• Andrew Heitman

    Wouldnt it be easier to get Stastny from FA than Kesler from a trade?

    • ToucanStubbs

      It depends. We have to clear up cap space no matter what, so obviously trading makes things less complicated. We can always trade away Sharp and Oduya and have plenty of space but if thats for picks or prospects, suddenly we are short roster players and theres no guarantee a FA signs. Yes, we are a desirable destination but theres a limit to the money we can offer and guys like Stastny seem to be more interested in that. So the answer is yes and no, it depends.

      • Andrew Heitman

        Makes sense, I keep forgetting about the cap space issue thats looming around Kane/Toews…

    • Joe Banks

      Vermette!

  • I Remember The Roar!

    Aside from a curiously quiet playoffs this year, I’m really not sure I’m on board with trading Sharpie. Aside from the lockout season, he has back-to-back-to-back 30+ goal seasons and I really don’t see that changing within the next few years. I also think it’d be very difficult from a PR standpoint, and a rough move taking him our of the locker room.

    I’ll admit that he’s probably about at his high water mark, so he’ll have diminishing returns and I can accept a trade based on that fact, but I’d expect a monster return. And I certainly don’t think Kesler is enough either.

    Kesler’s durability scares me, and at $5mil+ per year, I want a player that will be able to play consistent and healthy. I simply can’t remember a TCI pre-game report that didn’t make mention of a nagging injury for Kesler.

    Those are my thoughts. The offseason sucks… when’s hockey start?!

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      There is no one I *want* to trade, but if we have to move someone to get a 2C (and / or make room for DDN / Saad’s extensions), then Sharpie, alas, makes the most sense.

      • I Remember The Roar!

        Sadly, I have to agree. And a bit more after the reality that is his Exit Interview on TCI.

    • wowwowweewoo

      I really like Sharp. I think he brings a lot of great qualities to the Hawks on and off the ice – for me it’s the diminishing returns thing. I think he can put up good points for a few more years, but how much of that is his line-mates on a stacked Hawks team? I think his value will never be higher, the simple fact remains, cap space needs to be made for Brandon Saad. I really truly believe that Saad is capable of 40 goals, all the more so playing with Kane, and all the more playing with a legit 2C like Kesler.

      I could very well see TT slotting at LW next to Toews and Hossa a la Saad’s development path last year. This just doesn’t leave any room for Sharp at his cap hit. There’s just a perfect storm of factors that leave Sharp on the outside for this team’s future. I look forward to his return in the broadcast booth.

  • cliffkoroll

    Congratulations Duncan Keith. Well earned.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    That never would have happened if Bollig played for the Italians.

  • KoltForty5

    So, last night I was flipping through the channels, saw the NHL awards and thought, “Hey, I didn’t know they broadcasted this. Let’s watch.”

    It was terrible. I lasted maybe 30 minutes before I grabbed the SO and we went to a movie. Even the damn player intros seemed longer than they should have been.

    Why couldn’t they go shorter? It felt like it was dragging along. I’ve had more fun in Con Law class than I had watching those awards. You knew it was going to be bad from the second where PK got on screen and just wasn’t charismatic enough to hold anyone’s attention, even the guys he was talking to. Then the weird Vegas impersonators along with the terrible pandering by the host in the opening monologue has entirely convinced me that Canadian inspired TV is forever stuck in some kind of space/time loop of the early 90′s.