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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. #53881
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    Hawkey is back!

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    Ok, so where were we?! :sarcasm:

    Looks like Hawks may still be after that center they were hoping to land via trade before the lockout, Hammer and/or Frolik being the bait. Other than that, not a lot of new faces for this team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Assman22 View Post
    Ok, so where were we?! :sarcasm:

    Looks like Hawks may still be after that center they were hoping to land via trade before the lockout, Hammer and/or Frolik being the bait. Other than that, not a lot of new faces for this team.
    The Blackhawks currently have 8 defensemen...Seabrook, Keith, Leddy, Hammer, Oduya, Brookbank, Montador, and Roszival. I think Montador is a buy out candidate (depending on how the agreement works out these 2 buyouts and if it can happen immediately). After that, I don't know if trading Hjalmarsson is the right thing to do, especially because injuries could crush a team this year with a shortened schedule.

    A 2nd line center is always an option but the Blackhawks were pretty damn good at putting up points without one last year.

    I think they should stay put for the most part. Defense is improved since last year and offense was pretty damn good last year. Let things play out this year and go from there.

    Should be real interesting to see what happens around the NHL and with the Blackhawks over the next week or so.

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    Time for this forum to get going again! I saw a lot of people commenting in the NHL forum throughout this dog **** process which was great. Hoping we get going again as we had some pretty good discussions going towards the end of the last year and through the playoffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boom! View Post
    The Blackhawks currently have 8 defensemen...Seabrook, Keith, Leddy, Hammer, Oduya, Brookbank, Montador, and Roszival. I think Montador is a buy out candidate (depending on how the agreement works out these 2 buyouts and if it can happen immediately). After that, I don't know if trading Hjalmarsson is the right thing to do, especially because injuries could crush a team this year with a shortened schedule.

    A 2nd line center is always an option but the Blackhawks were pretty damn good at putting up points without one last year.

    I think they should stay put for the most part. Defense is improved since last year and offense was pretty damn good last year. Let things play out this year and go from there.

    Should be real interesting to see what happens around the NHL and with the Blackhawks over the next week or so.
    I agree, I think they should stay put. One thing the Hawks have that most other NHL teams will have coming into the season is that there aren't many new faces on this team, IOW they've all played together for a full season and should be able to click right away or at least sooner than most other teams, which could be huge.

    I would think however, there may be a few teams in desperation mode to fill a gaping hole and there could possibly be a deal Bowman won't be able to turn down regardless. We'll see how it all unfolds real soon....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Assman22 View Post
    I agree, I think they should stay put. One thing the Hawks have that most other NHL teams will have coming into the season is that there aren't many new faces on this team, IOW they've all played together for a full season and should be able to click right away or at least sooner than most other teams, which could be huge.

    I would think however, there may be a few teams in desperation mode to fill a gaping hole and there could possibly be a deal Bowman won't be able to turn down regardless. We'll see how it all unfolds real soon....
    It is definitely going to be exciting.

    If the Blackhawks don't go out there for a 2C, I would really like to see Pirri get a shot. Put him with Hossa/Sharp and our defensive side of things don't take a hit. He has looked pretty damn good in the AHL and I think he just needs a chance to play in the NHL. If not, the Hawks will probably go with Kruger there.

    Outside the Blackhawks...what is going to happen to Luongo? That should be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boom! View Post
    It is definitely going to be exciting.

    If the Blackhawks don't go out there for a 2C, I would really like to see Pirri get a shot. Put him with Hossa/Sharp and our defensive side of things don't take a hit. He has looked pretty damn good in the AHL and I think he just needs a chance to play in the NHL. If not, the Hawks will probably go with Kruger there.

    Outside the Blackhawks...what is going to happen to Luongo? That should be interesting.
    I've always liked Pirri over Kruger, enjoy watching him play in Rockford. Kruger plays better D than Pirri which seems to be why they give him the nod over Pirri. Will be interesting to see what happens with Olsen and I hope we get to see Danault later in the season. Lastly and most importantly, I hope Hossa is truly back to 100%.

