• Sparky_The_Barbarian

    Saw the Howson headline on Yahoo this morning. Stan better watch out, there’s an unemployed GM out there just waiting for an opening….

    The Sharp article makes lemonade out of lemons. I’d like to hire Tracy to prepare my next employee review.

  • MySpoonIsTooBig

    Gotta say I was really disappointed last night when I heard about Howson getting fired. It’s gonna be harder to make fun of Columbus when they’re no longer a complete laughingstock virtually devoid of actual NHL-caliber talent…

  • 10thMountainFire

    At this point, with the PP in such dire straits, is having Bollig and Carcillo on the roster in place of guys like Morin and Pirri really anything but a fucking joke? I guess I’m just wondering why Bollig is even on the roster in place of a guy like Morin.

    • ahnfire

      Bollig is bigger & less of an injury concern?

      I’d prefer Morin because he’s a hockey player, but he’s smaller, so even if he was up here, I can hear the cries of “Our team is so small, bring in some guy like big John Scott!”

      • 10thMountainFire

        That’s a really good point. Really, you can’t win either way. But I think considering that Bollig, other than punching guys on skates in the face, doesn’t really impact on the forecheck per say. I personally prefer Morin and agree with you 100%.

  • DesertHawk

    The OCR link is a 404 basically.

  • raditzzzz
    • KenOda

      The Hawks have a plethora of wings and lack center depth. Adding O’Reilly as a 2C and dropping Bolly back to 3C and moving one of Stalberg, Bickell, Shaw, Carcillo, or Frolik makes more sense.

      • Accipiter

        I was thinking something along those lines, Stals is a nice player that we may not be able to re-sign, same with Bicks. Don’t know the Avs needs but I think it would be in our best interest to keep Bolland around for now.

        • raditzzzz

          it seems to me that the transaction is a wash, as bolly has a record of similar offensive production. i guess the question is projected upside. and i’m not sure i agree with the lack of depth at center issue- with shaw and kruger around, they have shown the ability to perform well in the lower lines at center, suggesting that bolland doesn’t need to be a necessity. the issue is lack of center depth on the second line.

          the age and injury record also swings in favor of o’reilly, although the issue of price would be a whole lot stickier- im sure he’s looking for pay dirt. but for all the moaning we do for a second line center, would it be worth the risk?

          • laaarmer

            Can’t we just put Sharp there and be done with it? It’s not like he’s lighting the league on fire at wing right now. Didn’t the Hawks win the cup……….(you know the rest).

          • Joe Banks

            I think so…

        • 10thMountainFire

          Considering that Q has seemed intent on not really trusting #25 on the PP… considering that our PP fucking sucks… considering we’re likely going to lose #25 to FA anyway… yeah. You can finish it.

          • ahnfire

            ?? Stals is on the PP right now. He’s on the 2nd unit, playing the guy in front of the net.

          • 10thMountainFire

            No, I get it… but Q has shown little faith in Stalberg, especially on the PP, in years past. Additionally, he has done nothing on the PP on the scorer’s sheet… though I understand his presence and speed probably do a lot to impact the unit. Though the unit has continued to look… completely worthless.

          • Joe Banks

            It will be difficult to hang onto Stalberg next year, so I guess I could “live” with that. Someone is gonna have to part with a ‘frontliner” to get this guy.
            If you go to MHH, the posts indicate fans really love this guy.

      • 10thMountainFire

        So, assuming Stalberg is involved in any move, who fits that slot? Do you bring up Morin or Pirri? Do you push defensive-minded Frolik into that spot and hope he somehow finds his hands and feel for the back of the net? Or do you roll with Bickell as Brouwer v2.0?

      • Joe Banks

        I’m pretty sure the O’reilly bidding war is about to get insane. Stan knows when to walk away.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      I would love to see O’Reilly in a ‘Hawks sweater but trading Bolland for O’Reilly would be idiotic, though Tab spewing bullshit is by no means surprising. A package could definitely be put together for O’Reilly, but it should not include Bolland. I would say a reasonable package would include 1 or 2 roster players (Kruger, Shaw, Bickell, and Stalberg are the names that come to mind here), 1 or 2 prospects (don’t wanna part with a guy like Danault but he could really tempt the Avs, other tempting pieces could include McNeill, Pirri, Morin, Clendening or Olsen), and an early-to-mid round pick. The total package could look something like Shaw, Danault, Olsen, and a 3rd round pick or something to that effect. I’m not sure what the Avs needs are or what exactly they’d be looking for in return, but if that package or something similar isn’t enough then the asking price is just too high.

