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  1. You Be The Gm 2018/2019

    I agree with the bounce back years from DK, CC and Seabs. It does all need to happen. As to whether it should, after the last 3 years of failure from Toews, I am not sure what he has left. He could easily bounce back as he is relatively young and talented. However, I just am not sure given his performance the past 3 years. Same for Saad, except reduce to failure to one year. I guess we'll all be around to see what happens.
  2. Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    Absolutely correct, you don't teach "grit", just like in basketball you can't teach "height". You become a tough guy as you proceed through the various steps of getting to the NHL. You don't become a tough guy once you get there. Again, while I think that DCat and Schmaltz are good-looking players, this team goes nowhere unless Toews, Saad and Kane all have career years; or pretty damn close to it.
  3. Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    It takes a lot, but some of your optimism may be rubbing off on me. If Toews, Saad, Kane, DCat and Schmaltz all improve their numbers and 2&7 play like they care, this team may not be too bad and may even be decent. I would really prefer to call them Toews and Saad, instead of Jagr and Sad. It's up to them. As long as he is healthy, I am not worried about Crawford. At least, I am less worried about him than the dmen. SB still has some time to pull off some trades that may additionally help the cause. I'll give him a chance to do what needs to be done; or at least to improve the team.
  4. Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    Better PP production = better numbers from the individuals on the PP and Toews, Saad and Kane spend a lot of time on the PP. I don't care whether they get their numbers from even strength or crush the opponents on the PP, but get them somewhere.
  5. Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    Doing well, Bob. No intent to bum anyone out, I just think that they will need big production from Toews, Saad and Kane to be competitive. A few goals would help that weak D. Crawford can't save them all the time.
  6. Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    Bowman better pull in some serious offensive help without doing much damage to what is already there, unless he manages to trade off guys like Anisimov and Saad and bring better quality scorers. Otherwise, I don't see much improvement on the offensive/PP end of things. I guess they can go back to expecting Crawford to save everyone's butts. Unless, and it is a big unless, Toews, Saad and Kane are all contenders for the Comeback of the Year Award.
  7. Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    I really don't know what to expect from Saad, but I think for what he is being paid, 55 to 65 points should be expected, although, I wanted to exaggerate some. He has to realize that with Kane getting little help, it is up to him and Toews to score. As for Toews, I suppose it all depends on who else is on his line and whether they can produce, but, I think he should be putting up the same 65 for his coins and also do what he usually does. Of course, if his wingers can't do squat, like last year, and Saad chokes again, one cannot realistically expect those numbers out of him. But, if Toews, Saad and Kane don't put up big numbers, there is no comeback for this team. regardless of what Schmaltz and Debrincat do.
  8. Hawks Moves 2018-2019

    I tend to agree with this. I won't make any judgments until I see what trades he pulls off. But, no matter what he does, I don't see a bounce back year unless Toews and Saad have very productive years; and I mean offensively. I don't want to hear about Toews' dot skills and his two way game-----I want to see the guy put up some serious points along with that. As for Saad, I don't know what his problem was last year, but if he expects to last in this league, he better play like he is expected to play. To me, given what he makes, he better put up at least 65 points.
  9. Stan As Gm

    Is he trying to tear the team apart, as you say, and force the core out of their no trade contracts, so he can really tear it apart? Or, is he going to keep them around and make them go through grueling seasons as he rebuilds around them for whatever reasons (mentorship)? Or, does he think he can reasonably expect to get great seasons out of them and with a little help from their young friends have a respectable club? Unless, he pulls off some trades or great free agent signings, I will be very confused about what he is trying to do here.
  10. Stan As Gm

    Maybe this is a team in complete disarray; or Stan is a mad genius, who is in the middle of pulling off the great recovery. I tend to think it is the former, unless he has some great free agent signings coming up this week. So far, he has managed to get older with Kunitz and Ward.
  11. You Be The Gm 2018/2019

    You are right. They would be begging to waive the NMCs. I don't envy Bowman, but I don't pity him either.
  12. You Be The Gm 2018/2019

    So, if Bowman sets up the "tanking" by not making the significant moves as you mention, what the hell does he do with the core? What would be the point of keeping them around, if he is tanking?
  13. Draft 2018

    T, since the reports are indicating that the Hawks aren't even on the list of teams to which Tavares is talking, are you thinking that he won't get here?
  14. Tavares

    If the report I saw was accurate; and supposedly the five teams were named by his agent, the Hawks are not in the running. They aren't even in the walking. But, what the hell do I know?
  15. Tavares

    According to the ticker tape at the bottom of a college baseball game i was watching, Tavares will be talking to 5 teams before free agency starts; and the Hawks were not listed among them. I am only reporting what I saw. He has not called me to confirm, or deny, that report.
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