• Jim

    The more I read about Marko Dano, the more it seems they got solid return for Saad. Can’t rationalize losing Saad, it hurts, but in a cap world, I think Bowman got solid return. Considering the circumstances, it would appear that the Hawks can shed Saad’s salary, and get a high percentage of his replacement value.

    Part of me is glad Saad landed in Columbus and not on a team like the Rangers or the Kings, or the Ducks, where Saad would be a monster. Especially glad he won’t be in the Hawk’s division.

    Also, those saying it’s the fault of Bowman for giving Kane and Toews 10M and Crawford 6M should be excluded from participating in future Cup parades.

    • WookRN

      I agree with everything you said up to the last paragraph. Then it was like you’re reading my damn mind.
      Spot on man.

    • CurvedBlade

      No complaint about Kane and Toews, but $10M doesn’t seem like a home-town discount. That seems to only apply to “other” guys.

  • wardrums

    DeTolve – way to dig up that article on Dano.
    What a move by Bowman! Talk about making the best out of a bad situation. We’ll most certainly miss Saad, but we could have ended up with a couple of draft picks.

    Hell yes!

  • WookRN

    OK. So, if NO ONE else moves (which is ABOUT a one in a million)…
    Sharp-Toews-Hossa
    Versteeg/ Panarin-Anisimov-Kane
    Bickell-Tervainian-JMo
    Versteeg/ Panarin-Dano-JMo
    (Here’s to hoping we land Kruger. Or Kruger and Richards/Vermette.. but I’ll be really happy with Kruger)

    Keith-TVR
    Seabrook-Rundblad (or vice versa, someone playing offhand)
    Hjalmarsson-Johns

    CROW
    ChicagoNative

    Seriously. That’s not too bad. I mean, sure, that’s still in the neighborhood of 1.4 million over, but the above is no reason to think the damn sky is falling.

    • ‘hawks58

      Wow, you must be excited to see Morin back 🙂 I doubt they will double shift him though (he’ll be lucky to be more than at 13th forward I bet).

      You’re also leaving out the biggest piece of the Saad trade, Dano; who will probably slot into a bottom 6 wing slot. And one of the prospects the organization is really high on, Danault.

      Would be shocked if Sharp stays, if mainly to keep myself from being too disappointed when/if he does get moved, but if he does stay that would be great.

      I think the Anisimov acquisition really puts Richards coming back to bed.

      • WookRN

        OOOPS!!! yeah, I meant to move him from 3–>4th. I guess I didn’t move so much as fuck up.
        And nope! I slotted Dano at 4C. I don’t LIKE the idea, and I’m guessing he’ll be bumped in favor of someone with experience, but he’s listed as center, so I tossed him in there.

        And Danault, I wouldn’t be surprised for him or other prospects to move guys like Morin out.

        And Anisimov v. Richard. Very probably. I’m just hoping we land Kruger

    • HawkIPA

      It works if we can unload Bickell (with some salary retention) or Versteeg (with no retention).

  • Bob Lanz

    Hard not to like Dano, looking forward to seeing him and Panarin. Still unclear if we have a 2C in Amisinov, this just in apparently he has been signed to a 5 year extension. I guess that answers what Stan thinks. Ok so TT isn’t going to be a center? I’m confused about our supposed prospects. After these moves there is like almost no room for forwards. I gotta believe that Johns and TVR fill out the D with a resigned Runbland. This is not what I envisioned… I clearly am an idiot though.

    • WookRN

      Wait… why not Teuvo at center? Isn’t that just him, Toews and Anisimov?

  • ‘hawks58

    The biggest non-verbal statement made by this trade:

    Corey Crawford > Brandon Saad according to the organization. And despite how much I like Saad (A LOT!), I tend to agree with them. It may be 3-5 years before Saad is anything more than the 5th-6th best player on the team (Toews, Kane, Keith, Seabrook…..Hossa, though he is arguably even with him now).

    In the end, Saad is a budding player who SHOULD only get better, BUT he still scored just 23 goals while playing nearly the entire season with Toews and Hossa.

    • WookRN

      Agreed. He’s probably going to be a great player. But yeah, he was lined with a HOFer and a possible HOFer. He’s not a 6 mil player. Crow is. Crow isn’t a head case (goalie problems….) and is a rock the young defense may well need…

    • HawkIPA

      Yep. And Crow’s deal looks pretty good right now. Market rate for a goalie of his caliber.

