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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. #52396
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    Another reason to look at Q for the team issues. In the press conference the other day, Q admits to not getting after the players when they hit that awful slide. How does a coach with his rep for chewing *** allow that to happen. Has the Cup and all the money flowing to him and his beloved core of players made them soft? WTF! You stand in front of the media and admit you did not do the needed things to get this team playing correctly?

    Then idiot Bowman starts talking. Q and Bowman are miles apart in their work relationship. Unless something changes, this team will do nothing. Totally ignoring the issue of Bowmans failed attempts to fix the roster, there is a total disconnect between the two of them. How does a team work with that? The players will no doubt see it. This is a joke. Either someone up high needs to step in and fix this or we are in trouble. If the HC and GM dont work well together, why bother? After watching that press conference, I think more then just an AC is gonna go. Either those two sit down and work this **** out, or make a change. Im still wanting a whole sale coaching change as it is. Bowman is an idiot, but Q is stubborn and does **** his own way. Lepisto was not a great D pick up, but he was 1000% better then concrete skates John Scott. Yet Q sat Sammy for the bulk of the year to play Scott? As a coach, you may not always agree with the players the GM gives you, but you as a coach are paid big money to coach those guys. Go to war with what you have Q... Have them prepared. Yet Q leaves out one the biggest warriors on the team for the bulk of the Yotes series. Im still wanting to know why he sat Mayers for Morrison. WHY????

    Its just amazing that a team that is two years from a Cup is coming apart at the seams. Bowman blew up the roster and is still trying to figure out what to do while Q allows the circus to skate around the ice unprepared and unmotivated. I swear its like the '85 Bears all over again. Mike McCaskey got control and destroyed everything. Now its lil Bowman playing GM because his daddy got him a job and Q well... nuff said. Its more then simply bringing in new players. We have a crisis up top that needs to be fixed.
    Last edited by 1990; 04-27-2012 at 12:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b1e9a8r5s View Post
    I understand about Smyths and Penners size, but I don't think Smyth would come here and don't like Penner.

    I get that we would aquire Gagner via trade in your scenario but we still have to agree to a contract with him. I'd want to have a pretty good idea about what he'd costfor before comitting to a trade.
    Judging by how his stats haven't gone up too much, I would imagine we'd sign him for less than $3 million. Probably around 2.5ish, maybe a little more.

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    Like cubfan23 said.........I also heard from a Blackhawk source that he will likely need neck surgery.

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    That doesn't mean he has an injury to the spinal CORD. An injury to the cervical spine itself, maybe, but if he had a fracture or ligament injury to the cervical spine that was unstable and leaving him with neurological symptoms, wouldn't he have had surgery by now?

    I looked up max pacciorettys injury from last year when he was run into the turnbuckle by chara. He did have a cervical spine fracture and a concussion. Apparently it didn't require surgery, but he spent a few days in the hospital for observation. Hossa leaving the hospital on the night of the injury would, I think , speak against any fracture or big issue with the cervical spine or cord. Looking back, I'm pretty sure hossa leaving the hospital under his own power the night of the injury is true. I think that was even reported during or after the TV broadcast that night ( or maybe the next morning , can't remember )

    Also, would there be any reason for dr terry not to release information about this? I don't know. It's not like they're still playing. Maybe it has to do with potential offseason roster plans or the upcoming CBA negotiations. Just guessing here.

    I hope the info you and Cuban 23 got from your sources turns out to be not true for Hossas sake. I think we all hope that and Hossa is on his way to recovery. Thanks for sharing it, though. Sometimes that's all we can go on since the team is always so mum about this stuff.
    Last edited by Ort; 04-28-2012 at 10:55 AM.

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    Chicago Blackhawks Off Season Rumors, Ideas & Updates

    Discuss anything about the team in the off season. Rumors, possible trades, free agents, etc.

