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Hawks Draft Nick Schmaltz

It didn’t come with the fireworks we thought tonight. We all held out breath when it was reported that Hawks’ and Sharks’ reps were at the NHL table filing a trade, but in the end it just ended up being a swap of picks so the Hawks could move up. Which leads you to believe that Nick Schmaltz was a target of theirs and they went out of their way to get him.

What Schmaltz sounds like is basically a slightly bigger, American version of Teuvo Teravainen, with perhaps more finish. But Schmaltz’s game is definitely pass-first, and everyone raves about his vision and hands. He doesn’t have the size you might like, but is very strong on his skates and squirts out of traffic well.

Schmaltz has a rep for tacking a shift off or even a game off here and there, but I’m not going to dismiss a 17-year-old because his focus might waver at times. We’ll see what he does at North Dakota. He has to work on his defensive game, but who doesn’t at that age? Once again the Hawks have drafted for serious skill, which seems to be a habit of theirs. As we said, past Teuvo and Danault the Hawks looked a little short down the middle in the system. They addressed that tonight.

Tomorrow should be more interesting, as if they’re going to dump Oduya for picks and cap space it will be then.

  • jordyhawk

    I’m going take a wild guess and say that the party line on this will be that we traded up because Schmaltz is a “special” player.

    • HarryBalzonya

      And because we didn’t want the Blues to get him

      • Joe Banks

        Exactly that – TSN showed the St Louis “brain trust” at their table after the Schmaltz pick, (because they were up next) and at least 2 of them very visibly upset.

    • lizmcneill

      By historical pick trades, the pick swap actually gained us value by jumping from 27 to 20. And pissing off St Louis is always good.

  • TitanTransistor

    They have to get rid of somebody and I think Oduya is the most likely candidate.

    If he wants to trade Bollig for a bag of pucks and a practice pylon, that would be cool too.

    As far as the lineup heading into next year, what does everybody think about Stan and Q putting their foot down and telling Sharp ‘you’re playing center, deal with it’ and starting TT on the wing, just to ease him into top 6 minutes/competition.

    If TT really is drawing comparisons to Kane, well, Toews has some experience playing with that kind of player on his wing. And with Hossa on the other wing, that would give plenty of extra defensive support too.

    That would leave Sharp to play between Kane and Saad. He can certainly keep up with both. More-over, I think it was Sam who wrote that this season Sharp was falling more and more into his worst habits as far as cheating defensively to try and get out of the zone with open space. Putting him in the center role basically forces his to dot his i’s and cross his t’s, so to speak, just as he did when he was a center in 2010.

    So you would have:

    TT-Toews-Hossa
    Saad-Sharp-Kane
    Bickell-Shaw-Versteeg
    Morin-Kruger-Smith
    Bollig & Nordstrom

    Keith-Seabrook
    Hammer-Johns
    Leddy-Rozsival
    Rundblad

    And if TT does absolutely melt people’s faces off with awesome, you can swap him and Sharpie as needed.

    • Bannerman

      Where is this “Sharp refuses to play Center” meme coming from? He hasn’t played center for 3 yeas now. In that time, Q has tried any number of people in that hole with mixed results. All the evidence points toward the Hawks liking Sharp better at wing.

      • TitanTransistor

        My bad. My understanding of the situation was that Sharp preferred to play wing than center. I can’t tell you where that line of thinking originated, but it’s the one I’ve heard most often.

        • birdhead

          People say it all the time but I find it pretty improbable. He came into the league as a centre and played as a centre for ages, why is he suddenly going to only want to play wing? A couple good seasons there? Meh.

        • gate3half

          That is correct, Sharp has said he prefers wing over center. Nothing wrong with that. He never said he didn’t like center or would refuse to play center, that part got made up somewhere along the line.

      • YoAdrienne

        I read once that he said he preferred to play on the wing. But, he never said he refused to go back to center. He just said he really didn’t like playing at it. I think that just got blown out of proportion, because, you know, it’s the Internet, and that’s how thins happen there.

  • Joe Banks

    Lemme get this straight – Schmaltz is an American version of Teuvo, – with more “Finnish”? – Oh, Sam, you funny guy!