      • Joe Banks

        No Danault… he is the chosen one.

        • MySpoonIsTooBig

          I love the promise of Danault, but as a prospect he’s still very much an unknown commodity. O’Reilly has shown what he can do at the NHL level, and acquiring him would solve the hole at 2C and do so for potentially a very long time since he’s only 22. If the ‘Hawks were to acquire O’Reilly there wouldn’t really be room for Danault to crack this roster anytime soon…

    • red palace

      I won the faceoff
      But I lost the next fourteen of them, oh no, oh!
      I won the faceoff
      But I do not win them too often, ooh ooh, oooh

      Yeah, all around in my home town
      They’re sayin’ I bring the team down
      They say they want to make me an ex-Hawk
      For my slowness on the draw
      For my slowness on the draw
      But I say-y-y, oh now now, ohh

      I won the faceoff, yes it was a rather rare event, oh yeah
      I say, I won the faceoff, but I swear it’s insignificant, yeah

      They always hated me, hated me
      For just what, they knew not
      So just to fuck with their heads
      I won one at the dot
      I won one at the dot
      And so-o-o

      I won the faceoff, that does not happen every day, ooh ooh
      I say, I won the faceoff, but we still can’t run a power play, no no

      So what is to be must be
      I’ll save my luck for when I need, yeah
      ‘Til then I’ll do what I always do
      Take it out on the Sedins
      Yeah, I’ll take it out on the Sedins
      I say-y-y-

      I won the faceoff, but I lost the next fourteen of them
      I won the faceoff, but I lost the next fourteen of them

      • Joe Banks

        Eric, is that you? Quit hanging out with Yoko.

  • wardrums

    Car bomb is about to blow up the lines…
    was a perfect title

    • KenOda

      Thanks

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      Agree, perfect title. Idiotic premise though – the only “tough” decision that Q is going to have to make when Carcillo is cleared to play is who among him, Mayers, and Bollig will skate with Kruger and Frolik on the 4th line and which 2 will be in the press box…
      (For the record, that’s by no means a dig at you Ken for posting a link to the article, just a dig at the article itself)

  • Joe Banks
    • Accipiter

      Did Backes fight each one of his teammates ?

      • 10thMountainFire

        Did he make TJ Oshie cry?

        • Z-man19

          Like that’s a difficult thing.

  • Accipiter

    Poor Erik Karlsson. He may have had his achilles tendon severed in a board battle with Matt Cooke. Sens players are dropping like flies.

    • Z-man19

      I wonder if he made it worse trying to skate off. It looked unpleasant until he tried to push off and then it looked like someone shot him.

      • 10thMountainFire

        Well, he DID say Matt Cooke was involved…

        • Z-man19

          Cook’s skate cut him, Kaarlson knew it wasn’t good but then tried to skate off. One push off that leg and he just about went down again. Didn’t put weight on that leg again

          • Joe Banks

            I thought it was weird that Cooke lifted his left leg as he pinned him into the boards. The blade of his skate went inside the back of Karlsson’s skate boot.
            Surgery required, (to undo Cooke’s surgery) looks like achilles to me.

          • 10thMountainFire

            That rehab is going to test every last bit of his character. I hope he comes back even better.

          • Z-man19

            They have announced the surgery?

          • Accipiter

            Yes, he will need surgery.

          • Z-man19

            That really sucks. Did you think there was intent on Cook’s part? I don’t know how you would think to do that

          • Accipiter

            Nah, it was accidental.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Man that sucks.

    • red palace

      That’s terrible. I love watching him play, one of my favorite non-Hawks.

    • TheFullAmonte

      That was tough to watch. As a warning, do not attempt to watch in slow-mo to better see how it happened. Hope he can come back in the future and play as well as he has been.