• cliffkoroll

    Excellent quotes from Lazarus. Love.this.team.

    “There are a lot of guys fighting for playing time right now and earning their way in,” Bollig said. “It’s nice to have that competition — it keeps guys fresh and keeps guys honest. Nobody gets complacent, and everyone’s kind of fighting every night. That can be very good for a team because obviously everyone wants to play every game. The competition keeps guys hungry.”

    “I think the guy you look at is Jeremy Morin,” Patrick Sharp said. “He’s playing awesome. . . . You see a guy like that who’s been getting limited minutes, and his minutes are going up every game. You see him get out there and make the most of his opportunity. It forces everybody to pick up their game, too.”

    “I feel like I played decent the last month, so if he wants me in, I’ll be ready,” Regin said. “And if I’m not going to start and then come in later, I’ll be ready, too. I think it’s good competition. Everybody’s professional, everybody’s positive. Because to go deep, you obviously need depth in case guys are not performing or guys are getting hurt. I think it’s a good thing.”

    • MattC86

      Couldn’t agree more. It’s going to take all of them to repeat – yes, even Bollig – and I like hearing they’re bought in.

    • 10thMountainFire

      ‘We like our people.’

      • 2883

        XMF getting all proud father after Morin

        • 10thMountainFire

          They grow past 10 minutes TOI so fast.

          • 2883

            Better watch out, Q’s like a preying mantis, I’m pretty sure he consumes his young

          • 10thMountainFire

            Ask Pirri. Nom nom nom.

          • Bullitt315

            You just need to stop liking people and getting your hopes up.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Pirri was always just my preference for a quick fix on 2C until Teuvo got Stateside. Morin is my real boy. He has my heart.

          • Bullitt315

            Fair enough. I do get the Morin thing. Kid is fun to watch. I just don’t realistically see him getting a ton of playoff time.

  • pepe_silvia

    I really hope the stepchild line of Morin, Regin, and Bickell keeps rolling. Signs point to no, but I can still hope.

    Is it Thursday yet?

  • Bannerman

    If nothing else Regin and Nordstrom are there to push Handzus and Bollig respecetively.

    • 10thMountainFire

      *Morin

      • Bannerman

        It’s tough because Morin is stuck behind Saad and Versteeg. I’d play him over Versteeg (though I doubt Q would) but not over Saad.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Yeah, I don’t think Mo has ever played the other side.

          • Bob Lanz

            MOrIN!

  • Preacher

    To read about Sharp almost “campaigning” for Morin is interesting. Can’t really see Regin or Nordstrom getting in, but Morin is hard to keep out. But then, who sits? I’m betting on Versteeg. And the D choices could be interesting too, since you know Q will want to go all GRIT and will probably play Brookbank over Rozy.

    • Accipiter

      If Rozsival is healthy and playing anything like he did last year, I gotta think he plays in favour of Brookbank.

      • Preacher

        Healthy and playing well—those are two big qualifiers. (Didn’t he take Bickell off the top line last playoffs due to “health” issues?) I hope Q does go with Rozy but figuring out the genius of Q has proven elusive in the past.

        • jordyhawk

          I understood Bickell’s health issue when he was moved down to the third line against Bruins was a knee injury (which also hampered him early this year). Any suggestion to the contrary is news to me

          As for Brookbank, he got in one game last spring–when DK was suspended against Kings. He isn’t playing as long as Rozy is fit.

          • Paul the Fossil

            I agreed with this last spring, but these last few weeks when he’s been getting regular lineup time in his natural position I’ve been liking Brookbank’s work. And Rozy meanwhile is another year older than he was then, and has been creaky this season.

          • jordyhawk

            I have no complaints with Brookbank’s play (good team guy too). I think Rozy has a higher ceiling though (especially in possession, even though he overhandles the puck at times) and I think that’s what Q goes with. I think it just comes down to Rozy’s fitness and how long that lasts (and you’re right, he does seem creakier so it may not last long particularly if Blows try to pound our defenseman).

        • Bob Lanz

          The difference between genius and lunatic is razor thin. Q is on the precipice every game

          • ahnfire

            I dunno, I think the difference here between genius and lunatic is hindsight and narrative. :P

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

        If.

        • 10thMountainFire

          Kipling.

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

            Bollig’s presser: “If you can keep your head when all about you / Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, / If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, / But make allowance for their doubting too …” well, then, yours is the ice, and–which is more–you’ll be a Q favourite, my son!