    • thepuckstopshere

      Funny how?

      • jacquescloutier

        tell me what’s funny about.

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  • Marian Brossa

    By my CapGeek calculations, getting rid of Rozsival rather than Oduya would just barely get the Hawks under the cap by about ($30K). Any chance that we see him moved and the Hawks hold on to Oduya for the season?

    • Scott Skinger

      Probably not. Oduya is in his final year of his contract so he will be a free agent (gone next year) and we would get nothing for him. We will get nothing for Rozy in a trade. So the comp is 1. Rozy for 2014 and whatever Oduya nets you in a trade or 2. Oduya for 2014 and nothing else.

      • Marian Brossa

        See, I still take #2, but that might just be because I have a ridiculously low opinion of Rozsival. I’d think that the marginal value of Oduya over Rozy for a year would be greater than whatever we’d get for Oduya (especially given how much every extra bit of value helps for a team that we know will contend in 2014) but that’s without knowing what exactly the trade market is. Presumably anything that makes the Hawks better in the short term, though, would come back with a salary, which would defeat the purpose of a salary dump.

  • Joe Banks

    Blues trade Polak for Gunnarson?

  • The Other One

    Bollig traded to Calgary for a third rounder. AMAZING! In Stan we trust! The Hawks are now cap compliant, I believe…

    • JB from PA

      Wow! Never thought it would happen

    • Scott Skinger

      Just saw this…amazing!

    • YoAdrienne

      Wow! Didn’t see that one coming.

    • jacquescloutier
      • Scott Skinger

        Nice!

    • SAMCRO Outlaw

      Brian Burke proving once again that he IS the weakest link!

      • DJ

        Stan used the Jedi Mind Trick.

        “This is the forward you want…”

      • JB from PA

        truculence!

    • thepuckstopshere

      Sweet, King, Mint! Go Stan Go!

    • The Nutbrown Hare

      Ah, I see you beat me to it…still, a day to rejoice!

    • Scott Skinger

      Just thought of this again 10 minutes later and I’m still smiling. This is equal to or better than trading for a 2C and having to give up a solid player or draft picks. We just traded Bollig for Morin/Nordstrom/Other AND got a draft pick. Big win win. Stellar.

    • jordyhawk

      The question all year long on Bollig was whether Q would trust him in the playoffs. This was pretty clearly answered. Without hating on Bollig, there isn’t much point in carrying a guy who you won’t play when it matters. Best of luck to him. Any takers for Versteeg?

      • Joe Banks

        please?

      • Jim

        I’m okay with hating on Bollig.

    • Bob Lanz

      Not only cap compliant but we just got better by subtraction! I predict Garret Ross or Mark McNeil to fill that fourth line with Smith and Frogger

    • gate3half

      Shout out to Stan, who obviously lurks here on a daily basis….I never knew that until this morning. Hi, Stan!

    • mazer_rackham

      Ahhhh, feels good

    • Joe Banks

      Free at last, free at last, great god almighty, free at last!

    • Jim

      It’s going to be great not seeing Bollig play next year.

      Praying they don’t decide bring in another “grit” player.

      • Bannerman

        If it’s Mashinter, at least he’d be getting paid the minimum and *might* be able to kill penalties. He was used in that capacity at Rock Vegas though obviously that doesn’t always translate directly.

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    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Couldn’t log in to Disqus from my XP computer, had to boot up the Windows 7 netbook.

      Some where Q is on a rampage, wrecking parking meters and screaming, “What we have here is a failure to communicate!”

    • Yachtsman

      I feel like Flounder in Animal House, “Oh boy this is grrrrreeaaaatttt!”

  • The Nutbrown Hare

    Christmas in June! Hawks unload Bollig on Calgary for draft pick (83rd overall)! Unreal! See, there really still are some dipshit GMs left in the league.

  • SAMCRO Outlaw

    So now that a big swath of Q’s blankie has been jettisoned in Zeus & Bollig. I think this is good in that it seems the brass aren’t happy with just making it to the WCF, the message being that anything less than a Cup doesn’t work and coaches favorites are going to get nuked and his influence on the roster is going to be negated. Good for Stan for seeing what the rest of the world could plainly see and acting on it.