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    Can someone post a list of who the UFA will be this off season.. And for some comic relief check out the latest Yard Barker story about the Hawks. Its talks about trading for Joe Thorton. I know, what a total joke..

    http://www.yardbarker.com/nhl/articl...plore/10661777

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    UFA Goalies
    Cristobal Huet, Chicago Blackhawks, $5,625,000
    Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, $5,200,000
    Dwayne Roloson, Tampa Bay Lightning, $3,000,000
    Antero Niittymaki, San Jose Sharks, $2,000,000
    Chris Mason, Winnipeg Jets, $1,850,000
    Michael Leighton, Philadelphia Flyers, $1,550,000
    Dan Ellis, Anaheim Ducks, $1,500,000
    Tomas Vokoun, Washington Capitals, $1,500,000
    Jonas Gustavsson, Toronto Maple Leafs, $1,350,000
    Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils, $1,250,000
    Scott Clemmensen, Florida Panthers, $1,200,000
    Alex Auld, Ottawa Senators, $1,000,000
    Martin Biron, New York Rangers, $875,000
    Johan Backlund, Philadelphia Flyers, $800,000
    Ty Conklin, Detroit Red Wings, $750,000
    Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild, $750,000
    Yann Danis, Edmonton Oilers, $650,000
    Andrew Raycroft, Dallas Stars, $650,000
    Curtis McElhinney, Phoenix Coyotes, $625,000
    Al Montoya, New York Islanders, $601,000
    Ray Emery, Chicago Blackhawks, $600,000
    Brent Johnson, Pittsburgh Penguins, $600,000
    Curtis Sanford, Columbus Blue Jackets, $600,000
    Nathan Lawson, Montreal Canadiens, $550,000
    Mike McKenna, Ottawa Senators, $550,000
    Jason Bacashihua, Philadelphia Flyers, $525,000
    Matt Climie, Vancouver Canucks, $525,000
    David Leggio, Buffalo Sabres, $525,000
    Drew Macintyre, Buffalo Sabres, $525,000
    Peter Mannino, Winnipeg Jets, $525,000
    Scott Munroe, Pittsburgh Penguins, $525,000
    Dany Sabourin, Washington Capitals, $525,000

