• SuperHawk27

    either I didn’t get enough sleep, or I completely missed the point of what Bernstein was trying to convey…that, and he uses too many big words….

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Pretty sure it was “Some people will buy or read anything.”

      • 10thMountainFire

        Bernstein rarely has a point other than ‘people who aren’t me are stupid’.

      • 1benmenno

        He bandies words about.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Does he ever actually have a point?

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

      That was an awful article, a facility with words meekly passed off as good writing. He’s probably got it in him to write well. Too bad he doesn’t. Also, charity is apparently for fools.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        CBS says that was good writing? That’s like saying Carl’s Jr. is healthy food.

        • laaarmer

          What is wrong with Carl’s Jr?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            oh, nothing. I love it. I’m soaking in it now.

          • raditzzzz

            there is not one anywhere nearby me.

          • Accipiter

            It’s the healthiest food you could eat.

      • DesertHawk

        I think the ice thing is kinda nifty. If I do grab it(is it even still available?) I’d put it between the two commemorative charity pucks I got after the ’10 Cup win.

      • 10thMountainFire

        Bernstein uses elaborate, flowery language with rhetorical flourishes because he’s masking an inferiority complex. However, his words betray him on this particular issue.

    • Waylon

      Berstein doesn’t know anything about the sport, so this kind of snark is his usual MO. When you can’t write anything worthwhile or entertaining, try to baffle them with bullshit.

      • 10thMountainFire

        Just an excuse for him to moan. He’s an absolute fuckwad.

    • 10thMountainFire

      Bernstein knows about as much about hockey as I do about String Theory.

      He never misses a chance to flap his lips about things he knows shit about. Insufferable, arrogant asshole.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Barring injury we won’t have to worry about the back up goalie situation come the playoffs. Q is not one to platoon goalies during the second season. The only question for Raanta, can he win enough games to allow Crow to be rested for the playoffs?

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    It’s begun early. Two points, one lousy game, separates 1 through 7 in the west (including 1-4 in the central division), and the first place team in the east would rank ninth in the west.

    If the Hawks somehow finish the road trip at the top of the division, look out, central.

  • Paul the Fossil

    Down Goes Brown’s quarter-pole teams report card:

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/10009118/nhl-quarter-season-evaluation

    • Joe Banks

      Nice.

    • cliffkoroll

      Excellent

    • VerStig

      Loved this.. in the face of the eastern bias pandemic: “the Western Conference is basically your copy of NHL 95 after your college roommate got drunk and edited all the players to have 99 ratings”

      • VerStig

        Also… DGB has a book?! No wai!

    • Z-man19

      His predictions for the rest of the year are pretty interesting.

      1. The Blues will trade for Ryan Miller
      2. The Yotes and Avs both miss the playoffs
      3. Tampa doesn’t make the playoffs and Dallas does
      4. Mallards clear 100 points for the season and get bounced in the first round.

      With Stamkos out, I guess the Tampa thing isn’t too hard to imagine and neither is Colorado falling on their ass. The rest is fairly bold in my opinion.

      • 10thMountainFire

        Why would Scum Jr deal for Miller? No way both Avs and Coyotes miss the playoffs. What the…

        • lizmcneill

          Don’t Scum Jr have good goaltending and a kid in the minors they are high on for if Halak clears off in free agency? Having said that, Backes and Jackman would fit right in in Buffalo!

          • 10thMountainFire

            My thoughts exactly. Why in the world would they deal young talent for an aging netminder with Halak and Elliot in net?

    • 10thMountainFire

      ‘…Chicago has done it about the way you’d expect — with a balanced offense, strong defense, and goaltending that’s been good enough…’

      I don’t know that ‘strong defense’ and ‘galtending that’s been good enough’ is accurate.

      • 1benmenno

        strong goaltending and a defense that’s been good enough?

        • 10thMountainFire

          That’s what I thought.

          • lizmcneill

            no goaltending team that includes Khabi can be described as strong. Happily, the all-Crow-all-the-time show was whenever they couldn’t buy a goal.

  • Korab22

    Wanted: Better understanding of CBA, LTIR, and salary cap

    So Khabi was placed on LTIR which gave the Hawks dollars to bring up Raanta and now Morin. Yesterday Cap Geek was at 2.1 milliion of cap space. With the addition of Morin, we dropped to 1.4. I’ve got that. Assuming no changes to LTIR, it seems we could add another 1.4 in annual salary – say Broadhurst and Mills if Bicks and Hossa remain dinged but not LTIR eligible.

    Here’s where things start getting fuzzy for me. Let’s say Handzus is pronounced healthy (say today). His 1 million comes off LTIR. Do the Hawks immediately need to drop 1 million from their current payroll? Or, because they still have 1.4 million available, are they allowed to just add him and keep the roster as is?

    Lastly, once Khabi serves his 10 games/24 days, let’s say Handzus, Kostka, and Khabi come off LTIR together on the same day. Do the Hawks still get to spend up to the current cap the rest of the year (64.3 million) or are they now penalized so to speak for exceeding the cap due to LTIR? Essentially, do they have to recoup the LTIR dollars and therefore work the rest of the year with a cap of something less than 64.3?