          • 10thMountainFire

            Somehow that’s not quite as incredible as the original draft…

    • laaarmer

      I think Roz plays. Leddy needs him.

      • MattC86

        Rozie was nails last year, they need it again. You can’t win the Cup with 4 D you trust, and you may not beat the Blues with only 4. Leddy will get a longer leash to start, but how much he gets versus the Blues or Kings or Bruins (should those latter two series occur, obviously) will be an open question, though I think against Colorado or SJ they’ll trust him pretty completely.

        • jordyhawk

          Agree, Rozy was a rock last year. I seldom hear reference to it, but he is a big, strong guy who can absorb the hits without losing control of the puck. Our right side can all do that, whereas our left side are much easier to knock off it and need to be faster on the retrievals.

    • pepe_silvia

      In the last 6-8 games, Brookbank has been total ass. I really hope Rozy plays in his place.

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

        I think that since Rozsival went down with an injury whenever that Brookbank has played amazing. Granted, 6th/7th-man-amazing, but really very solid. Rozsival, on the other hand, has looked awful to me in the few games he’s been back, slower than normal and mistake prone.

  • MySpoonIsTooBig

    There’s an article up on Deadspin about Brodeur’s last game as a Devil last night, or what really absolutely should be his last game as a Devil despite his stated desire to play next season. The very first response? “Marty had more wins in less starts over Schneider”

    Yeah Marty’s .901 / 2.51 is why they won while Schneider’s .921 / 1.97 really hurt them…

    • laaarmer

      Yeah, Brodeur is not the same as he once was. BUT can you blame Devils fans for being loyal and not wanting their HOF player with all his success to be done? I remember hating Bannerman even though I knew he was the best choice at the time.

      • Bannerman

        I remember Bob Griesie talking about how he didn’t want his son, Brian to be the guy that replaced John Elway in Denver. It’s no small thing replacing a legend.

    • zacked

      The best part of this retirement is Brodeur saying if he comes back, he wants to play on a contender, even though “I will have to start as a backup”.

      Uh, no Marty. You’ll be lucky to finish as a backup. If the Devils didn’t go out of there way to please him they might have been a playoff team. (Though the total shootout failure was probably a bigger problem).

  • laaarmer

    Trotz?

    • pepe_silvia

      Surprising to say the least. Rinne’s injury really did them in this season. I thought he’d definitely be on the hot seat next year, but this is pretty shocking.

      • laaarmer

        Eddie O?
        (lights several candles)

        • pepe_silvia

          My money’s on Lane Kiffin

          • laaarmer

            Saban might take that job. He’s never looking but always looking

          • pepe_silvia

            He’ll coach both at the same time. And he’ll still be on the lookout for an NBA team too

          • 1benmenno

            Snake Lifkin?

        • Waylon

          Mike Gillis! Who’s with me?

        • Joe DeTolve

          Lets start a movement!!!!

          • laaarmer

            what kind of movement?

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            Bowel

          • Joe DeTolve

            A candle lighting movement to send Eddie O great vibes to get him to Nashville!

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Eddie O with Penis McGuire as Asst. Coach.

          • VerStig

            You mean Ass. Coach?

          • Joe DeTolve

            So essentially it would be the same communication dynamic of Q and StanBo in 2012

      • putmeinthemadhouse

        Most preds fans dont find it surprising. They have some upcoming young talent that needs a different system. Trotz was great for what they had to work with but thata changing now.

        • pepe_silvia

          They could be very dangerous in the coming years. Weber, Josi, Jones, Ellis, Rinne. If they figure it out on offense, they’ll be another pain in the ass to play 5 times a year.

          • laaarmer

            They were easy this year?
            Also, they need some scorers. The coach can’t just say “hey go score some goals” if they are mostly bottom 6 type guys.

          • pepe_silvia

            No, they weren’t easy this year. That’s what I was trying to say, they’ll be even more of a nuisance if they get it all figured out.

            Although The Hawks tend to play well against good teams, so who knows. Maybe if the Preds get better we’ll beat them more often because logic.

          • laaarmer

            We’ll need to quantify logic

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        Vehemently disagree that there is any surprise here. Writing has been on the wall for months. Yes, Rinne’s injury really hurt, but what it did was expose their major flaw in that they need flawless goaltending in order to win and that’s not a recipe for long-term sustained success. For as long as the Preds have been essentially out of playoff contention there’s been talk that very likely one or both of Trotz and Poile were going to be done in Nashville.

