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View Poll Results: Which FA woulf you rather have?

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  • MARIAN HOSSA

    6 40.00%
  • BRIAN CAMPBELL

    9 60.00%
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  1. #47821
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    Interseting line combos. I don't think Hammer is replaced by Montador on the 1PK. I also don't think we will be re-signing Campoli but now that he has filed for arbitration, I think it depends on what the arbitrator decides.

    I also think hat it could be a little counter productive to have Kruger centering the 4th line. For a player like him, I beleive that he would be better off playing larger minutes on the 1 or 2 line in Rockford rather than play 5-10 minutes a night as a grinder/energy guy. That is more of a long term development perspective rather than immediate impact. However, I wouldn't be shocked if he ends up there.


    Rockford, pit stop on the road to being champions.

  2. #47822
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    Here's a quicky:

    Montador vs. Mayers
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    Quote Originally Posted by stormbolter73 View Post
    Interseting line combos. I don't think Hammer is replaced by Montador on the 1PK. I also don't think we will be re-signing Campoli but now that he has filed for arbitration, I think it depends on what the arbitrator decides.

    I also think hat it could be a little counter productive to have Kruger centering the 4th line. For a player like him, I beleive that he would be better off playing larger minutes on the 1 or 2 line in Rockford rather than play 5-10 minutes a night as a grinder/energy guy. That is more of a long term development perspective rather than immediate impact. However, I wouldn't be shocked if he ends up there.
    I agree, Kruger won't be up here to play 4th line mins. Tough to grow into your potential playing 5-10 mins a game with 2 goons as your linemates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Assman22 View Post
    I agree, Kruger won't be up here to play 4th line mins. Tough to grow into your potential playing 5-10 mins a game with 2 goons as your linemates.
    From what I hear, Madden may sign vet min and take over the forth...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bleacher Bums View Post
    Exactly my thinking. If they bought him out than that money would probably pay for Arnott and than with the extra cap space we have than we would have more than enough to give an extension to Sharp. I guess Bowman wants to see what he can do because I read a lot that he had a lot of potential but never reached it with injuries and stuff
    according to this
    http://committedindians.com

    we can still buy out Olesz on Aug 1 assuming it can be proven that he is healthy on aug 1. buying him out on this date would also give the hawks a salary cap credit for 2 years.

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    Still wish we would've signed Konopka at $700,000 to center the 4th, but no, Kruger on the 4th isn't the best idea. He should be on a scoring line in the Rock playing both ST units.

    Olesz could very well slot in center for the 2nd line. Check out this HF scout report http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/rostislav_olesz They mention his skill at the dot, and projected him as a safe 1st liner. We'll see, I guess.

    The sh-- apple doesn't fall far from the sh-- tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mano86 View Post
    according to this
    http://committedindians.com

    we can still buy out Olesz on Aug 1 assuming it can be proven that he is healthy on aug 1. buying him out on this date would also give the hawks a salary cap credit for 2 years.
    This is the first I am hearing anything that we would have til August 1st. If that is the case than I could still see their being potential that he gets bought out if he is healthy and we sign a 2nd line center. I do however think the Hawks are high on the potential he has because he has never really had any talent that he played with. Now we will have great players around him so he wouldn't have a lot of pressure on him to perform. I wouldn't be against them giving him a shot this season because he could end up being a solid 2nd line player

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    I'd love to get Dubinski.

    Go Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, and Illini!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABTY7 View Post
    From what I hear, Madden may sign vet min and take over the forth...
    I'd love to have Madden for the 4th line and in case of injury or Olesz isn't able to handle the 2nd line unit, Madden can step up. Great locker room guy, veteran leadership, playoff experience. Would go well with the other geezers Bowman just signed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mano86 View Post
    according to this
    http://committedindians.com

    we can still buy out Olesz on Aug 1 assuming it can be proven that he is healthy on aug 1. buying him out on this date would also give the hawks a salary cap credit for 2 years.
    That's pretty wild how that works out. And by the time the years where we actually have to give him money roll around the cap will have gone up enough relative to the player cap hits that we are locked into long term that it shouldn't be an issue.

    I really hope this is the plan. Hell maybe the Stalberg arbitration was planned for this purpose. I still can't rationalize giving Olesz 3+ on potential that has not been seen by the hockey world since he came up with the panthers.

    I have to believe Rocky has given the OK to bury him in the A if he struggles early if the buyout is not an option. Because I can't believe Stan would be OK with this contract being on the roster all year.

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    One other thing...

    Just saw a story on Carcillo... in the Trib I think.. He says he knows he has a chance to show his skills. Skills besides whooping *****. The story said his nickname on the ice is "Car Bomb".. lol... like you never know when it will go off. In any event.. this team has some character. There was none last year as evidence by comments from Q and Bowman on the teams repeat implosions in games. There are some vets on this team now who will open their mouths when needed.. we need that. Tazer is a helluva player.. but sounds like he isnt the stand up and scream at his team type.. Back to the story... Carcillo seemed very genuine in trying to change his rep. He wants to be a hockey player. He has the hands to score.. 10+ goals in 2 of his 4 years. And he has good wheels.. I think he is gonna be a good fit...