  • Oregon_hawk

    so is our only possession black hole left Versteeg?

    • amontesawesome

      “possession black hole”
      Versteeg had 55% CF last season.

      • Joe Banks

        But a guaranteed turnover machine.

    • Marian Brossa

      I nominate Versteeg for the new facepuncher.

      • lizmcneill

        Bollig wasn’t so much a facepuncher as a facepunch-ee.

        Versteeg is kind of punchable, true.

    • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

      You know, whatever Bollig was, he wasn’t a possession black hole.

  • wowwowweewoo

    TODAY IS A GLORIOUS DAY!!!!!!! BOLLIG GONE! AND FOR A 3RD PICK!!!!! AHHHHH

  • HawkIPA

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  • ChiCityKyle

    BOLLIG GONE,…..this is almost as great as winning the cup at this point!!!! Praise the Lord Praise the Lord!!!! Our prayers have been answered!

  • jacquescloutier

    still looks like someone else has gotta go.
    with teuvo and nordstrom in [13 forwards] and rundblad as the 7th defenseman, they sit about 120k over the cap. not to mention a slight amount of flexibility would be nice.

  • jordyhawk

    Flames fans generally supportive of getting Bollig and putting some great spins on it. Tell you what, while they’re still shopping maybe they’d like to kick Versteeg’s tires.

  • Pete

    For me trading Bollig and not signing Zus confirms that Bowman isn’t happy with Q. Its like the movie Moneyball where the GM had to trade a player to stop the coach from screwing up the lineup. Q is on thin ice as he should be for botching the lineup in the playoffs. Q cannot be given the opportunity to mess up the lineup. Every player on the roster must be skilled. No role playing fighters. The league has moved past that and Q needs to as well.

    • YoAdrienne

      It tells me that Bowman wanted to dump some useless salary. Q had nothing to do with it, as indicated by the fact that he just said he’s going to give Mashinter a shot at Bollig’s old spot. From what others are saying, Mashinter isn’t much better than Bollig talent-wise, if he is at all. He’s just cheaper. If Bowman wasn’t happy with Q using Bollig, why did he just say he’s going to give a chance to a Bollig clone?

      As for Zus, he’s 37. He wasn’t re-signed because he’s old. I’m sure Q would have loved a center with Zus’ hockey smarts, but in a younger, healthier body But, his choices were an old, slow, talented smart guy, and a few not-so-talented young guys. He went with the old guy. I don’t blame him.

      • ahnfire

        I think most likely Stan traded Bollig to get cap space & another pick knowing that Mashinter is already in the system, is cheaper than Bollig, and is basically a push, talent-wise. This gives Q the type of player he likes on the 4th line (dumb, slow, face-punchy) while getting us under the cap for now & getting a pick out of it.

        This is a straight up a default Stan Bowman trade. Lose nothing with a small net gain.

        • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

          ‘A push talent wise…”

          Not much of an endorsement, really.

          • ahnfire

            Nope, but at least he’s being paid the appropriate amount? and hey, Bollig may not have been great but he wasn’t exactly the worst hockey player in the world. He did what he needed to do and had just enough talent to do that.

    • Jim

      These 2 guys were the anchors in a razor thin WCF loss. Bowman is a year late with these moves, Zus was going to go either way. Being stubborn with Zus on Kane’s line is on Q. And I never understood the whole Bollig love that Q had. Maybe some kind of nostolgia for the bad old days.

    • ballyb11

      “…….confirms that Bowman isn’t happy with Q.”

      Some of you guys are funny.

  • mightymikeD

    Bye-Bye Bollig

  • unkind

    ITs like christmas morning thank you so much calgary!!!! stan bowman is a genius!!

    • unkind

      and the calgary gm is a moron!

  • jacquescloutier

    from kuc: GM Stan Bowman said Brandon Mashinter will get a chance to fill Brandon Bollig’s role next season.

    fuck me.

    • VanDorp’sMullet

      Yup. Every team needs a “slow-footed hack who takes crap penalties at bad times, isn’t effective in any zone and fails to ‘enforce’ anything other than aggravation” role. In fact, if we get a couple more, we may just start leading games in the hit stat as well as in PIMs! Yeah!

