The Quest For Lombardi
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Leddy is a very valuable asset. He was a 20 year old defenseman last year playing 22 min/game in the NHL with a pretty favorable shot differential while he was on ice. He may not crack the top pairing, but he certainly will be a very good, quick, second pairing puck rushing defenseman.
With so many young pieces, many of whom could have a breakout season, I think it is wise to see how this group plays for a little before rushing to make any deals.
It's tough to be on board with the campbell trade seeing as nothing significant was ever really done with that money saved and we could've really used soupy last year. But I will say it's tough to find a team that is better positioned to handle the salary cap drop next year than the Hawks. A lot of top end talent locked up at reasonable contracts, under the proposed cap for next year, and one of the deepest prospect pools in the NHL, with the only downside being a real top-end talent player (aside from goaltending), which is already plentiful at the NHL level.
I agree for Bowman to maintain his stay as GM past next year he needs to take this team deep into the playoffs and show he can actually make a substantial move (if needed depending how the kids from the A play) to upgrade the team, but I think it should be noted how well positioned the blackhawks are to really be a powerhouse for a long time given how this team is positioned going forward. That would give bowman a pass for the lack of significant moves in the past, so long as he is willing to make one going forward.
Vishnevskiy left to play in the KHL just like Petri Kontiola did....
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Leddy is a decent play-making d-man and could blossom into a solid 2nd pairing guy, but the problem is we have 3 guys that all fit that mold outside of the top pairing. Oduya, Hammer, and Leddy all have very similar style of play. Each of these three needs a tough stay-at home type to pair with them and Bowman failed to bring one in. Brookbank and Rozy won't sniff the 2nd pairing. As is, our 2nd pairing will get beat up every game like they did last season. I was really hoping we'd land Methot in FA and let Oduya walk. Then the 2nd and 3rd unit would be balanced with Hammer/Methot and Rozy/Leddy.
Too many holes that have been filled with bandaids and hope. Horribly weak at the dot and this will kill you on special teams. They're faster on defense and better at shot-blocking but still not tough and will have trouble keeping daring forwards from crashing the net and in check. Craw is a big question mark, although I think it's wise to see how he comes out of the gate before making a transition. Overall, I think this team as is will certainly be a playoff team, but I don't see them being a Cup contender.
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Marcus Krugerhas been skating alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. "Cars is an energy player," Hossa said. "Basically, he can go hard to the net and get extra room for the chances, so it's going to work out great for us. He gets his feet going and he's really a huge key in our line because he makes room for us." Carcillo figures to get a ton of penalty minutes, but he might also break the 20-point mark if he can stay on a scoring line this season.
Brandon Saadskated with the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. Kruger missed two days during the illness. Unfortunately that accounts for a big chunk of training camp under the shortened schedule.
Steve Montadorwill be part of the Chicago Blackhawks' opening game roster. Saad made an impression on Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville last year. "We saw last year in training camp that (Saad) has some special skills," Quenneville said. "He does a lot of things other guys can't do as far as protecting the puck. He sees plays, makes plays and he's strong on it." Saad made his NHL debut last season and ended up with no points in two games. He also has eight goals and 20 points in 31 AHL contests this season.
Andrew Shawis reportedly not close to being able to resume skating, according to a source. He has not skated with teammates for weeks because of concussion symptoms. Montador was cleared to return from a concussion he suffered last February, but he sustained another head injury when he collided with a teammate during an informal practice before the lockout ended.
should get an opportunity to show what he can do with the man advantage. Chicago is searching for a player that can park himself in front of the net during power plays. Shaw averaged 1:35 minutes per contest with the man advantage in 37 games last season. He's likely to get about 20-25 points while averaging more than a penalty minute per game in 2013.
Still LOL @ Krejci for Kane
I know it's ridiculously early to start looking ahead to this summers free agent class, but David Clarkson immediately jumps out at me. Exactly the kind of guy that Hawks could use.
Getzlaf will be way out of our price range. Hawks have more holes than just C to be committing so much money to him, especially with the cap dropping to $64,300,000. Robyn Regehr and David Clarkson could fit in the budget and provide huge upgrades. I'd also be looking to send a package with Leddy to Ottawa to try and pry Robin Lehner from them. Paul Stastny is another name that's been mentioned in rumors more recently that I'd explore.
Oduya's contract is going to look even worse next season.
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I know its only 2 games into the season but if all of their skaters play to their abilities, then their roster should be good to go without having to make a trade.
Now that includes Bolland working out as the 2C and Shaw/Kruger as the 3C.
The only place I would upgrade no matter what is the goalie. Ive never been a fan of Crawford and I dont think I will ever believe in him as this teams goalie.
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