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    UFA Forwards
    Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals, $6,700,000
    Ryan Smyth, Edmonton Oilers, $6,250,000
    Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils, $6,000,000
    Brian Rolston, Boston Bruins, $5,062,000
    Kristian Huselius, Columbus Blue Jackets, $4,750,000
    Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes, $4,550,000
    Daymond Langkow, Phoenix Coyotes, $4,500,000
    Dustin Penner, Los Angeles Kings, $4,250,000
    Jason Blake, Anaheim Ducks, $4,000,000
    Brad Boyes, Buffalo Sabres, $4,000,000
    Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks, $4,000,000
    Jarret Stoll, Los Angeles Kings, $3,600,000
    Jochen Hecht, Buffalo Sabres, $3,525,000
    Jaromir Jagr, Philadelphia Flyers, $3,300,000
    Andrei Kostitsyn, Nashville Predators, $3,250,000
    Niklas Hagman, Anaheim Ducks, $3,000,000
    Olli Jokinen, Calgary Flames, $3,000,000
    Ales Kotalik, Buffalo Sabres, $3,000,000
    Ray Whitney, Phoenix Coyotes, $3,000,000
    Jiri Hudler, Detroit Red Wings, $2,875,000
    Jason Arnott, St. Louis Blues, $2,800,000
    Jamie Langenbrunner, St. Louis Blues, $2,800,000
    Samuel Pahlsson, Vancouver Canucks, $2,650,000
    Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche, $2,600,000
    David Jones, Colorado Avalanche, $2,500,000
    Saku Koivu, Anaheim Ducks, $2,500,000
    Mikael Samuelsson, Florida Panthers, $2,500,000
    Paul Gaustad, Nashville Predators, $2,300,000
    Marco Sturm, Florida Panthers, $2,250,000
    Chris Kelly, Boston Bruins, $2,125,000
    Steven Reinprecht, Vancouver Canucks, $2,050,000
    Andrew Brunette, Chicago Blackhawks, $2,000,000
    Mike Knuble, Washington Capitals, $2,000,000
    Sean Avery, New York Rangers, $1,938,000
    Lee Stempniak, Calgary Flames, $1,900,000
    Tomas Holmstrom, Detroit Red Wings, $1,875,000
    Radek Dvorak, Dallas Stars, $1,500,000
    Travis Moen, Montreal Canadiens, $1,500,000
    Alexei Ponikarovsky, New Jersey Devils, $1,500,000
    Steve Sullivan, Pittsburgh Penguins, $1,500,000
    Jay McClement, Colorado Avalanche, $1,450,000
    Jay Pandolfo, New York Islanders, $1,400,000
    Ruslan Fedotenko, New York Rangers, $1,400,000
    Torrey Mitchell, San Jose Sharks, $1,366,667
    David Moss, Calgary Flames, $1,300,000
    Brendan Morrison, Chicago Blackhawks , $1,250,000
    P.A. Parenteau, New York Islanders, $1,250,000
    Jordin Tootoo, Nashville Predators, $1,250,000
    Ian Laperriere, Philadelphia Flyers, $1,167,000
    Kyle Brodziak, Minnesota Wild, $1,150,000
    Adam Burish, Dallas Stars, $1,150,000
    Gregory Campbell, Boston Bruins, $1,100,000
    Daniel Paille, Boston Bruins, $1,075,000
    Cody McLeod, Colorado Avalanche, $1,033,000
    Dominic Moore, San Jose Sharks, $1,100,000
    Taylor Pyatt, Phoenix Coyotes, $1,000,000
    Jim Slater, Winnipeg Jets, $1,000,000
    Daniel Winnik, Colorado Avalanche, $950,000
    Erik Christensen, Minesota Wild, $925,000
    Tom Kostopoulos, Calgary Flames, $917,000
    Scott Parse, Los Angeles Kings, $900,000
    Lennart Petrell, Edmonton Oilers, $900,000
    George Parros, Anaheim Ducks, $875,000
    Krystopher Barch, Dallas Stars, $838,000
    Colin Fraser, Los Angeles Kings, $825,000
    Alexandre Giroux, Columbus Blue Jackets, $825,000
    Jeff Halpern, Washington Capitals, $825,000
    Darcy Hordichuk, Edmonton Oilers, $825,000
    Jake Dowell, Dallas Stars, $800,000
    Brandon Prust, New York Rangers, $800,000
    Arron Asham, Pittsburgh Penguins, $775,000
    Toby Petersen, Dallas Stars, $775,000
    Ryan Carter, New Jersey Devils, $750,000
    Joey Crabb, Toronto Maple Leafs, $750,000
    Tanner Glass, Winnipeg Jets, $750,000
    Jesse Winchester, Ottawa Senators, $750,000
    Brandon Yip, Nashville Predators, $725,000
    Brad Wincester, San Jose Sharks, $725,000
    Blair Betts, Philadelphia Flyers, $700,000
    Byron Bitz, Vancouver Canucks, $700,000
    Darryl Boyce, Toronto Maple Leafs, $700,000
    Mathieu Darche, Montreal Canadiens, $700,000
    Bracken Kearns, Florida Panthers, $700,000
    Zenon Konopka, Ottawa Senators, $700,000
    Scott Nichol, St. Louis Blues, $700,000
    Tim Wallace, New York Islanders, $700,000
    Kyle Wellwood, Winnipeg Jets, $700,000
    Jason Jaffray, Winnipeg Jets, $675,000
