|Print article||This entry was posted by Tim Currell on February 9, 2012 at 5:31 am, and is filed under 2011-12 Ramblings, 2011-12 Regular Season, Blackhawks, Chicago Blackhawks, Round Table. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback from your own site.|
Being an idiot doesn't make him a bad hockey player skill wise. Dan Carcillo played good hockey while he was in Chicago, and for cheap. Sure, he was a jackass, that's apparent. And I'm not expecting anything. I've suggested Hal Gill previously on Committed Indians. Along with Beaucheamin and Suter. I thought I made it clear in my initial comment that a D man necessary, while a top 6 forward would be a nice addition. Admittedly, any team would like a top 6 forward. We're speaking hypothetically here, as there's probably no one with less influence to Q and Bowman. Aside from a Vancouver resident.
Doan maybe unavailable, but is a UFA after this year. Stastny is closer to unavailable, with his contract ending in 2014, however, the Avs are going to have to salary dump somehow. Stastny is older, and they have some electric young forwards. In my opinion, Stastny is the closest to the chopping block as far as the Avs go. So I'd say the suggestions are plausible, but maybe not probable. However, with the right bidding, I think Bowman could make it happen. Now if we go even farther into candyland, I'd give my left nut for Rick Nash. Anyways, back to reality. Why would Hayes replace Shaw? Having the two on the roster brought energy, and both play hard. Hayes to replace Bickell is more along the lines of my idea. I liked Kane at center. His faceoffs did take a turn for the worse, but that's something that can be practiced. The Carcillo-Kane-Hossa line was great. Why not try it again with Hayes or Shaw on the left? The energetic, physical player creates space for the skill player to hit the scorer. And Blackhawk Up, when I said gamble, I meant moving for a 2nd pair D man. Any movement of players in and out of the organization can produce unexpected results, thus the allusion to gambling. I'm not saying we should ship out the entire team, just move some deadweight for a D man and even a PWF. On top of that, I don't think the Hawks are ready for another personnel change between the pipes. It would've helped to replace Campbell before the season started. Management could have seen how Crawford played with a better defense in front of him, and then evaluated whether or not we change tendys. Now we're stuck in this purgatory of chasing either a D man, or a goalie. Both, and we give up the prospect of obtaining an additional forward, if getting a goalie and D man is possible in the first place.
Rick Nash is making $9M a year from now until the end of time. The Blackhawks need another $5M+ a year forward like I need VD. Everyone's favorite munchkin Andrew Shaw is a turnover machine in his own end, constantly out of defensive position (ask Dave Bolland who has been covering for him for 2 weeks) and woefully undersized for the role he attempts to play in the NHL. Nice 2 week run and I appreciate his contributions but he is not worthy of top 6 ice time and Quenneville needs to remove him from the first powerplay unit, like, yesterday. Please don't mention anything with Dan Carcillo being great. That, I will take issue with. Another 4th line quality player that brings energy and before too long ends up making mental errors and spending time in the box. Not to mention the reckless play that endangers others. What he did to Tom Gilbert was deplorable. Just another in a long line of poor choices by a mediocre hockey player. If you move deadweight, you're going to get deadweight in return. There's only so many Bryan Murrays and Jay Feasters in this league. Few answers will be located for this team externally. Most of them will be depth moves. The 2nd pairing defenceman will be difficult to locate and Stan is better off finding a fit for a team weakness like the PK. I wrote about Hal Gill last week and I think it's probably the best option to address a team need. If you're looking for this team to make an impact trade (meaning, a splash) at the deadline, you're going to be disappointed.
Several sources around the league have cited the Hawks might be interested in Nabokov. Its not a terrible idea considering their situation. I guess its hard to relay sarcasm over the computer...
Ok first off, people have to stop with this "trade this guy, this guy and that guy and bring up Olsen, Morin, Pirri, Smith" etc. etc. They have to realize that rushing kids to the NHL is not the answer and not the way a good organization should handle their prospects. Take a page out of the Red Wing's book: let them play nearly their entire junior/NCAA career, give them 2-3 years in the minors and then by the time you bring them to the NHL, they're NHL ready. You're not gambling. The only player I would say is prepared to take an NHL role is Jimmy Hayes, largely because he's older, more developed and he has the assets the Hawks need. Players, coaching staff and management should take the blame, although I place the majority of blame on the latter two. Combination of bad personnel assembled by management and continued misuse of personnel by coaches. Special teams failure on PP due to strategy. Personnel way too good for it to be based on that. PK failure due to a combination of insufficient personnel, goaltending and most of all poor tactics. Remember how good the PK was under John Torchetti in 2009-10? I've been saying for a while, Hawks need a #3 d-man and one or two bottom six-type forwards who can be reliable on defense and chip in some offense. Guys like Dominic Moore, Paul Gaustad, Chad Larose, Samuel Pahlsson etc. The top end of the roster is fine, the supporting cast is sorely lacking. Bowman needs to improve it with reliable players. Unless the Hawks make a bid for Nabokov, they simply have to continue to go with whichever goaltender is playing better. Trade that asshole Patrick Kane. No one wants him.