    Can't see Luongo going anywhere this season. His contract is ridic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Assman22 View Post
    I've always liked Pirri over Kruger, enjoy watching him play in Rockford. Kruger plays better D than Pirri which seems to be why they give him the nod over Pirri. Will be interesting to see what happens with Olsen and I hope we get to see Danault later in the season. Lastly and most importantly, I hope Hossa is truly back to 100%.

    Can't see Luongo going anywhere this season. His contract is ridic.
    Agreed on Pirri over Kruger. Kruger should be a 3rd line guy. Solid defensively for his age and has some room (not a lot in my opinion) to grow offensively. I could really see Pirri working between Sharp/Hossa...hell, I might work out okay between those two.

    I think Olsen is going to see the entire year in Rockford. Apparently he has been struggling and the Blackhawks have 8 players ahead of him on the depth chart at the current time.

    I'm really excited about Danault. He didn't play that well in the Junior Championships unfortunately. I would expect he plays with his Junior team and then probably to the AHL if they get knocked out of the playoffs early. Most people have him as a 3c...but I like his offensive upside enough that he could be a 2C in my books. Not so high on McNeil though, I don't like him transitioning to a center position in the NHL and I see a 3C at best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boom! View Post
    Agreed on Pirri over Kruger. Kruger should be a 3rd line guy. Solid defensively for his age and has some room (not a lot in my opinion) to grow offensively. I could really see Pirri working between Sharp/Hossa...hell, I might work out okay between those two.

    I think Olsen is going to see the entire year in Rockford. Apparently he has been struggling and the Blackhawks have 8 players ahead of him on the depth chart at the current time.

    I'm really excited about Danault. He didn't play that well in the Junior Championships unfortunately. I would expect he plays with his Junior team and then probably to the AHL if they get knocked out of the playoffs early. Most people have him as a 3c...but I like his offensive upside enough that he could be a 2C in my books. Not so high on McNeil though, I don't like him transitioning to a center position in the NHL and I see a 3C at best.
    Agreed all the way with your opinions. Two guys I can't wait to watch more of are Teuvo and Danault. Each are really young at 18 and 19 years old, but could begin contributing in the near future. Johns will be fun to watch once he's done at ND, dood is a beast. I think Saad is overrated, I like him but don't love him. I did love when they picked him in the 2nd round, huge steal. Teuvo was an even bigger steal, how the poop did he fall to us at #18?

    Lastly, these young guys near NHL-ready in Rockford, really need to step up this season and show they can handle important minutes. With the cap going from $70.2 to $64.3 next season, we'll need some cheapies to work out for the time being. Biggest contract coming off the books for next season is Rozy at $2 mil and the Hawks are currently at $60.89 mil for next season and that's without a backup goalie, only 6 d-men, and 11 forwards.
    Last edited by Assman22; 01-06-2013 at 01:02 PM.

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    Meh, I'm just not excited. And this is coming from a guy who's attended considerably more hockey games than I have games of any other sport over the last 20 years. The damage has been done. I'll watch, but I'll do so reluctantly. And I'm not about to spend a dime on the product. No merchandise, no tickets, no nothing. Not until they show me that they're willing to make it up to me, and I doubt they will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Assman22 View Post
    Agreed all the way with your opinions. Two guys I can't wait to watch more of are Teuvo and Danault. Each are really young at 18 and 19 years old, but could begin contributing in the near future. I think Saad is overrated, I like him but don't love him. I did love when they picked him in the 2nd round, huge steal. Teuvo was an even bigger steal, how the poop did he fall to us at #18?
    Teuvo played out of his mind in the Junior Championships. I watched a few of his games and he was awesome. Pretty sure he finished (ehhh, lame joke but think about it??) top 5 in scoring. I think he fell to the Blackhawks because many viewed him as a "project" who was atleast 2 - 3 years out from contributing at the NHL level because of his size/growth that is needed. Most teams in the top 10 want an impact guy now. The Blackhawks large amount of prospects and top guys enabled them to take a "risk" on a guy like Teuvo who they could wait on. Very excited with the possibilities. He has a slow start this year but has started to tear it up.