    • TitanTransistor

      Sigh. I will never understand why the management of this team believes that’s a role that needs to be filled.

      They this awesome vision of a fast, skilled, possession team and then continually do their damndest to undercut it by pushing useless slugs into the lineup. It’s infuriating.

      • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

        Just out of curiosity, who on our roster do you elect to fight this coming season? I hate fighting, I HATE it, I want it banned. But my wants and how teams play don’t have too close a correlation.

        • ahnfire

          My issue with this argument is that people always say that we need a fighter, but really, the Hawks were 27th in a league of 30 with fighting majors. Brookbank and Bollig each had 6 of the fights, Shaw & Steeg 1, Bicks 2.

          And yet we still survived and went to the WCF. I think there’s a lot of hand-wringing at the concept of fights & teams playing “tough” against us, but the truth is, the majority of the time, the Hawks simply don’t engage. I honestly don’t think Bollig’s presence as a “fighter” acts as a deterrent. And even if you think it does, Stan’s already stated that Mashinter (6’4″, 220lbs) is going to be given the opportunity to be the one we all bitch about next season.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            I don’t believe for one tiny second that fighting acts as a deterrent. Not ever. But fighting happens, that’s my only point. I certainly don’t want Seabrook or Shaw doing it, and Bickell makes more sense only marginally.

            So yes, that leaves Mashinter. And that’s the second part of my point. We’re so happy to have Bollig gone that we’re grinning at the prospect of Mashinter in the lineup.

            Bollig was terrible in the playoffs, I’m NOT sad to see him gone … but he played a very important role in the regular season, and he played it well.

          • lizmcneill

            There’s probably less temptation for Q to play Mashinter when it matters.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            Possibly. But there will be 50 games minimum where Q (rightly, imo) is going to want someone in the line-up who can drop his gloves.

          • lizmcneill

            Wait, we have to play the Blues 50 times? The divisional alignment is really fucking us over. Bollig played 25 times in the shortened season, so about half.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            You got me. I vastly overreached. 42 games. Forty even. What does that have to do with anything? Let’s say 35. I don’t care.

            My point, the thing I’m saying, is that teams dress fighters who drop gloves and punch, and Q–as he has his entire Blackhawks career, plays that kind of guy in our line-up. He always has. So I’m imagining a player like that playing for us, because he will–35, 40, or 50 games, you can pick the one that makes you happy–and I’m hoping he can contribute in the regular season as well as Bollig did. Because Bollig did. The numbers are there for everyone to see. I’m highly skeptical that Mashinter can. But maybe he can, who knows.

          • ahnfire

            It’s true, we should be thankful that Bollig did contribute during the regular season and was not terrible in the role he was asked to play.

            However, I still think that Morin ends up replacing Bollig in the lineup in the manner you’re thinking of (regular season play/value) and that Mashinter would be the guy that Q scratches Morin for during the games he thinks a face-puncher is necessary.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            I’ll keep my fingers crossed. I think it’s a stretch, though, truth be told, to imagine Morin moving from one of the highest percentage of o-zone starts on the team (if not the highest) to the highest percentage of d-zone starts, which Bollig drew last season. You’re asking a guy who Q didn’t trust at all in our own zone to suddenly start the vast majority of his shifts there.

            Someone needs to be there, and maybe if Kruger and Smith stay on d-zone duty they can give him on-the-job training, but it seems more likely someone else needs to step in.

          • ahnfire

            but isn’t that basically what Bollig got? He got his on-the-job training with Smith and Kruger making sure he didn’t flounder and drown in the role he was in. They’re the best armband-floaties you could ask for.

            And of course, free agency hasn’t even started yet, so who knows what will happen/who will end up in that role during in the next few weeks.

          • ahnfire

            I would argue that Bollig’s role/value can/will be replaced by Morin during the regular season. And true, it’ll likely worse for us to lose Seabs/Shaw/Bicks for 5 than it’ll be for the other team, but the fact is that they rarely engage in the first place. If anything, I think it’s more likely that Q would slot in Brookbank if he wanted someone who’d be willing to throw down.