        • zacked

          That USA team selection article really opened some eyes about Poile, and not in a good way.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            That USA team selection article really opened some eyes about a number of GM’s. Namely that the 2 GM’s to win 3 of the last 5 Cups use data analysis and actually know what they’re doing but were routinely ignored in favor of “gut feelings” and “a dream I had last night”

          • 10thMountainFire

            Intangibles. It’s what’s for dinner.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            I prefer beer

          • 10thMountainFire

            Tangible.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            tangible beer if way better than intangible beer

          • Country_Bumpkin

            I thought Intangibles was the other white meat?

          • VanDorp’sMullet

            So much this.

          • Paul the Fossil

            What was he doing, Celine Dion covers?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            My Trap Will Go On

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            It’s not the songs he was doing, it’s the fact that he’s entirely tone deaf

          • zacked

            :|

    • ballyb11

      Ridiculous. Made silk outta a sow’s ears for years.

    • MattC86

      He had a rookie and a rookie named Carter Hutton in goal instead of their best player. What was he supposed to do? Did he sign Cullen and Stalberg and expect them to pick up the offensive slack?

      That said, if they think Forsberg and Jarnkrok need a different system to meet their potential, or that Trotz isn’t the right guy to bring up talented offensive prospects, I can dig it. But Poile (as revealed in the Olympics and that time he thought Paul Gaustad was what they needed to be in the Western Conference elite) has more than a bit of cotton between the ears, too.

      GM firing the coach to get a longer lease on life.

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        Personally I’d rank Poile as the 2nd-most absolutely overrated executive in the league, just narrowly behind Ray Shero. However, if you were going to fire one and keep the other, it just wouldn’t have been feasible to fire Poile and keep Trotz – “Welcome (new GM), this team is yours to make except you have to tailor your roster to the coach who’s been here for 15 years as it’s really his team not yours” is not exactly going to work as a selling point. Realistically, both should have been gone, but if either one of them was going to keep his job the only one the Preds could have kept was Poile

    • DesertHawk

      They didn’t re-sign him?

      • laaarmer

        Q might bring him in to work the PP

        • DesertHawk

          Hasn’t he been their only coach? Wow… I figured he was a lock to be re-signed he’s done a lot with nothing for a lot of years.

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

      There are about 10 teams that just had emergency meetings about whether or not to fire their coach.

      • Z-man19

        Let’s hope they are all in the east

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

          Indeed. I hope Nashville hires Ron Wilson.

          • Z-man19

            I’d prefer Rebel Wilson

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            Or Ron Bergundy

          • Z-man19

            dressed as Trotz with no neck

  • http://www.minotauroshockey.com/ KenOda

    Thanks for the shout Joe.

    • Joe DeTolve

      It wasn’t so much a shout out it was more of a Holy Shit..Oda did something for 6 straight hours!

  • ballyb11

    Last 3 years Hawks v Blues

    Hawks home — 5 – 2.
    Hawks away — 5 – 4.

    • Accipiter

      Do they even need to play the games then ?

      • laaarmer

        No. There is no free will. God is numbers!

      • ballyb11

        I’d vote no.

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    It’s a long wait until Thursday…have you caught up with
    http://literallyunbelievable.org lately?

    • DesertHawk

      So do they mean literally literally? Or figuratively literally?

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        Is it possible to figuratively believe something?

        • 2883

          I figuratively believe this conversation hurt my head.

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    Pro hockey is a helluva drug.

    • VerStig

      Also, TCI.

      • Paul the Fossil

        True, though I’ve been having more mixed feelings about that particular fix lately.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          Don’t take the brown TCI

  • Paul the Fossil

    It’s actually I-55 that goes to STL though, I-57 goes to Memphis.

    • corbant

      Thank you. I was thinking to myself: “I haven’t lived in Illinois for 10 years, but I’m pretty sure it was the 55 that went to St. Louis.”

    • roadhog

      55, 57, whatever it takes.

    • Joe DeTolve

      DAMMIT!!

  • ballyb11

    Last 3 years Hawks v Avs

    4 – 8, bad guys.

    • roadhog

      Lookin’ ahead?

      • ballyb11

        Hope we get there. Very worried. Again, I don’t like playing a wounded animal.

        • roadhog

          One shift, one period, one game, one series at a time. It’s worked before.

          • 10thMountainFire

            But we had Bolland then.