    I have one more question regarding the possible impact to next year’s cap hit, but this thing has gotten long. Thank you in advance.

    • cliffkoroll

      ditto for cliffkoroll

    • BrandonPirri

      Apologies if this is unclear or anything in advance.

      >Do the Hawks immediately need to drop 1 million from their current payroll?

      No, they do not. They’ll have $460,000 in cap room after adding Handzus.

      >Lastly, once Khabi serves his 10 games/24 days, let’s say Handzus, Kostka, and Khabi come off LTIR together on the same day. Do the Hawks still get to spend up to the current cap the rest of the year (64.3 million) or are they now penalized so to speak for exceeding the cap due to LTIR?

      They still get to spend up to 64.3 million, however if everyone came back, the Blackhawks would be over the cap by 1.8 million, which would mean someone needs to be traded, or 1.8 million needs to be sent back down to Rockford. Most likely, at this point, the Hawks have a discussion with Khabibulin, tell him he’s done, and then send Morin or Pirri back down to the minors because they have to. If Khabi decides he’s playing again this year, Raanta, Morin and Pirri are all finishing the year in Rockford.

      • raditzzzz

        correction, If Khabi decides he’s playing again this year, Raanta, Morin and Pirri are all going back down to Rockford…until he gets injured again and goes back on LTIR.

        • lizmcneill

          He can be waived and 925K of him buried. Obviously dead cap space is not a good plan but that would leave room for one of the kids.

      • Korab22

        Thank you for this. Let me clarify that last question. Because we are currently spending more than 64.3 million on a pro rata basis, once these players come back from LTIR, will we need to spend less than 64.3 on a pro rata basis so as not to exceed the 64.3 total for the year?

        • zacked

          No, LTIR does not need to be paid back.

          • Korab22

            Thank you zacked. Besides the current dollar savings of keeping Morin in the minors prior to Tuesday’s game (ie. he got paid his AHL salary and not his NHL salary) were there any Cap reasons to leave him in Rockford? Did not having him on the NHL roster that night, or sooner, create any future Cap benefit?

          • Z-man19

            yes

          • Korab22

            Are you sure, or did you flip a coin? I need to get this problem solved before I can move on to world peace and feeding the hungry.

          • zacked

            No, there were no cap reasons to keep Morin down that I’m aware of. You can’t bank leftover space (like you normally would) when you’re using LTIR.

      • Z-man19

        unless Pirri just shits the bed in the near future, he’s not going back down. Smith, Morin and Raanta go first.

        • mad-hatter

          Smith is not exempt from waivers, so he’s staying as well.

          • Z-man19

            Or traded

        • BrandonPirri

          Ben Smith’s contract is not two-way anymore. Only Pirri’s contract can be buried in Rockford. Hawks would have to trade someone to keep Pirri.

          • Z-man19

            That ruins my day, gah

      • zacked

        What do you mean by done for Khabi? If he retires, the ‘hawks are screwed because it’s a 35+ contract, right? Their best bet is to send him somewhere else to save the 925k.

        • lizmcneill

          It’s a one-year deal, so the 25+ rule doesn’t apply.

          • zacked

            Makes sense, thanks. In that case, Nikolai, my friend, aren’t you feeling tired? Is it not time to retire and enjoy your hard earned money?

      • 10thMountainFire

        Pirri is not going back down.

  • Accipiter
    • Paul the Fossil

      “linesman are calling it wrong fairly often, they’re calling it differently among themselves” — so the linesmen have got hybrid icing up to the same level of enforcement as the refs with interference and the league with supplemental discipline. So what’s the news here?

  • Daze55

    Maybe we can continue the trade magic going with Winnipeg using our Chicago connnection with Cheveldayoff. Brookbank, Khabbi, and a lightly used 1977 Buick LeSabre for Andrew Ladd.

    • SuperHawk27

      It has to be black magic, regular magic won’t work. Also acceptable are Jedi mind tricks

      • 1benmenno

        These are not the draft picks you are looking for.

    • 10thMountainFire

      The salary cap gymnastics would be shape-shifting.

      • Daze55

        Bowman is up for the task.

  • https://twitter.com/robondacob CitizenKaner
  • VerStig
  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Hossa playing tonight according to Blackhawk Nation.

    • Z-man19

      Thank Hossa

    • Z-man19

      please tell me it’s Morin in and MP out or on D

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    St Louis in Boston, Avs in Phoenix, Mallards idle. Time to redeem, boys.

  • Daze55

    Anyone going to the Piggery tonight? I feel like Thursday drinking is more than acceptable.

  • 10thMountainFire

    You know, for a guy who spends a large part of his ‘show’ berating callers for leaning on intangibles and generalizations in their analysis of sports, Bernstein absolutely represents the idea of leaning on intangibles and generalizations when he ‘discusses’ hockey. It’s unfortunate that I will have to live the rest of my life knowing that I once heard Dan fuckin Bernstein speak as though he were an authority on the game of hockey. Just like you tell the majority of your callers… Shut the fuck up, Dan.