          • lizmcneill

            Brookbank is a UFA. I think he gone.

          • ahnfire

            well, shit, there goes that argument.

            I still think someone will step up and being a facepuncher for Q during the regular season and this argument will be for naught.

          • HossasPierogi

            It’s why players like Andrew Ladd are so awesome. I’ll never forget the time he kicked Ryan Kesler’s ass, and Laddy could also play.

          • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

            Next they’ll be arguing that Piltdown man should still be considered real.

        • TitanTransistor

          Sorry, I don’t buy that anybody needs to fight, at least not in the staged BS type. There are plenty of guys on the roster that have dropped the gloves with other teams in the heat of the moment, and that’s fine.

          The notion that a team can’t skate away from some goon trying to start shit or let them take dumb instigator penalties is silly to me.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            Silly to you? Okay, that’s fine. To me, too, actually. I want fighting banned, as I say. But you and I aren’t playing or deciding on the roster, so what’s silly to us doesn’t matter, and whether you buy it or not matters about as much to this as what kind of cereal you eat. Q decides this. And Q skates enforcer-type players in more games than he doesn’t (in 82 games, in fact, this past year).

            So Bollig is gone. Seems a lot of people are convinced Mashinter is going to step in and skate 10 minutes a game and replace Bollig’s 85% d-zone starts (or whatever it was, it was highest on the team … eighty-five percent!). I don’t know how people are comfortable with Mashinter if they weren’t with Bollig.

          • TitanTransistor

            I’m not. I think the idea of Mashinter stepping in is idiotic.

            The only way this potentially works is if he’s treated like Bollig was in 2013, where be played nowhere near 82 games. If Q wants to throw out Mashinter against the Blues or whoever cause ‘toughness’ and ‘grit’ a few times during the regular season. Fine.

            If he gets a regular role in the lineup, then it’s a huge problem and will cast real doubt on this management team’s ability to recognize recurring problems.

    • jordyhawk

      I interpret the role as being the tough guy within the org; not necessarily a guy who is going to get regular 4th line minutes. We’ll see, but I doubt Mashinter would be more than a 13/14th guy even if he did get some time with the big club.

    • HossasPierogi

      I think Bollig and Pirri were both traded because Saad must be the only Brandon in town. Mashinter is doomed.

  • John

    Fighting is still part of the game and with now adding 160lb teavu to the lineup along with Kane,Toews and Hossa who couldnt fight their way out a paper bag good luck Chicago without a little muscle protecting the money players!

    • joedl42

      you’re an idiot.

      • Joe Banks

        Are you trying to start a fight?

        • joedl42

          no, I’m not Bollig.

    • nextgame

      I’ll think of this post and chuckle at next year’s Cup parade.

    • DJ

      Oh look! Trollie from 1974 found a Time Machine and has travelled….to the FAR FUTURE!!!!!!

      • John

        Watch other teams other than the Hawks and then talk about the sport… BJ!

        • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

          Do you keep upboating your own comments? Or is my computer doing it….

          (Also, hilarious touch with the BJ thing, that was classic. I mean, ouch, so glad that wasn’t me. It means blowjob, right? BJ? You seriously got him.)

          • ahnfire

            man, DJ must be SOBBING at that burn. So harsh.

          • ahnfire

            it’s the ellipses that make that burn, really. like, you’re sitting there going, oh man, John really *told* DJ, saying that he needs to watch hockey before talking, then the ellipses lulls you into that sense it’s over…then BOOM, what a burn.

            DJ, do you need some ice? where’d you go man? I’m concerned for your welfare now.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            It’s possible he deleted his account.

          • YoAdrienne

            He’ll be back. Yesterday, he was “Jachim Squeegee,” I’m fairly sure. Same anger issues. Same upboating of his own posts.

          • ahnfire

            different IPs, and no history of name/IP jumping for either name. I think it’s just two of the same type of person getting over-emotional on the internet.

            Also, NotChico was talking about DJ, whom we’re now very concerned about, because he hasn’t commented since.

          • DJ

            I’m watching the World Cup. Good stuff!

