• raditzzzz

    did i miss the memo that the fanpost section was going to disappear? or am i crazy?

    • Accipiter

      Yes. It gone.

      • raditzzzz

        just poured a little liquor on the ground…

  • 10thMountainFire

    For the record on my previous post about having two Top 10 Norris Trophy candidates… Hjalmarsson as a top 10 candidate is not such an insane possibility.

    • jordyhawk

      I was just thinking about how stellar he is game-in, game-out. I’ve been noticing he even seems to be trying to do more to jump start the offense which is such a far cry from the ringarounds off the high glass and icings that used to infest his transition game. Locking him up for 5 more years at 4.1 per is such a steal.

      • Waylon

        he’s definitely gotten over the yips in his own end that started to plague him after his stellar season during the first cup run. He’s also dishing it out when the opportunity presents itself, just aweseome to watch him reach what we all felt was his full potential (as did Doug Wilson).

        • thepuckstopshere

          OK for him to be considered part of the Core of this club?

          • Waylon

            I would tend to think that the powers that be in the organization consider him very much a part of their long – term future, but his next contract will tell the tale. His play has definitely merited his current contract IMHO.

          • lizmcneill

            His next contract is a good while off. Thank you Jelly for your home discount.

      • thepuckstopshere

        Matured and seasoned well in the last few seasons. Wasen’t long ago he was possible moving on.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Hammer as the best D man on the Hawks is not an insane possibility.

      Kieth can be awesome, but Hammer seems to have been more consistent.

      • laaarmer

        Keith’s mistakes just look crazy bad because he is so freaking good.
        Hjammer is good, but he is #3 on the team. Seabrook is better.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Fair to say that Keith’s speed and aggressiveness make him more likely to be in situations where mistakes can be made?

          • laaarmer

            He also has the puck a lot, so yeah.

          • rhodes

            I think so, yes. Hammer plays more conservatively. Keith’s speed probably allows him to recover more from mistakes than cause them, tho.

        • Preacher

          Laaarmer, are you trying to bait the TOS? :)

          • laaarmer

            NO, they have enough

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Are you trying to chum TCI?

          • laaarmer

            No, fuck off.

            Seabrook is better, you know it.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Here. Best to use a bucket of Quenville’s blood.

          • 10thMountainFire

            I’ll take both.

        • rhodes

          Keith is a more talented D man than Hammer, but… He seems to get caught more than Hammer pinching when he shouldn’t and making a tough pass that he shouldn’t (IMO). Maybe this comes from too much confidence?

          As for Seabrook, didn’t we trade that guy already?

        • Bannerman

          Seabrook is clearly better offensively. Defensively, the picture is less clear.

          • laaarmer

            How is it less clear. Please explain this. I like to see how people explain Seabrooks lack of defensive abilities. Is it speed? hjammer is not a Gazelle either. Is it strength? What is it?
            Seabrook is fucking good. You all know it. Hjammer is too.
            Like I have said, switch Hjammer and Seabrook. See if Oduya becomes a better player and Keith too. Or see if each plays worse.

            My bet is Oduya plays better and Keith plays worse. However, neither by much.

  • Accipiter
    • 10thMountainFire

      ‘Don’t fall victim to the trite argument via results; as I’ve discussed in the past, goals can be an incredibly misleading measurement of how well a team is truly playing. They are relatively random events that can occur independently of other “game dominant” factors, such as which team has possessed the puck more or had more offensive chances.’

    • thepuckstopshere

      No puck luck and the hockey Gods have been frowning upon our beloved HAWKS in O.T. this year! Let skip the rest of this long season and get to some playoff hockey please!

  • jordyhawk

    Nobody is holding any immediate expectations for TT. Yeah, right.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      This could be Dragon Boy’s audition to make the playoff roster, but given Q’s lack of trust with rookies in the playoffs, better to consider it his audition for next year’s roster.

      • laaarmer

        Small teenager. Gonna get it handed to him a bit.

      • ballyb11

        Is the playoff roster set in advance? How does it work?