    I'm with you on Saad. A big guy with nice skating and hands...but he just hasn't brought it all together at the AHL level yet, which is a little worrisome. I think he projects to a 2nd line type of guy. Just wondering where he fits in (if he does) on this year's team. The Blackhawks have a whole lot of guys who are going to be on the bubble.

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    Also, what position will kaner play? Something tells me the carcillo-Kane-Hossa line is going to get another shot. I agree that'd I would like to see pirri get a shot over Kruger in a scoring role. Also wouldn't mind seeing a trade for a stop-gap 2C ( S. Weiss?) with an expiring contract to buy Pirri/Kruger/Terravainen/Danault to be ready. Also we could possibly use a hard hitting forechecking type of winger. We have 8 dmen and an outrageously deep prospect pool, I would like to see us do something trade-wise because I think we do have a few holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanTHEman9990 View Post
    Also, what position will kaner play? Something tells me the carcillo-Kane-Hossa line is going to get another shot. I agree that'd I would like to see pirri get a shot over Kruger in a scoring role. Also wouldn't mind seeing a trade for a stop-gap 2C ( S. Weiss?) with an expiring contract to buy Pirri/Kruger/Terravainen/Danault to be ready. Also we could possibly use a hard hitting forechecking type of winger. We have 8 dmen and an outrageously deep prospect pool, I would like to see us do something trade-wise because I think we do have a few holes.
    I agree that Kane could definitely be used at the 2c position again. Kane has definitely gotten stronger defensively (up near the top in takeaways last year) but there is room to grow. When you put him with a guy like Hossa who is a stud defensively, then it helps out a lot. I actually like what Carcillo brings to the table as well. As long as he isn't an idiot, he has a lot more offensive upside than a lot of people give him credit for.

    It would be nice to have a banger in there as well. I personally think a Ryan Malone could be on the market because he isn't worth his contract. I think he would be the type of player that the Blackhawks need. Guys like Malone, Clowe, Brown, Ott, etc who hit, muck it up in front of the net, create opportunities through their body, etc are awesome guys to have on a team. Blackhawks definitely are missing a guy like this.

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    Your Lineup

    Go ahead and post what your lineup would look like for the Blackhawks this year.

    http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/roste...cation=/roster - Active Roster

    http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/roste...ion=/prospects - Prospects/AHL players (This includes Kruger, Leddy, and Shaw who saw the majority of their time in the NHL but are in the AHL with the lockout).

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    This is the lineup I would throw out on the ice with the current players. I'm not saying this is the lineup I expect (not one bit actually) but here it is...

    Stalberg/Toews/Kane - I really think Toews needs Kane there. He helps out a lot. Stalberg can forecheck and be a nice option for these two. Stalberg's speed should also help the both of them out by opening things up.
    Sharp/Pirri/Hossa - I think Pirri is ready to play between these two. A playmaker at center with two solid defensive guys who can bury the puck.
    Kruger (or Shaw)/Bolland/Frolik - My surprise is Frolik. I think he gets left off the team but he is solid defensively and does everything right...except for score. Bolland is a lock pretty much here and I think you put Kruger on wing where he should transition.
    Shaw (or Kruger)/Mayers/Carcillo - A 4th line that can bang and have some guys who will put up some points as well.
    Bickell - The 13th forward in this group for me.

    Left off - Saad who can use some more time in the AHL. Morin who I like but needs a top 6 spot if he plays. Hayes who I am not too high on right now and needs more time in the AHL. Bollig who could be my 13th guy and who I like...but just not a spot for him with Frolik on my roster.

    Seabrook/Keith - obvious
    Leddy/Hammer
    Oduya/Rozsival - I like Rozsival as a steady guy for the #6 position
    Brookbank - I like his physicality
    Montador - my #8 guy after the concussion and unsteady play.

    Left off - Olsen who is struggling in the AHL this year and could use some footwork help.

    Crawford
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    Blackhawks have an abundance of 3/4th liners. I wouldn't be surprised to see 1 or 2 of them go in a deal as an add on or just for a low draft pick.

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