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Morning Links 2.4.14

Ok that date is just weird…

Kane inspired: Chicago Tribune

Hurrikane in LA: Cheer The Anthem

6000: HockeeNight

Torts is sorry: Montreal Gazette

Moving on from Broadway: TSN

This will be problematic for anyone not wearing a Maple Leaf in Russia: Sportsnet

Because girls play hockey in Europe aswell: PuckDaddy

Considering the last time they were there nobody showed up: Globe

Missing one very important name: Score

 

  • bizarrohairhelmet
    • lizmcneill

      Poor kid.

    • 10thMountainFire

      He responded like a Champion. Kaner’s a great human being.

      • 1benmenno

        His family sound like a very supportive group and he shows class in acknowledging it every chance he gets.

        • 10thMountainFire

          I could not agree more. I’m a believer that your actions reflect your parents. Kaner’s got some great ones, apparently.

  • Bannerman

    Everyone be sure to vote Bollig for team MVP in the CTA poll.

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      felt so dirty

  • bigtreina

    What’s really the deal with Bick’s minutes. His play hasn’t warranted the benching. Handzus, on the other hand, needs to sit every now and then to be effective. So what is the deal? Odd man out? That’s an expensive odd man.

    • Bannerman

      I’m going with not 100% recovered from the knee injuries.

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        Except that Bickell has specifically said that his knees are not the issue

        • M7

          Yeah, but a lot of athletes will say that because they don’t want to make excuses for their play. It’s an honourable approach but probably a little dishonest too.

          He has, IMO, no jump out there. His first 3 strides are gone at the moment. Even if he’s telling the truth and his knees feel fine – the injury allowed his legs to weaken or something. He’ll get it back, but it might take an entire off-season of training to get it all back. Right now he’s fighting attrition.

    • Face of Boe

      I really don’t get it. I don’t want to talk about if he should be playing or not, everyone has thoughts about that. I just don’t understand why you have a guy dress for the game if you don’t plan on letting him play. It just puts more miles on everyone else.

      The Hawks have talent up and down their lineup and in rockford. There is no reason that everyone that is dressed shouldn’t play at least 10 minutes.

      Right or wrong, if Q doesn’t trust Bicks, find someone that he does trust. If this is a slump, 5-8 minutes a night probably isn’t enough to ever break out of it. If he is hurt, sit him and give him time to heal.

      I just feel like in-and-out of the lineup and then 8 minutes on the ice isn’t helping anyone.

      • bigtreina

        “I just feel like in-and-out…8 minutes” – spot on. Exactly. Nice post.

    • M7

      I can’t judge this on a normal telecast, but I was at the Hawks game in Calgary and Bickell’s play, off of the puck, was absolutely abysmal. Horrible position, awareness was shot to hell, in no position to cut-off passing lanes, skating himself out of passing lanes (so Hawks D-men couldn’t use him), no momentum to get in on the forecheck, poorly timed line-changes. You name it, he did it poorly. If his play off the puck in other games has been half that bad I can see why Q is pissed.

      Having said all that, I have no idea what his play has been like in the games I haven’t been at.

      • bigtreina

        That’s the problem with hockey – everyone has an off game now and then – even stars. Difference is that stars are allowed to play out of their slumps. Bickell is too expensive to not let play out of his slump, IMO.

        • M7

          I agree. However, due to the fact that Bick’s is in Q’s doghouse – it stands to reason that his play off of the puck has been sub-par for stretches. Play that bad compromises everyone’s positioning and effectiveness out there. I can’t see Q tolerating that which is likely why Bickell finds himself in the $hithouse.

          I’m guessing it’s a physical/mechanical problem from the knee surgeries (and wrist surgery) that aren’t allowing him to perform all aspects of his game. Then he starts trying to cheat on his positioning, it doesn’t go well and bang, doghouse. I don’t think it’s a long term thing but I would probably manage his minutes the same way if i was Q.