          • ahnfire

            me too! I enjoy how the Columbians gather together to do a group dance when they score. teamwork!

          • DJ

            They are really good. I think they’ll tear Brazil a new one on Friday.

            Also, we’re coming up on 20 years since the murder of Andrés Escobar (the guy who was killed by the cartels for the unpardonable sin of giving up an accidental own goal against the US).

          • ahnfire

            I am a total bandwagon soccer fan, so I really don’t know any of the history. The only soccer I watch is Olympics and World Cup. That’s terrible, about Escobar D: Wasn’t there also a team that had to hide on their team plane because they played so badly? Something like that.

          • DJ

            Oh there are lots of stories. The Italians who got knocked out in 1966 by North Korea (words can’t describe the size of that upset) pelted with produce when they returned home. That’s only one that comes to mind.

            Then, 1950. The deciding match was Brazil vs Uruguay in Rio. Attendance: 200,000. Brazil lost. They used to wear a sharp-looking all-white uniform with blue trim. Never again. That’s why they wear what they wear now.

          • ahnfire

            Really? I didn’t know they were that superstitious. Sports superstitions for everyone!

          • DJ

            Oh yes. Brazil made the final in 58, and discovered at the last minute that they had to wear a change uniform because Sweden was going to wear yellow shirts and blue shorts (Sweden was the home team). The day before, they went out and bought blue shirts and white shorts to wear. The coach told the players — who loved wearing their yellow — “don’t worry, you’re wearing the colors of the Virgin Mary.” They won. Since then, when Brazil can’t wear yellow, they wear blue shirts and white shorts.

          • John

            So you’re a bandwagon soccer and hockey fan huh?

          • ahnfire

            Yes, I am a bandwagon soccer fan and I am a hockey fan! I’m so proud of you for using your reading comprehension. Your teachers must be so proud of you.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            oops … yup.

          • YoAdrienne

            It’s amazing how a big event can drag those types out from under the bridge.

          • ahnfire

            2 types who are upset at the Bollig trade: the meatheads and the teen girls (tumblr had a breakdown while I laughed and laughed)

          • YoAdrienne

            I’ve been watching Tumblr, too. It’s today’s entertainment. Those poor girls! Who will they fantasize over now?

          • The Nutbrown Hare

            I had no idea Bollig was considered some sort of heartthrob. I mean his beard was nicely trimmed and all, but still…

          • ahnfire

            It’s not surprising, given how much the organization used him in a bunch of fan promotion things.

            I should make it clear, I’m not really laughing at the teen girls for liking Bollig, but just the general hysteria/teen drama-ness of it all. I feel bad they’re so sad, but the whole “OMG MY WORLD IS OVERRR”-teenage angst is HILARIOUS to me. The poor children.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            I’d meant DJ … that he deleted his account because he couldn’t take the shame of such an elaborate burn.

          • YoAdrienne

            I thought you meant the other one, as he seemed to disappear. Maybe his burn was so elaborate, he singed himself, too.

          • DJ

            Thanks for the concern. Yeah…I was sobbing my eyes out in the corner of a dark room. I hadn’t seen a burn like that since…I don’t know, fourth grade?

          • John

            ellipses lulls you into that sense it’s over…then BOOM,….you must spend your weekend nights watching Harry Potter

          • ahnfire

            Occasionally, yes. You don’t watch movies?

            You should try it, having hobbies & outside interests are good for you. You get to grow as a person.

          • John

            Knowledge on the sport of Ice Hockey is obviously not one of your hobbies/interests!

          • ahnfire

            You’re right, I only moderate a comment sections in hockey blog for deep insights like yours, because I obviously don’t care about the sport at all.

            Where would I be without people of your intelligence, informing me how this Blackhawks team is doomed doomed doomed now that their 12th forward is gone?

            WOE TO THE BLACKHAWKS, THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY HAVE LOST.

          • John

            Chico Maki … not avatar douche!

          • ahnfire

            OHHHHH NOT CHICO YOU GOT…ok, I can’t say you got burned because really, this one isn’t that great. I mean, really? That doesn’t even make sense. You’re just throwing words random words together.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            I am not Chico Maki. And I’ll have you know, that avatar is my MOTHER. You got something to say now, punk, huh? Thought so.