    Phillippe Dupuis, Toronto Maple Leafs, $650,000
    Jean-Francois Jacques, Anaheim Ducks, $650,000
    John Mitchell, New York Rangers, $650,000
    Mark Parrish, Ottawa Senators, $650,000
    Petr Sykora, New Jersey Devils, $650,000
    Mike Zigomanis, Toronto Maple Leafs, $650,000
    D.J. King, Washington Capitals, $637,000
    Trevor Gillies, New York Islanders, $625,000
    Ryan Keller, Edmonton Oilers, $625,000
    Patrick O'Sullivan, Phoenix Coyotes, $625,000
    Ryan Shannon, Tampa Bay Lightning, $625,000
    Trevor Frischmon, New York Islanders, $615,000
    Aaron Volpotti, Vancouver Canucks, $612,500
    Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Phoenix Coyotes, $605,000
    Fabian Brunnstrom, Detroit Red Wings, $600,000
    Jonathan Cheechoo, St. Louis Blues, $600,000
    Jeremy Colliton, New York Islanders, $600,000
    Tim Conboy, Ottawa Senators, $600,000
    Mark Cullen, Florida Panthers, $600,000
    Raitis Ivanans, Calgary Flames, $600,000
    Adam Hall, Tampa Bay Lightning, $600,000
    Josh Hennessy, Boston Bruins, $600,000
    Trent Hunter, Los Angeles Kings, $600,000
    Joakim Lindstrom, Colorado Avalanche, $600,000
    Steve MacIntyre, Pittsburgh Penguins, $600,000
    Derek MacKenzie, Columbus Blue Jackets, $600,000
    Brian McGrattan, Nashville Predators, $600,000
    Ethan Moreau, Los Angeles Kings, $600,000
    Steve Pinizzotto, Vancouver Canucks, $600,000
    Chris Porter, St. Louis Blues, $600,000
    Martin St. Pierre, Columbus Blue Jackets, $600,000
    Raymond Sawada, Dallas Stars, $600,000
    Brett Sterling, St. Louis Blues, $600,000
    Jeff Taffe, Minnesota Wild, $600,000
    Brian Willsie, Montreal Canadiens, $600,000
    Jason Williams, Pittsburgh Penguins, $600,000
    Jed Ortmeyer, Minnesota Wild, $585,000
    Brad Staubitz, Minnesota Wild, $575,000
    Josh Green, Edmonton Oilers, $575,000
    Alexandre Bolduc, Phoenix Coyotes, $575,000
    Andrew Murray, San Jose Sharks, $575,000
    Mark Bell, Anaheim Ducks, $575,000
    Francis Wathier, Dallas Stars, $575,000
    Troy Bodie, Anaheim Ducks, $550,000
    Chris Conner, Detroit Red Wings, $550,000
    Tim Jackman, Calgary Flames, $550,000
    Francis Lessard, Ottawa Senators, $550,000
    Corey Locke, Ottawa Senators, $550,000
    Jamal Mayers, Chicago Blackhawks, $550,000
    Richard Park, Pittsburgh Penguins, $550,000
    Rod Pelley, New Jersey Devils, $550,000
    Greg Rallo, Florida Panthers, $550,000
    Jon Disalvatore, Minnesota Wild, $537,500
    Warren Petters, Minnesota Wild, $537,500
    Mike Angelidis, Tampa Bay Lightning, $525,000
    Matt Beaudoin, Phoenix Coyotes, $525,000
    Chris Bourque, Washington Capitals, $525,000
    Ryan Craig, Pittsburgh Penguins, $525,000
    Guillame Desbiens, Calgary Flames, $525,000
    Andre Deveaux, New York Rangers, $525,000
    Chris Durno, Carolina Hurricanes, $525,000
    Andrew Ebbett, Vancouver Canucks, $525,000
    Matt Ford, Washington Capitals, $525,000
    Ben Guite, San Jose Sharks, $525,000
    Ryan Hamilton, Toronto Maple Leafs, $525,000
    Cam Janssen, New Jersey Devils, $525,000
    Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Calgary Flames, $525,000
    Mark Mancari, Vancouver Canucks, $525,000
    Greg Mauldin, Colorado Avalanche, $525,000
    Brett McLean, Chicago Blackhawks, $525,000
    Colin McDonald, Pittsburgh Penguins, $525,000
    Jacob Micflikier, Washington Capitals, $525,000
    Brad Mills, New Jersey Devils, $525,000
    Chris Minard, Detroit Red Wings, $525,000
    Michel Ouellet, Tampa Bay Lightning, $525,000
    Cam Paddock, Los Angeles Kings, $525,000
    Patrick Rissmiller, Colorado Avalanche, $525,000
    Michael Ryan, Buffalo Sabres, $525,000
    Brandon Segal, Chicago Blackhawks, $525,000
    Tim Sestito, New Jersey Devils, $525,000
    Trevor Smith, Tampa Bay Lightning, $525,000
    Tim Stapleton, Winnipeg Jets, $525,000
    Colin Stuart, Buffalo Sabres, $525,000
    David Van Der Gulik, Colorado Avalanche, $525,000
    Stephane Veilleux, New Jersey Devils, $525,000
    Derek Whitmore, Buffalo Sabres, $525,000
    Keith Aucoin, Washington Capitals, $512,500
    Stephen Gionta, New Jersey Devils, $512,500
    Kyle Greentree, Washington Capitals, $512,500
    Jamie Johnson, Detroit Red Wings, $512,500
    Kris Newbury, New York Rangers, $512,500