        • mazer_rackham

          Why would his salary affect whether or not he is allowed to “play out of his slump”? Seems to me that roster usage and whether the coach thinks he is replaceable would be better decision points.

          • bigtreina

            Sure, I hear you. If financial flexibility wasn’t important. The Hawks are into getting bang for their buck, even though they have very high priced stars on their roster. This is why we must endure Bollig, play 7th defender @ forward, etc. Bicks ‘earned’ his money with his playoff performances, why else would they resign him. You signed him Stanbow, use him or lose him.

    • red palace

      Last night, all the non-5v5 time was a factor. Bicks had only four-something minutes through two periods, did some catching up in the third when there was only one penalty.

  • lizmcneill

    Who’s the missing name? Do we have someone with an ironman streak going?

    • bigtreina

      I think Bollig has skated in every game this year! Ha!

      • ballyb11

        As well he should.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Uh-huh.

    • Joe DeTolve
      • lizmcneill

        Ohhh of course.

    • Paul the Fossil

      Steve Larmer is 3rd all-time with a streak of 884.

      Also oddly omitted is the current active streak leader, Jay Bouwmeester at 689.

      Also odd is this statement: “There aren’t a whole lot of ironmen in the NHL at all, let alone currently,” — huh? “Let alone currently”? To date there have been 20 players in league history who reached 500 consecutive games played. Three are active and three more retired within just the last two years. In fact only 4 of those all-time top 20 iron men retired earlier than 1982. The modern era is if anything the golden age of NHL iron men.

  • M7

    Love how Eruzione still refers to the “Soviets” in the Globe & Mail article. I’m not the only one!

  • red palace

    Give Leddy the same partner two games in a row and look what happens! I thought 32 had a fine game Saturday, and apparently Q did too. Last night, not so much. But if that’s what a little stability does for Nick, then fuck it, lock ‘im in there.

    • bigtreina

      With the way he skates I don’t understand why he hasn’t taken Oduya’s minutes yet. Although he played ok last night, Oduya’s had his problems lately, yet doesn’t get benched. Seabrook/Leddy crap their pants once and ride pine. Guess I’m not NHL coach material.

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        I think Fels hit the nail on the head w/ a tweet last night about the likelihood of Leddy moving up the the 2nd pairing w/ Hjammer next season after the ‘Hawks move Oduya at the draft this summer…

        • 10thMountainFire

          Has Stan notified Q?

        • Commit88

          If Q doesn’t like playing Bickell or Pirri or Morin, imagine how he will feel playing Leddy top 4 minutes and also a rookie back there on D??

          We’ll be back to Keith playing 25+ minutes a night. Leddy in the playoffs last year was scary bad also. Him in the top 4 makes me nervous.

      • 10thMountainFire

        Likely a number of things has Q more confident in the Hammer-Oduya pairing, to include shared language (Swedish), familiarity, and experience.

        I’d like to see Leddy on that second pairing soon as well but I understand the logic behind Hammer-Oduya if it’s the above stated.

      • cliffkoroll

        They tried this last year. Leddy was having a great season, and Oduya was struggling a bit. After they flipped them, Leddy got his lunch and Oduys’a game was revived, just in time for the playoffs, when they switched them back.

  • jordyhawk

    How much of Corsi deficit was a result of faceoff losses? Why is there no faceoff-adjusted-Corsi? Where are you now Bill James?

    • birdhead

      None of it. It’s because the Kings are a disgustingly good possession team and they were trailing for most of the game.

  • Preacher

    Having NHL Center Ice to watch the Hawks’ games sometimes limits my choice of broadcasts to watch. Last night, I was forced to watch the Kings feed. Their color man apparently feels it’s necessary to fill up every possible moment of air time with words. I’ll take Foley and Mr. Drinking Game over the constant blabber of this guy. Holy crap, was he irritating to listen to!

    • Z-man19

      ditto Preach, a second or two of dead air time is ok

      • 1benmenno

        Equally important as Commentary Corsi (CC) is Quality of Commentary (QoC) .

