http://www.rantsports.com/chicago-bl...s-hjalmarsson/NHL Rumors: Would Flyers Have Interest In Niklas Hjalmarsson?
When we came into the summer, it was assumed that the Chicago Blackhawks would be unloading Niklas Hjalmarsson at some point in the offseason. That still hasn’t happened. We don’t know if it is going to, but an opportunity may have just presented itself in the form of the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers lost defenseman Andrej Meszaros to an Achilles injury. He’s out indefinitely, and with an injury there, it’s probably going to be of the season ending variety before training camp even starts.
Already in need of a blue line upgrade, the Flyers just lost some depth with Meszaros. It takes a physical guy and a strong shot blocker out of the lineup. Either it will force the Flyers to move quickly on a guy like Keith Yandle or P.K. Subban, or they’ll have to roll with some younger guys out of training camp.
But Niklas Hjalmarsson may be an option for the Flyers, if they want to go a route that won’t cost them huge money or young talent, like the other two might.
Hjalmarsson isn’t going to bring the physical game like Meszaros, but he’s as good a shot blocker as anyone in the league. He’s not going to be the no. 1 d-man that the Flyers really need, but neither was Meszaros. And his $3.5 million salary for the next two years is actually cheaper than Meszaros.
On the Blackhawks side of things, Hjalmarsson is going to be a third pairing defenseman. You don’t want to pay that salary for a guy who will be on the third pairing, especially when you need a more physical presence in your blue line. The Hawks could force the Flyers to overpay, given the situation that they’re in.
There’s certainly a match for a potential trade here. Whether or not the Flyers would want to part with some young talent remains to be seen, but it’s looking more and more like they’re going to have to. The real question is, will Stan Bowman actually act?
Edit: No way they'd trade any of those 3 for Hammer. I do wonder what they would be willing to give up if they are indeed interested in him.
Last edited by CubbieKid17; 08-08-2012 at 09:07 AM.
True/False - Corey Crawford will have a save percentage above .910%
False. This has as much (or slightly more) to do with the defense as it does Crawford himself.
On that note...
True/False - The PK will improve and be in the upper half of the league this year (top 10, I think would be too much of a stretch to even pose the question).
True/False - More than 1 prospect (Shaw doesn't count in my eyes) will make the team out of camp. Some possibilities include Saad, Morin, Pirri, Olsen, Hayes, etc.
[QUOTE=Boom!;23255810]I'm going with False and it is for one reason...the Blackhawks are (currently) not a good team at the dot. After Toews, the Blackhawks seem to struggle. Mayers was good last year but Kruger and Bolland are terrible. With the faceoff in the defensive zone, if you win the faceoff you automatically kill off 20 seconds and then even more if the other team can't set up. If you lose the faceoff, the team sets up right away. Blackhawks need to be a whole lot better at the dot.
...which is also a reason why they were so bad on the power play. They often lost that first 20 seconds of the PP when they couldn't win that first face off!!!
Btw, also a reason why I really don't prefer sharpie or Kaner at C. We need a C that wins face offs!
True/False- Kane becomes our 2nd line C out of training camp and stays there the whole year (except on PP/PK).
couturier would be sex, but id assume wed get laughed at
Maybe Wayne Simmonds is an option. Doubt it though.
True/False - Brookbank will play more games this year than Montador (I have these two as the Blackhawks #6/7 currently).
True/false. We see a different coach Q this year. Dealer's choice on the reason why or why not.
Why not move Kane or Sharp to 2nd line Centre and sign Petr Sykora and stick him on one of the wings?