vs. Jets

    Well, three ugly wins in a row is better than three ugly losses in a row. Regardless of the quality of those wins, they were wins, but it makes me wonder if: a. They learned anything helpful in those games; b. They were inspired or gained confidence in any of them; I guess we will find out when they play a good team tonight instead of the bottom dwellers they have been feasting on. I also wonder if Toews will be wearing his scarf for the game.
  12. Joel Quenneville

    Nice purse, Tazer!!! Was it stuffed with money?
  13. Joel Quenneville

    Is doing that required under the $10.5 contract? Or is that for extra money? Regardless, has the poor guy lost all his pride?
  14. 12/12 Hawks vs Panthers

    My thoughts exactly on each of your comments. Three bad teams and three bad efforts by the Hawks, particularly tonight when I thought they were thoroughly outplayed and outhustled by the Panthers. But, Toews saved them and then Kane did also. So, I guess it goes to show that having some stars around can sometimes save your collective butt. Other than that, that three game series was nothing to get excited about and hardly encouraged. Basically, they did not choke against three bad teams, which ain't saying much. I would venture it will take a far better effort if they expect to get even one point against Winnipeg.
  15. 12/12 Hawks vs Panthers

    Well, given what the Hawks did to the Panthers in Florida, this game should not be too difficult. However, the Hawks just finished with the two worst teams in the league and didn't look too good against either. Florida should give them a little more push back than the Sabres/Yotes did. If these 3 games are looked at a chance to improve the forces and get ready for bigger games, a stern test follows immediately on Thursday against the Jets on their home ice. So, beat the Panthers and on to Manitoba to see what they are really worth. I really have no idea how good/bad this team is, but I would like to see them keep getting better, so they can achieve their maximum potential for this year whatever that is. So, good luck to them.
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