          • roadhog

            What does that irony cannon pump out? About 2500rpm?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            ipm

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Disqus can handle about 10, maybe 15 ipm before it shakes apart. At the AV Club, they’ve managed to get up to 3,000 ipm with Disqus, but they’ve trained Disqus mechanics.

          • roadhog

            Clearly they know how to switch the barrels on the fly.

    • DesertHawk

      That first playoff run is a bitch. Remember 2009. We’d rocked Detroit in the regular season (IIRC) and then we met them in the playoffs and they knew what it took, while we were too inexperienced.

    • 10thMountainFire

      Last five years, Hawks v Avs:

      Hawks: Two Cups
      Avs: …

  • 10thMountainFire

    ‘Crow’ and ‘glove hand’. Very funny.

    • laaarmer

      That’s the blocker tho

      • roadhog

        I caught that too, thought it was just ironicalishness.

        • 10thMountainFire

          The glove, Crow… tho.

      • 10thMountainFire

        I know. Irony.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      Crow and the Glove Hand would be a good name for a band

      • Z-man19

        Cue menno with a something, something, emo band in 3. 2. 1…..

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          Nobody has that much angst

          • Z-man19

            Really?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            It’s been done, but only in robot form…

        • 1benmenno

          Hey-ooooo!! Did I hear something about a new band?

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            Now I can’t stop thinking about song titles / lyrics that include the word “love” replaced by “glove”

            “And IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII will always glove yooooouuuuuuuu”
            “Glove shack, it’s a little known place where, we can get together”
            “Say it ain’t so, my drug is a heartbreaker. Say it ain’t so, my glove is a lifetaker”

          • roadhog

            It’s infectious . . .
            The Outfield- All the Glove in the World.
            Yes- Glove will find a way.
            Various- Forever my glove.

          • laaarmer

            D-A-T-G-L-O-V-E Hand.
            D-A-T-G-L-O-V-E Hand

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            G is for the goals that get past thee
            L is because you look lost in crease
            O is for the only ones you see
            V is very, very unextraordinary
            E is even more than anyone before

          • Country_Bumpkin

            “You give glove a bad name”

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            “We’ve got a thing that’s called radar glove, we’ve got a wave in the air, radar glove”

          • Country_Bumpkin

            “Glove in an elevator, giving goals up while my saves go down”

          • Joe Banks

            Geez…

          • roadhog

            Sticky Glove and the F’n Beauties.

  • HossBoss

    Hawks vs Blue stats for the year.
    G/A/P/S/Pen +/-/GF/GA are summed while the rest are averaged
    http://i.imgur.com/rkbMtoW.png?1

    • bizarrohairhelmet

      Why are the Hawks in all red? Is that because they’re all bad?

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        I thought it was based on political affiliations?

      • HossBoss

        They are hemorrhaging goals

      • laaarmer

        Because Rocky can’t make any money

  • roadhog

    Hawks players fighting for playing time should never be referred to as “Waiting in the wings.” There has to be a better idiom/analogy.

    • lizmcneill

      Hawks have wings, too.

      • roadhog

        But Blackhawks don’t.

        • zacked

          Waiting in the rotors sounds even worse.

          • roadhog

            Yes it does, but hovering close range sounds menacing.

        • jimnhlnut

          Referred to a group of planes or group of pilots?

      • birdhead

        … it comes from the wings of a theatre, guys.

    • Hawkeytalk

      In the tunnel?
      On the sidelines?
      Peering over the glass?

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        I definitely did not see the “r” in “peering” at first…

        • roadhog

          That was Stals last year.

      • roadhog

        I like the tunnel and glass directions.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          Tunnel and The Glass Directions is a good name for a late 60′s Funk band.

          • 1benmenno

            Do they need a triangle player?

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Maybe, do you have velvet clothes? How tall are your boots? I had to get 12″ heels that double as fishbowls to play bass.

  • zacked

    Here’s the Bovada cup odds:

    Boston Bruins 7/2
    St. Louis Blues 6/1
    Pittsburgh Penguins 7/1
    Chicago Blackhawks 8/1
    Anaheim Ducks 9/1
    San Jose Sharks 9/1
    Los Angeles Kings 10/1
    Colorado Avalanche 14/1
    Detroit Red Wings 20/1
    Montreal Canadiens 20/1
    New York Rangers 20/1
    Philadelphia Flyers 20/1
    Tampa Bay Lightning 25/1
    Minnesota Wild 40/1
    Columbus Blue Jackets 50/1
    Dallas Stars 50/1

    I’d definitely have the Pens above the Blues, just because being halfway decent in the East is a direct path to at least the conference finals…and because I don’t think the Blues are making it out of the first round. The rest of the top seems reasonable, Sharks and Kings I like better than the Ducks, but they have to play each other. Stars definitely are not the worst team out there but have a tough road.