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    UFA D

    Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings, $6,200,000
    Michal Rozsival Phoenix Coyotes $5,000,000
    Dennis Wideman, Washington Capitals, $3,875,000
    Pavel Kubina, Tampa Bay Lightning, $3,850,000
    Jaroslav Spacek, Carolina Hurricanes, $3,833,000
    Brad Stuart, Detroit Red Wings, $3,750,000
    Filip Kuba, Ottawa Senators, $3,700,000
    Barret Jackman, St. Louis Blues, $3,625,000
    Jeff Finger, Toronto Maple Leafs, $3,500,000
    Cory Sarich, Calgary Flames, $3,600,000
    Willie Mitchell, Los Angeles Kings, $3,500,000
    John Oduya, Winnipeg Jets, $3,500,000
    Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators, $3,500,000
    Matt Carle, Philadelphia Flyers, $3,438,000
    Bryan Allen, Carolina Hurricanes, $2,900,000
    Bryce Salvador, New Jersey Devils, $2,900,000
    Mark Eaton, New York Islanders, $2,500,000
    Joe Corvo, Boston Bruins, $2,250,000
    Hal Gill, Montreal Canadiens, $2,250,000
    Radek Martinek, Columbus Blue Jackets, $2,200,000
    Carlo Colaiacovo, St. Louis Blues, $2,125,000
    Shaone Morrisonn, Buffalo Sabres, $2,075,000
    Adrian Aucoin, Phoenix Coyotes, $2,000,000
    Sami Salo, Vancouver Canucks, $2,000,000
    Greg Zanon, Minnesota Wild, $1,933,333
    Kurtis Foster, Anaheim Ducks, $1,800,000
    Chris Campoli, Montreal Canadiens, $1,750,000
    Kurt Sauer, Phoenix Coyotes, $1,750,000
    Sheldon Souray, Dallas Stars, $1,650,000
    Nicklas Grossman, Philadelphia Flyers, $1,625,000
    Milan Jurcina, New York Islanders, $1,600,000
    Steve Staios, New York Islanders, $1,600,000
    Matt Hunwick, Colorado Avalanche, $1,550,000
    Brett Clark, Tampa Bay Lightning, $1,500,000
    Francis Bouillon, Nashville Predators, $1,350,000
    Randy Jones, Winnipeg Jets, $1,150,000
    Shane O’Brien, Colorado Avalanche, $1,100,000
    Matt Gilroy, Tampa Bay Lightning, $1,000,000
    Scott Hannan, Calgary Flames, $1,000,000
    Kent Huskins, St. Louis Blues, $1,000,000
    Brad Lukowich, Dallas Stars, $1,000,000
    Mike Lundin, Minnesota Wild, $1,000,000
    Jim Vandermeer, San Jose Sharks, $1,000,000
    Colin White, San Jose Sharks, $1,000,000
    Mike Weaver, Florida Panthers, $900,000
    Sean O’Donnell, Chicago Blackhawks, $850,000
    Steve Eminger, New York Rangers, $800,000
    Mike Mottau, New York Islanders, $800,000
    Sheldon Brookbank, Anaheim Ducks, $750,000
    Sami Lepisto, Chicago Blackhawks, $750,000
    Aaron Rome, Vancouver Canucks, $750,000
    Tyson Strachan, Florida Panthers, $750,000
    Dean Arsene, Phoenix Coyotes, $725,000
    Matt Carkner, Ottawa Senators, $700,000
    Derek Meech, Winnipeg Jets, $700,000
    Derek Smith, Calgary Flames, $700,000
    Alexander Sulzer, Vancouver Canucks, $700,000
    Jason Garrison, Florida Panthers, $675,000
    Tyler Sloan, Nashville Predators, $650,000
    Jeff Woywitka, New York Rangers, $650,000
    Dylan Reese, New York Islanders, $635,500
    Garnet Exelby, Detroit Red Wings, $600,000
    Zach McKelvie, Boston Bruins, $600,000
    Nathan Oystrick, Phoenix Coyotes, $600,000
    Mathieu Roy, Carolina Hurricanes, $600,000
    Matt Smaby, Anaheim Ducks, $600,000
    Garrett Stafford, Montreal Canadiens, $600,000
    Maxime Fortunus, Dallas Stars, $587,500
    Joe Callahan, Montreal Canadiens, $550,000
    Bruno Gervais, Tampa Bay Lightning, $550,000
    Peter Harrold, New Jersey Devils, $550,000
    Aaron Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets, $550,000
    Clayton Stoner, Minnesota Wild, $550,000
    Nolan Baumgarner, Vancouver Canucks, $525,000
    Brendan Bell, New York Rangers, $525,000
    Sean Collins, Washington Capitals, $525,000
    Mark Flood, Winnipeg Jets, $525,000
    Dan Jancevski, Philadelphia Flyers, $525,000
    Jay Leach, New Jersey Devils, $525,000
    David Liffiton, Colorado Avalanche, $525,000
    Zach Miskovic, Washington Capitals, $525,000
    Richard Petiot, Tampa Bay Lightning, $525,000
    Corey Potter, Edmonton Oilers, $525,000
    Danny Richmond, Washington Capitals, $525,000
    Bryan Rodney, Edmonton Oilers, $525,000
    Dan Spang, Dallas Stars, $525,000
    Sean Sullivan, San Jose Sharks, $525,000
    Danny Syvret, St. Louis Blues, $525,000
    Brennan Evans, St. Louis Blues, $512,500
    Alex Henry, Montreal Canadiens, $512,500
    Doug Janik, Detroit Red Wings, $512,500
    Nathan McIver, Boston Bruins, $512,000
    Mike Moore, San Jose Sharks, $512,500
    John Scott, Chicago Blackhawks, $512,000

