All Aboard The Welcome Wagon – Hurricanes vs Hawks Preview, Pregame Thread, Extreme Couponing

whalers vs oldschool

Game Time: 7:30PM Central
TV/Radio: CSN, WGN-AM 720
Southern Culture On The Skids: Canes Country

With the deadline now passed earlier this afternoon, the Hawks now have their team going forward, at least until Patrick Kane gets healthy. Two of the three Hawks acquisitions will make their debuts tonight against a Carolina fresh off unloading more players in the middle in their seemingly never ending rebuild.

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Fertig! Verfallen! Verlumpt! Verblunget! Vermette!

Honestly, that might be the best headline I’ve ever written.

Anyway, I could have saved this for tomorrow but I’ll be too depressed after City put five past Liverpool so let’s get this done now. The Blackhawks acquired the biggest center on the rental market tonight, Antoine Vermette, for Klas Dahlbeck and 2015′s 1st round pick.

Ok, the main complaint first, the price. Yeah, it’s steep on the surface. But when you dig deeper, it’s not so much. A 1st rounder is a 1st rounder yes, but the Hawks will get a 1st or high 2nd (essentially the same thing their first round pick will be) back when they have to dump someone like Sharp or Bickell in the summer because of cap problems. Fuck, they got a 1st for Troy Brouwer. If Bickell comes up with another big playoff performance, he can fetch a 2nd.

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C’Mon Kimmo

It’s a rare weekend off for the Hawks, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t much to talk about. As you know by now, during the game last night the Hawks gave up this year’s 2nd rounder and a conditional pick next year that can be a 4th, 3rd, or 2nd depending on how far they go this spring for Kimmo Timonen.

It’s a strange one, for sure. Rarely, if ever, do you see a player who hasn’t played all year traded for, and actually a team giving up tangible assets to do so. This came only a few days after the Leafs trading for Nathan Horton, who is likely to never play again. Let us not say that NHL GMs haven’t gotten creative.

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NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning

Whatever: Lightning 4, Blackhawks 0

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War on Ice

As the Hawks continue life without Patrick Kane for the immediate future, games will start to develop a certain rhythm. Mainly being, if the Hawks don’t score the first goal or fall behind by more than one goal, chances are they’re going to struggle to scratch out any points.

They also can’t take more than three penalties a game. How’d that work out for them tonight?

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