Emery/Turco: Devil you know, versus devil you don't. Unless Emery decides he's going to make a go of it here on Friday, I wouldn't let him have until Christmas to shake off the rust. Yes, Turco would lose half his games. So far Emery looks like a two-thirds loss ratio to me. Stalberg: After Sharp and Kane (and Smith, and Pirri, and Seabrook, and Emery, and whomever else they try during the month of October) turn out to be less than effective at C on the 2nd, Bolland will end up there. I disagree with that move completely, but that's what's going to happen. Kyle: He's still a waste of money at $65K. If he could be bought out and sent packing, that's their best option.
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I agree with you about Salak, but I think you're judgement about Emery is a little harsh considering how little we've actually seen him AND the context we've seen him in (he's played in the games when we dressed an AHL defense) Even Q admitted that the disaster against Pittsburgh wasn't attributed to Emery's bad play, but by extremely poor defensive zone coverage and an inability to clear rebounds, things that wouldn't happen with more experienced defenseman on the ice. And its the pre-season. This is an adjustment period to shake off the rust and make a few mistakes to get mentally sharp. I'm aware he's trying to win a job but he's allowed to make some mistakes. How come Montador is allowed mulligans but Emery is exempt? I sure hope they give him a real defense on Friday and then see how he performs. Reserve your final judgements on him for after that. "...give Marty Turco’s agent a call (I’m not kidding)" Well you may not be kidding but I'm certainly laughing. Are you serious? The definition of insanity is repeating something and expecting different results. So you basically want Crawford to start something like 40 consecutive games again? And when Crow does finally die of exhaustion, you Turco's 3.02 GAA and his .897 sv%? If you seriously want these things back, all I can say my friend is that I am so very thankful you aren't the coach or GM of this team. I look at it like this: Emery has more to play for and more to lose. He's trying to salvage his career and win a starting job on another team. The 'Hawks are a means to accomplish that. Meanwhile, Turco is bordering on retirement. I'll take the hungry veteran over the semi-retired one. "See how playing with Hossa and Bolland affects his game" I find it funny that, despite Q's intentions to play Patrick Kane out of desperation for a second line center just to keep Bolland on the third line, that you still think Bolland plays as the second line center. All signs, from management, to the coaches, to last year's playoff trio of Bolland, Bickell and Frolik skating together every practice, to Bolland's comments about where he wants to play, point towards Bolland starting and finishing the season on the third line. Get in the game man.
Beach is on a two way EL contract and is a 150K player per year. After the signing bonus which has already been payed, the Hawks only owe him a remaining 65K per year.
"So far Emery looks like a two-thirds loss ratio to me." How can you even make that kind of judgement when you've seen him play less than 60 minutes of actual competitive hockey (scrimmages and practices aside) most of it with an absolutely atrocious defense in front of him!? Plus you have no idea what he looks like behind the scenes. As for the devil we know, he was pretty bad last year, or were you watching a different team?