          • Frank

            Chico Maki sounds like something that came out of my ass from eating taco bell last night

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            Good one. It sounds like poo.

        • DJ

          I’ve been watching hockey for a long time, bunkie. I remember those Flyer teams whom you slobber over. And the Canadiens, who surpassed them without stooping to their level.

          The game has moved on from 74. Do you need toughness to succeed? Sure. But if you don’t have skill, you cannot win in this league. And if you think any of the last 8 champions (Det, Pit, Chi, Bos, LA, Chi, LA) gooned it up on their way to the cup, you are a moron.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            (Boston may have a little, but I agree with you.)

          • DJ

            Well, yeah…anyone who gives a regular shift to Sean Thornton is never going to be considered an entirely skill-based team. But when you think of that Boston team, you think of Bergeron, Lucic, Chara…

            And even the Oilers had Semenko available if people took liberties with Gretzky.

  • John

    In Stan we trust…really? The bulin wall was a horrendus pickup along with Versteeg, resigning Handzus,Rozy and once again failing to close the deal on a prominent center is what Bowman has accomplished. 2010 was Dale’s core moves so Stanbo has one legit cup in 5 years with numerous future HOF players to work with! Oh and OVERRATED Crawford was grossly overpaid for 6 years at 36 million! What happened to promising studs like Brandon Pirri, Jimmy Hayes and Jeremy Morin that were supposed to crack the lineup in 2013? So here we go again with the same rhetoric from Stan about finding talent from within because he doesnt have the stones to pull off a big deal!

    • Joe Banks

      Lighten up, John…

      • mightymikeD

        let the trolls die of starvation, Joe..

        • Joe Banks

          You are correct, my frent.

      • guesthouse

        First name, John. Last name, Jaeckel.

        • ahnfire

          OH MAN YOU’RE STILL ALIVE, OH THANK GOODNESS.

          • guesthouse

            Me? Or John Jaeckel?

  • John

    joedl42-Ahh another bandwagon 2010 sally
    who believes fighting and toughness is not needed in this league and Bollig didn’t have a role in the regular season! Watch the World Cup it’s more up your alley! Love the Hawks but they are one of the softest teams in the league just like when Toews gets plastered in the third row by Orpik and Hossa, Saad and others put their tale between their legs and skate away from Toews lying on the ice! You now have two guys on this roster with a sack and that’s #29 and #7.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Nothing against toughness, nothing personally against Bollig, he’s a great guy, a tough guy, but give me a tough guy who can also play hockey.

      • Yachtsman

        Exactly. There were many times Kruger or Smith carried the puck and had Bollig in a shooting position, and they refused to pass to him. They knew it would result in a flub. Conversely, if he was carrying the puck, he would miss either of the two being wide open and take a shot that would be blocked. He really was dead weight that those two propped up.

    • ahnfire

      Oh, is it now time for everyone point and laugh at the guy who 1) doesn’t know how to use a reply button, and 2) thinks fighting and toughness are the same thing?

      Ahhh off-season trolling. What fun times.

      • mightymikeD

        have i told you lately that I love you?

        • Joe Banks

          She is dreamy, isn’t she?

          • mightymikeD

            the very best,,

      • John

        Fighting and toughness go hand in hand! You can’t be that slow?

        • birdhead

          This mentality is a problem not just in hockey but in the rest of the damn world. It is never ‘tough’ to solve problems with violence.

        • lizmcneill

          So Jelly isn’t tough? Takes a puck to the fucking throat and plays on unable to speak, but he’s soft because he doesn’t fight?

          • John

            This team lacks sandpaper you clueless trolls! Yes hammer can block shots with his body but that doesnt equate to grit! I give up!

          • ahnfire

            lolllll because GRIT means being punched in the face! it’s SOOOOO much stronger to get punched in the face as opposed to blocking a 80mph slapshot!

          • lizmcneill

            It’s much more fun to fantasize about punching someone in the face than fantasize about blocking shots, you see. Never mind that 99% of Internet Tough Guys could be easily taken down by Kaner in real life.

          • John

            You are surely not the 1%!