The only argument I'd brook with your post is shifting blame from the players to the coaches and management. I'm not looking to absolve Q or Bowman, but is it their fault that the Blackhawks core players have been godawful lately? From what I've seen, the biggest issue is effort, because there just isn't any lately. I don't know if Q has lost the team - in fact, I don't think he has - but he needs to change strategies somewhat, sit some players down if they're dogging it and prove a damn point to them. Other than that, I agree with pretty much everything you posted. The offensive talent is there, so making some blockbuster/superstar trade is unnecessary and will probably be more costly in the long term, especially with labor and salary cap uncertainty looming (which could be another reason why Bowman is being careful about what kind of contract he takes on since the Hawks just managed to escape salary cap hell) but the Hawks need some bottom six forwards who are willing to do the grunt work, block shots, be responsible defensively, and if there's offensive production that comes out of it, so be it. I'm with you on the #3 D too, preferably someone who's more in the Seabrook mold than the Keith/Leddy mold. Nabukov reeks of desperation, he has a mediocre playoff track record, but if the Hawks could get him on the cheap I guess he might be an upgrade over the current choices in goal. I haven't lost faith in Crawford entirely yet, but any time he or Emery wants to step their game up is just fine by me.
As I said, I do blame the players to a degree, but how is it their fault that they're playing with insufficient personnel and trying to execute a flawed strategy designed by the coaching staff? No matter how talented of a player you are, you can't beat an entire team. You simply can't rely on six guys to win you games every night. What we're seeing isn't a lack of effort from the core players, but a lack of confidence, and my guess is that is largely due from having severe pressure placed on them by having carry the team on a nightly basis. The talent gap between the upper and lower tiers of the roster is enormous. You essentially have two really good lines and one great defensive pair and two bottom lines and defensive pairings that simply cannot be relied upon for anything. That's the fault of the management, not the players. You're right, at some point these guys have to take some responsbility. Afterall, they are professional athletes. But when you're driving a car with flat tires, to what extent can you blame the driver if he's all over the place? That's my point.
They had something good going on there with Kaner at center. I say revert to that, package up a 2 roster spots, a prospect, and a pick, and get a damn D man. Like previously stated, Crawf played better with a better defense, and it couldn't get much worse at this point, so why not take the gamble. And if not a d man, let's add another high octane forward. A powerforward could do nothing but help that first line. Sure, Stalb has been showing up, but why not look at Doan or Stastny. Yes, they're contracts are big. But Doan's is about 1 mil more than Hjalm's, and add Fro to the mix, that clears up just under 6, and all of a sudden, we can afford Stastny. I say ditch the D, and build it up from within the system. The only way our prospects will develop and NHL style of play is, well, playing in the NHL. Package up Hjalm and Fro, maybe a pick or Bickell, move for Doan, bring up Olsen, Hayes, and Morin. The Hawks style of play is outscore opponents, why not play to that strength? Feel free to shit on me below.
Stasny and Doan aren't available. Hjalmarsson is highly unlikely to be traded. Kane was quite subpar in the faceoff dot and generally does his best work with a good pivot. I think that ship has sailed and I'm rather glad it has. Bringing up Olsen, Hayes and Morin makes a younger inexperienced team, well, younger and more inexperienced. We're already dealing with Leddy learning on the job, Olsen doesn't need to be rushed as well. Morin has taken a step back after his injury. Hayes can replace Shaw and I'd be fine with that. The Hawks style of play is to maintain possession of the puck and use their speed to the outside. I'm not opposed to adding a top 6 forward but I don't believe any of your suggestions to be plausible. This isn't "shitting" on you, just replying to your comment with some points and suggestions.
At times I wish we could start playing by the NFL rules and deny penalties. The 'Hawks play better with even number of men on the ice than when they have one more. It's ridiculous.