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    Look at Frolik... change is good!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dagwood View Post
    Still wish we would've signed Konopka at $700,000 to center the 4th, but no, Kruger on the 4th isn't the best idea. He should be on a scoring line in the Rock playing both ST units.

    Olesz could very well slot in center for the 2nd line. Check out this HF scout report http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospects/rostislav_olesz They mention his skill at the dot, and projected him as a safe 1st liner. We'll see, I guess.
    Florida had nothing going when Frolik and Olesz were there. Frolik looked reborn here and Olesz may do the same. Florida seems more dump/chase.. He may blossom in our system. He has good size and skill. Give him a shot.. I think this coming season will be good.. I think the division crown comes back to the UC. Detroit looks a little off kilter this year.

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    After the Wild beat the Stars on the final day of the NHL season to let the Blackhawks sneak into the playoffs, former Minnesota forward Andrew Brunette sat in the dressing room imagining the reaction of his former coach.

    "I have been around Joel (Quenneville) long enough that I could envision him at home that night fist-pumping, red-faced and probably having a good belly laugh," Brunette recalled Tuesday on the phone. "I'm sure he got a pretty good cackle out of that."


    Developments last Friday put Quenneville in an even better mood after the Hawks signed Brunette and four other veterans in the first day of NHL free agency. Having spent three seasons under Quenneville with the Avalanche from 2005-08 played a major role in Brunette's decision because he entered the uncertain free-agent period surest of one thing.

    Coach Q is a fan of Brunette's.

    "I'm used to Joel," Brunette said. "I know what he expects. He's an honest coach and you have a lot of respect for him because of that honesty. I know he's going to do certain things. It makes it a lot easier on the mind."

    That background showed when Brunette chuckled when answering a question about adjusting to Quenneville's propensity to shuffle line combinations. Brunette was juggled enough in Colorado before settling in on a line with Joe Sakic that nothing next season will surprise him.

    "I don't know if you ever get used to it, but you learn to expect a tweak here and there and just play the game," said Brunette, who would look good on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

    Or Brunette also might fit well on a second line with Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa.

    The point: Quenneville gains a proven veteran offensive option the Hawks lacked, which makes Brunette the new Hawk most likely to make the biggest impact. Enforcer Dan "Car Bomb" Carcillo might draw the most attention and 39-year-old defenseman Sean O'Donnell may bring the most experience, but Brunette most obviously improves the Hawks immediately.

    "He's a strong guy who protects the puck well," GM Stan Bowman said. "He can make plays, he can finish plays (and) he goes to the net."

    Not that Brunette always goes quickly.

    "I have deceptive speed," he quipped. "I am actually slower than I look."

    That self-deprecating humor reflects the type of character Bowman sought in a Hawks' dressing room that needed an infusion of something different. Nobody knows yet whether the eclectic mix of personalities Bowman signed last weekend will work. But you don't have to be a sports psychologist to know that last year's mix didn't.

    "You get guys who have been through the trenches and don't have that many opportunities left to win the Cup, you bring a little stability, a little hunger back," Brunette said.

    Indeed, nobody accused the Hawks in 2010-11 of having too big of an appetite. Too many nights Quenneville went to the podium after inexplicable losses and searched for words that escaped him. He went through the list of synonyms for urgency by Christmas.

    Perhaps it was easier to see than explain, at least from afar.

    "I watched their playoff series with Vancouver and you could see there wasn't that push-back they needed," said Carcillo, signed specifically to change that.

    A fine line exists. Carcillo possesses offensive skills — scoring at least 10 goals in two of his four full NHL seasons — and playoff experience that made him attractive. But he can't allow the number of dumb penalties in his role as instigator outweigh the good.

    In 57 games last year with the Flyers, for instance, he piled up 127 penalty minutes and engaged in 13 fights, according to hockeyfights.com.

    Said Brunette of Carcillo: "He's going to bring the sandpaper."

    But some polish too, Carcillo promised.

    "I'm not a one-dimensional player," Carcillo said. "Stan and Joel expressed that they want me to play on the edge. They're willing to accept a few bad penalties. I know I don't have the best reputations with the refs in this league. But I know how to stay within that line too."

    One of the first of Carcillo's ex-teammates to send congratulations was Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger. Among the first new teammates to reach out were Kane and Duncan Keith. Carcillo has yet to hear from his buddy Kevin Connolly, star of "Entourage," but would welcome another mention on the hit HBO show that used his name in 2009 on Connolly's character's Blackberry — this time as a Blackhawk.

    Chicago fans, consider Carcillo Dennis Rodman or A.J. Pierzynski on skates; you hate him until he's one of yours.

    "I can't wait to play with the kind of emotion I play with in that building," Carcillo said.
    Brunette, Carcillo happy to be on board with Blackhawks

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