  • wardrums

    Is there a chance in all this wheeling and dealing that we could sign Johnny O? Would he take 3 to 3.5 mildo?

    If so, secure your tickets for next years parade now.

    We now have the 9 word in our vocabulary – options.

    • ‘hawks58

      Doubtful. The free agent market is thin, he had a great post-season, and this is likely his last chance to cash in with a high salary and term.

      • WookRN

        And people are getting PAID in free agency….

        This may long be known as “The Summer of Regrets”

  • Bwana

    Saw this on Eklund’s website:

    “I was told yesterday by a source I don’t know very well, so take it for what it’s worth, that some kind of deal has essentially been agreed upon with the Washington Capitals for Bryan Bickell. The completion of said could be dependent on an evaluation of Bickell’s knees. But, as I said, this rumor is tough to evaluate due to the nature of the source and some missing details.”

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    I’m going to hand it to Stan. Not saying he made the right move, only that a lot of GM’s would felt the pressure and signed Saad no matter the damage to the team, and let’s face it, signing Saad would have cost us a lot of depth and required us to jettison another top six forward (Hi, Sharpie).

    Now we can roll at least three strong lines, and there’s less worry about resigning Dragon in a couple years.

    • WookRN

      Dragon?

      • Sopel the catfish

        Teuvo the Targaryen

        • WookRN

          AH! (I rhyme it with Ghostbusters- Gozer the Gozarian. Teuvo the Tervainian)

    • Jim

      The Saad trade is smelling like Saad didn’t want it, but his elders pushed him to do it. The right cold blooded financial move for sure, see how it plays out. My advice for him is to keep his expenses low, and hire a conservative investment adviser who understands bond investing.

    • chichicagochi

      please for the love of god can we get rid of Sharp and his bloated contract. He’s not a top 6 forward on any playoff contender

  • jordyhawk

    Anisimov and Dano both had low numbers in the dot last year. Time for Yannick Perrault.

  • HawkIPA

    If Saad is worth $6.5m, what about Tarasenko? $8m? More? Can’t be out of the question.

  • HawkIPA

    Bruins interested in Bickell! Let’s make this happen–is anyone else disgruntled over there?

    http://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/788356

    • jordyhawk

      They must still be watching the 2013 highlight reels.

  • Jim

    Anisimov locked in 5 years 22.5 M

    • HawkIPA

      Saw that. I’m a little weary of this deal, given his injury issues. Cap hit isn’t terrible considering the market, but could be a millstone if his health keeps taking hits.

      • Jim

        It was a triceps, would be more worried if it was concussions.
        At it’s face, you get a 2C with size who plays solid defense (mandatory for Hawks) for 3.5 (this year, 4+ next 5), locked in for a while. If it works, that provides some stability in the middle while Toews/Kane/Crawford/Keith are in their primes. And it gives a fellow Russian for Panarin to talk to.

        • HawkIPA

          I think he had a concussion last season as well, although it looks he recovered just fine. I agree that if it works, it’s a shrewd extension. Taking a wait and see approach for now.

          • jordyhawk

            Now that we’ve locked him up, Handzus can officially retire.

  • jordyhawk

    Reports now that Saad is “crushed” by trade. I wondered if Stan pulled the trigger on the trade while he was expecting the negotiations to go on. They had all year to talk and I stand to be corrected but my recall is that Saad wanted to wait rather than do a deal during the season. Who knows for sure, but if he did want to stay then he had to be aware that going for the big deal might backfire.

  • lisa simpson

    Convinced this is all to fuck with Pat. Artem, Dano, Artemi, and Danault.

  • Sopel the catfish

    Colorado signed Frenchy from the Ducks and Comeau from Pitt

    *edit* NHL says both for 3 years, 4.5 AAV for Frenchy and 2.4 for Blake

  • Sopel the catfish

    Kessel traded to the Pens

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=773329&navid=DL|NHL|home

  • Sopel the catfish

    Barrett Jackman 2 year deal with the preds, thank you!

  • Sopel the catfish

    Haven’t seen this anywhere else, does anyone know anything about this guy?
    Found it in an article about Anisimov
    “They signed Viktor Tikhonov, 27, to a one-year contract ESPN reports is worth $1.04 million”

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=773473

  • Sopel the catfish

    Brad Richards to Detroit, I’m seeing 1 year at 3 million
    *edit* with possible bonuses making it 4 million, probably playoff related but not sure