    Note: This is where I got the lists. Can't speak to the accuracy of them.
    http://proicehockey.about.com/od/nhl...defensemen.htm

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    Thanks....Makes for some interesting reading. One name that jumps out and would be a great 2 year vet rental would be Holmstrom. Big F who wrote the book on dirty/garbage goals in front of the net. Still wouldnt mind seein Arnot either.

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    Isn't Holmstrom retiring, or am I thinking about the wrong Redwing? I know Lidstrom is thinking about 1 more year.

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    I hadn't heard anything, but I would think it's retirement or resign with the Wings. Don't think he's a real option.

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    Lets get is started then.. Looking at this list and the holes on this team, what position should get fixed first? I know the possibility exists to trade for a RFA, but we will keep it simple. All things considered, I think its a toss up between D and net minder. The thing that bothers me about Crow is that he seems to fall asleep out there at times. The horrible OT goals he gave up are proof of that. I know hes signed for another 2 years, but he should be told nothing is certain. He needs to come into camp with the mind set that he needs to perform day in and day out. I dont mind Emery being a back up, but age and bad hips are against him. The more I read about Carter Hutton, the more I like about him. Yes hes bounced around some, but came in and worked his *** off in Rockford. Not only did he become a team favorite, he set multiple records this year. He also clearly out played the highly touted Salak. I had high hopes for Salak for his play over in Europe, but he turned out to be a little cry baby and a pouter. We dont need another Luongo in this league.

    I pick G over D for this simple reason. If changes are made to the D zone set up and especially on the PK, the D should be fine. I truly feel that the scheme Q and his staff were running was so flawed that his players may not have wanted to run it anymore. Your D are gonna make mistakes from time to time. Your goalie has to make those 3-5 bail out saves per game. Crow cannont...cannot let those OT goals go in. Im betting Hutton comes up and takes one of the G spots on that bench. Maybe Crow gets another year, but I would like Hutton to come up and get some NHL time. I would dump Salak asap and start getting another young net minder reps in Rockford.
    Last edited by 1990; 04-29-2012 at 02:51 PM.