        • Z-man19

          for that guy, less would be more

      • VerStig

        I can understand it on radio but on TV sometimes you just need to let it breathe

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      Living outside of the Chicago area myself, I understand what you’re dealing with. Over the last several years I’ve tried both NHL Center Ice and NHL GameCenter LIVE (streaming service via the NHL instead of going through the cable company). They’re identically priced, and I’ve got to say that for a multitude of reasons GCL is without question the better product (provided you’ve got a decent internet connection). Here’s a couple of the highlights:

      1) Center Ice has a finite number of channels available, if there are a number of games going on at once you run into the issue that you had last night where only 1 feed is available. With GCL you can choose between the home and away feed every game, regardless of how many games are going on at once

      2) Similarly, I don’t know how much has been updated but when I had Center Ice there was only 1 HD feed, if the ‘Hawks game was on the HD feed great but if another game was on the HD feed you only had SD feed available. Again this is a product of their having a finite number of channels available, with GCL the only factor in the quality of the feed you see is your internet connection – if you’ve got a good connection, you can see every feed in HD.

      3) GCL is online streaming, which means you can watch it on any device. There’s an app I can watch on my phone or tablet if I’m traveling for work and not home, I can watch on my laptop if I’m stuck in the office late, there are apps for AppleTV and PS3 / PS4 so I can still watch it on my large TV, etc. Center Ice is obviously only available on your TV, so if you’re not home or if your wife/husband/partner/whatever kicks you off the TV you’re SOL.

      4) DVR functionality. If you have Center Ice and you’re not going to be home for the start of the game, or if you’re going to miss the game entirely but want to watch it the next day, or whatever you have to remember to set your DVR and you have to pray that if the game goes long the recording doesn’t end before the game does. This also can cause problems if you can only record 2 shows at once on your DVR and there are other shows that you’d like to record (and by problems, I mean arguments w/ your significant other). With GCL it’s built in, I can start watching the game 30 minutes late and just move the slider back to the start, and I don’t have to worry about the end getting cut off. Or I can watch the game the next day, and the folks running GCL will have already loaded up a feed that has the intermissions and commercials removed so I can just watch the game straight through. They also do condensed versions of every game, boiling it down to the most essential ~10 minutes of hockey.

      There are more reasons why GCL is the better product, but those are the big ones IMO. Something to think about for next season.

  • Paul the Fossil

    The Canuckleheads lost again last night, got shut out actually despite the return of both Henrik Sedin and Torts. Unfortunately the other team I most want to miss the playoffs, the Flyers, won.

  • 1benmenno

    Speaking of great glove saves . . . an oldie but a goodie, Belfour on Federov:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW2pSu2aFFM

    • VerStig

      dat glove hand tho

      • 1benmenno

        precisely, my frent

        • Z-man19

          is that Savard taking the lumber chop at the passer? Looks like he’s trying to sever a limb

          • 1benmenno

            that was Savard ala Paul Bunyan

          • Z-man19

            ninja should make that her avatar

          • 10thMountainFire

            It’s Scum. It’s deserved.

    • 10thMountainFire

      That’s my favorite save of all-time.

  • birdhead

    Is it just me or has Hossa missed a lot of practices lately?

    • 1benmenno

      No, I think you’ve missed a lot of practices too, birdhead.

      • birdhead

        Ha ha ha. But seriously it seems like every day’s been a maintenance day. Sick? Injured? I’m ballyb’d.

        • Accipiter

          Q on Hossa :

          “I know your body usually tells you if you need a day off, have a day off,” Quenneville said. “The experience and the time of the season, guys who have played as long as he has [can have a day off.] We’ll let him tell us, and he has that privilege.”

          • birdhead

            That certainly seems to fit in with Q’s general management style.

          • Preacher

            Hossa has played more games than most players by virtue of having gone to the Finals 4 different times in the last 6 years. And he’s old. And he seems to be playing just fine with lots of days off. If it works, keep doing it.

          • VerStig

            And the Olympics