Good to see some common sense regarding 'Hawks moves and non-moves. I was happy to see Hurtin' Havlat Khabi-oops take their injury-prone bodies elsewhere. It would have been nice to have Niemi back between the pipes, but everyone knew that the 'Hawks had little cap room and, like most other NHL teams of the last few years, were willing to spend on the entire defensive unit and not one person n front of the net. Niemi's agent was playing poker with Bowman, not knowing that Scotty's progeny had an ace (hopefully) up his sleeve.
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Jeff I've missed your posts so much! Haha I totally agree with what you're saying. We have some kick ass defense on the 'Hawks, we don't need a superstar goalie. Plus, Turco has been around the block, he knows what's up and how not to ask for more money than he deserves. Ahem niemi Now I'm not a niemi hater, I will obviously miss him, but there are so many new kids on the team that there are plenty of players to love. Hell yea I'll miss Burish and Versteeg, but Versteeg didn't show up to play until the post season, and Burish is getting to be the star on another team that almost doubled his salary. I talked about this in my blog post for my American studies class (http://fremdamericanstudies.ning.com/profiles/blogs/where-oh-where-did-our-dream) but I just couldn't agree more.
You say just over two years later, but Havlat and Khabby only left a year ago. I for one am all ready to start booing Nemo in teal. Let's get this season started!
Niemi presided over the highest-scoring, lowest-margin-of-victory Cup finals in the last 20 years. That's called a shootout series; we outscored the Flyers to win, plain and simple, and it's not like we were facing some perennial Vezina candidate at the other end, either. I'm sorry to see Niemi go, because I think he had long-term potential for us, but the 'he-backstopped-us-to-the-Cup' crowd needs to take a hard look at the numbers from the Finals.