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    I'd focus on defense first and foremost. I think adding a #3-4 would do this team wonders. Assuming we didn't move Keith or Hammer, a #3 would keep Leddy on the 3rd pairing and I hope we could bring Keiths minutes done a bit. I think you saw at the end of the regular season when we got Oduya this effect. It allowed ever one to fit into their roles better. I would be ok with Oduya himself coming back, but I was suprised how poorly he played in the playoffs. Also, in a perfect world, the #3 we got would be more of a physical dman than another skater like Oduya.

    Seabrook/Keith
    FA/Hammer
    Leddy/Montador/Olsen

    I'm ok keeping the goalies as is. I'm not a huge fan of Crawford but I don't like spending a lot on goalies either. Mike Smith was let go by Tampa, who has no goaltending and this year he was a monster as we saw. Brian Elliot was also an after thought. I'd give Crawford one more year.

    Up front we need to add some grit and size. I don't mean fighters, but guys who can play along the boards and in front of the net. Especially, if we are going to go with Kane at C, which it sounds like we are. I would think about moving Bolland. He's a good player but he's shown that he's not a #2 C. I think Kruger could take over for him as #3 without much of a drop off. I would think you could get something back from Bolland and their would be some cap savings as well. Again, I'm not down on Bolland but I think the make up of the team could improve by moving him and plugging in Kruger at 3C.
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    I wouldn't be opposed to trading Bolland if the return was right. Here's the things the Hawks definitely need to add to be a serious contender:

    -A 2nd pairing D-men, preferably a physical one, to go with Hjalmarrsson.
    -A 2nd line playmaking C that's decent on faceoffs and can score 50+ points.
    -A big LW to put on the top line that can score garbage goals and help protect our top players.
    -4th line C that can score 15-20 points and is good at faceoffs. Potential penalty killer.

    Goaltender might also join the list if we add all of those things and Craw still struggles.

    Players I'd look to move:

    Niklas Hjalmarrson- I love what he provides, but the price tag is a bit too much.

    Michael Frolik- Price tag is too much for a player who didn't see much playing time last year.

    Dave Bolland- He's not a 2nd line C, but he's getting paid like he is. I love what he does in terms of shutting down other team's scoring lines, but I feel like we could replace him on the third line with either Kruger or Shaw, and also have cap flexibility to add a legit 2nd line C.

    If we move these guys, our team looks like this:

    ____-Toews-Kane
    Sharp-____-Hossa
    Stalberg-Kruger-Shaw
    Carcillo-____-Bollig

    Keith-Seabrook
    ____-____
    Leddy-Montador

    Crawford
    Emery

    Before the moves we're looking at $6,843,206 in cap space if the salary cap stays the same. If we trade those 3 players, we're looking at $15,009,872 in cap space. Keep in mind that this is if the salary cap stays the same. I see it likely going up slightly.

    We need to figure out some names that could fill these holes: Top line LW, 2nd line C, 4th line C, and 2 2nd pairing defensemen.

    For LW, I've mentioned Dustin Penner and Ryan Smyth as potential top line LWs that could score garbage goals. Penner is more like a buy-low option, and Smyth just seems unlikely. I'm not sure who else is options for us.

    For 2nd line C, I've mentioned Derick Brassard and Sam Gagner as options, but if we're trading Bolland, I'd look into getting more proven options. Jason Arnott is someone I've heard mentioned that I wouldn't mind. Olli Jokinen might not be a bad option as well. A potential in-house option is Mark McNeill, who may be ready to play in the NHL next year. If he makes the team and can prove to be a solid 2nd line C, that would allow us to put our money into getting a LW and some 2nd pairing defensemen. Not sure how likely it is that McNeill makes the team as our 2nd line C.

    For the 4th line C, I'd look to bring Mayers back or go for a Jeff Halpern type.

    For defense, I'd love to add Ryan Suter. More realistically, we pick up someone like Bryan Allen and another shotblocker type.

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