      • jordyhawk

        Capgeek tweeting that there is not enough room unless someone is sent down or moved to LTIR (Khabby already there). Runblad not waiver exempt, so unlikely to be him. Maybe Regin. Disclaimer: I am just passing the capgeek tweet along, can’t say if it’s 100% but they’re supposed to be the experts).

  • pepe_silvia

    Does anyone think that maybe this offseason we switch Leddy and Oduya? Having 2 absolute shutdown pairings would be stellar. And it’s not that Oduya is a liability per se, it just seems like his play has dipped this year. It may be fatigue, but I’m starting to think 2013 was a career year for him defensively.

    • jordyhawk

      Leddy was #4 last year until Q swapped them. I know you said next year, but if we were talking about right now I don’t think Q trusts him in that role. Tonight will be a good game to watch Leddy closely; gaps, reads, ability to handle forecheck. I think he still has to improve his defense a lot before Q will say “yeah um, we like him a lot on both sides of the puck.”

      • pepe_silvia

        I agree, and what I was thinking was that he has made great strides this year, and maybe he takes some more big steps in the offseason. There’s also the issue of not messing with the chemistry that Hammer and Oduya have, but I think that Hammer and Leddy could get used to each other really fast.

        • laaarmer

          Last night you saw Leddy under immense pressure on the 2nd Hartnell goal. He had many opportunities to move that puck and finally threw it behind the net, where Brookbank lost his battle as well.
          I am a proponent of Leddy switching with Oduya, but I see why Q doesn’t do it too.

          • ballyb11

            Just looked at the replay on NHL.com and Sharp threw the puck behind the net. Replay doesn’t show “Leddy / intense pressure”. Before clip?

          • laaarmer

            watch it again

          • ballyb11

            Still looks like Leddy never touches the puck. Went by him. Coulda stopped / handled it, but didn’t.

          • laaarmer

            It’s actually a long sequence, but I remember Leddy having some trouble with the board battle. Brookbank should have been better as I watch that goal. Shaw too.

  • ballyb11

    Cheer the Anthem: Hawks better overtake Colorado.

    • 10thMountainFire

      Or bed with no supper?

      • Jalamanta

        CtA guy here.

        Entering the playoffs without the benefit of any home ice until the Stanley Cup Finals is a pretty terrifying prospect. The history appears to back that fear up. Nobody is screaming like chicken little, but the mission becomes far more difficult if they have to go on the road right from the get go.

        So yes, the Hawks would be wise to overtake Colorado.

  • laaarmer

    6-5-2 since Feb 1st

    That is 8 losses and 5 wins, eh?

  • amontesawesome

    The unbeatable, impenetrable, indefatigable 2013 Hawks won 52% of their games in regulation.

    The sad sack, garbage, 2C-less 2014 Hawks have won 49% of their games in regulation.

    (That’s 2 less games than the mighty, mighty st louis blues.)

    • ballyb11

      I guess all’s well.

      Math!

    • ballyb11

      37% since 12/31.

  • bizarrohairhelmet
  • bizarrohairhelmet

    I hate to tell everyone this, but I have it on SLGT authority that last year’s team was…well…last year’s team was NOT AS GOOD AS WE REMEMBER!!!!! The cup: not deserved. The record: asterisked. The Hawks superiority – A LIE!

    • 10thMountainFire

      Ok, I clicked over.

      • 10thMountainFire

        They reiterated their love of yelling ‘Belfour’. Cute.

        • CozBullsFan

          They’re a bunch on inbred rednecks. Yelling Belfour is their shining achievement of intelligence.

  • ballyb11

    13 games remain. 26 points. Need a strong finish. Very possible. If they get >= 20, I’ll change my avatar.

    • Accipiter

      Okay ?

    • 10thMountainFire

      ‘Bart, you tried and you failed. What lesson did you learn? Never try.’

      -Homer Simpson

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    If you need to kill 25 minutes in a enjoyable way:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OY1EXZt4ok