    • roadhog

      I can see throwing small wagers at most everyone from the Avs down at those odds.

      • Bannerman

        If Mason hadn’t gotten hurt, the Flyers at 20-1 would look a little more appealing.

        • BrandonPirri

          On the flip side, I wouldn’t expect the Flyers to get those odds with Mason.

          • lizmcneill

            The comedic value of Philly goaltending never ceases.

          • roadhog

            And was rivaled only by Vancouver . . . until.

        • roadhog

          Your average rate of return on the bottom 9 is 28.7 to 1. I’d throw $10 on each of those- if one hits, your low is $140, high $500. I’d still have to put $100 on the Hawks just cuz.

    • 2883

      Takes off my Blackhawks fan hat.
      Best odds to payout: Kings 10 to 1 (If they can score enough, Quick can more than be a backstop to the finals.) Hawks 8 to 1, need their back 6 to play like its 2013 again.
      In the east I expect either the Pens or Bruins to come out, but if you have the balls and Bishop proves to be healthy, watch out for the Lightning

  • Michael Scott

    https://twitter.com/marklazerus/status/455766080737144832

    Doesn’t sound like he ever played the game

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      Dat Taves guy is a bum, he don’t even fight none. Not like dat Backes guy, dat’s a real captain

    • ahnfire

      Seriously, what does that guy know? We should hear from a decent hockey player about what the appropriate response is.

      • Michael Scott

        I don’t remember Toews shooting pucks at Detroit during warmups, GET MAYERS OVER HERE

        • ahnfire

          That guy really knows what it takes to succeed in this league!

          • 2883

            He does have a Stanley Cup to his credit.

          • ahnfire

            Exactly. AND now he gets to wear a suit behind a desk and wax nostalgic, like all the very best hockey players.

          • 2883

            As long as the suits he chooses don’t have Cherry-esque flair, I’m good with it. Also, Mayers’ role was to be that guy to go punch someone in the face if they touched a skill player on his team, of course he’d say that else marginalize his own self-worth.

          • ahnfire

            Exactly.

        • Waylon

          Am I missing something here? Was Mayers dissing the Hawk’s response recently?

          • ahnfire

            He was one of the voices that said how he was disappointed they didn’t go after Orpik, other teams & NHL would take notice, the Hawks didn’t have enough of a response & that’s not how they usually respond.

            Slaky retweeted Mayers response after the hit and then retweeted Toews’ response today. I think that’s why people are picking on Mayers.

          • Waylon

            Thank you, I expected as much. I realize his new career means he’s expected to be “colorful,” but still disappointed with the meatballery. More Dreger and McKenzie and less of Milbury and his clones.

      • bizarrohairhelmet

        He certainly doesn’t have as much experience as Yzerman.

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

          Literally.

    • TheRealBBOX

      Psht, the fuck does this guy know?

    • VanDorp’sMullet

      But… but… but… but… MESSAGE!!! And… and… and… and… DETERRENCE!!!

      • Michael Scott

        GRIT TORRES HEART PASSION BOLLIG BROOKBANK WILL!

    • Country_Bumpkin

      He lacks da fire…….and da passion

    • pepe_silvia

      I don’t know if Buffalo would accept Toews for John Scott, but we should test it out. He knows the game and can fight and stuff

      • Michael Scott

        Got tooked down by a little guy dats not da guyd you want

        • pepe_silvia

          Bollig, Brookbank, Scott. Top line. Imagine all the cups we’d win

          • Michael Scott

            I can see them now: “The Intangibles”

          • 2883

            Sports statistics have evolved to a point where very little is “intangible”. That which is intangible, is usually, tangible but ignored for the sake of an argument.

          • Joe Banks

            sample cups?

  • TheRealBBOX

    “Brandon Bollig played in his 82nd game of the season Saturday night at Bridge-stone Arena, a remarkable achievement for a guy who had played only 43 games over the previous two seasons and had been pigeonholed as a one-dimensional fighter.”

    And I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

  • bizarrohairhelmet

    1st opinion piece released. Let the onslaught begin:

    http://thecommittedindian.com/careful-wish-1st-round-preview-blues-goalies/