          • John

            Everyone in the league knows the Hawks lack grit and sandpaper but Hammer can block shots so we’re a tough team now! What a f-in idiot! Oh and the one guy who will stand in front of the opposing net 180lb Shaw!

          • ahnfire

            Guys who will stand in front of the net: Shaw, Smith, Bickell, Saad, Toews. Have you watched the Hawks, btw? That’s just off the top of my head thinking about our PP structure. (Note: who rarely stood in front of the net? Bollig. Because that’s not where the plays had him go.)

            The only people who thinks the Hawks lack grit and sandpaper are the idiots who think you have to punch your way to the Cup. There’s no way that people in the league want to emulate these soft, pansy Blackhawks! BE MORE LIKE CALGARY, LET’S PUNCH OUR WAY UP! WOO.

          • lizmcneill

            Jelly blocks a shot, preventing a goal.

            Bollig has a sideshow where he gets punches by Reaves for 2 minutes.

            Which actually helps win a hockey game?

          • HossasPierogi

            Good

        • ahnfire

          Sure, they go hand-in-hand, but they’re not the same thing. you can be tough and not be a fighter without raising a contradiction.

          I know the concept might be hard for you, but they are actually *not* synonyms. (a synonym is a word that means the same thing as the other word, btw)

        • ahnfire

          Oh man, I just realized I totally forgot to congratulate you for learning to use the reply button! I’m so sorry.

          Good for you, using the reply button! Hooray!

      • ChiCityKyle

        seabs doesn’t really fight

        • ahnfire

          true. Keith has fought much more, but Keith has more crazy in him.

        • John

          You’re right he doesnt fight anymore especially after that hit from Wisnwski a few years back. But he can give a big hit just ask Backes.

    • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

      This post actually scares the fuck out of me … no bloody way I’m crossing your path, get me the hell out of here.

  • John

    Makes you wonder when Bowman does feel pressure to change. Apparently when your main competition in the west choose to dramatically increase their firepower (L.A. last year with Gaborik, now Anaheim), it’s fine to stand pat and try to plug the whole with Handzus or Shaw.

    You need someone who can set up Kane and Saad reliably, and those two (Well, now just Shaw), are not the answer to the problem. Neither is having Teravainen (sp) play a position he’s not used to playing. Make the move, get a bonafide second line center, and another Stanley Cup.

    Don’t, and watch Anaheim and LA blow right past you.

    • birdhead

      You think Anaheim is the Hawks’ main competition? I’ll worry about Anaheim the second there’s a chance they get out of the Pacific, and not before.

      • lizmcneill

        I’m a little worried the Sharks are going to destroy themselves from within, thus making life easier for LA (and the Ducks)

        • birdhead

          Well, they didn’t trade Jumbo Joe yet, hey? So …

          • lizmcneill

            Yet. I very much doubt the return would make them better.

    • lizmcneill

      What’s your plan to fit a bona fide 2C under the cap? Don’t forget DDN, Saad etc need extensions next year.

      • John

        Dump Leddy, Oduya and/or Sharp if there are any takers. Love Sharp but wingers who can score are not as hard to find as a star 2C who can set up Kane and win crucial face offs.

  • Joe Banks

    What a beautiful day! Such a beautiful day! – Nothing could possibly spoil it…

    • mightymikeD
      • Joe Banks

        Very nice…

      • Arctic Ice

        Been listening to his music since his Spaceman3 days… These guys are so good.

        • mightymikeD

          me too, my frent.. lucky enough to have caught Mr Pierce live six times.. some of the best shows I’ve ever seen

  • YoAdrienne
    • VanDorp’sMullet

      I can see both sides of this… Nashville has a great goaltender and some good young d in place, is changing systems to open it up more (presumably) and I can think of worse places to live. But on the other hand, that would be a lot of pressure on Spezza to provide the offense for a team fairly barren of talented forwards (not sure what they have in the pipeline) and you’re also almost certainly looking at a couple of years before they really contend for the Cup (barring the old catching lightening in a bottle and having Rinne carry them on his back). I wonder if Spezza is hoping to get traded to the Hawks? Does he seem to have a preference?