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#101 T.Low

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 04:10 PM

LMAO. Is this sarcasm? First of all, the Bowmans didn't "go for broke" and sign a million players, that was the all-knowing Dale Tallon, the Bowman's simply inheretid that mess after the deed was done.

In what way are they doing a good job at all? They've already lost about every single player that could. They only reason they are getting picks is because they literally do not have any other financial option but to dismantle their entire team...

I love the Bowmans but... a used band-aid could be doing what they are doing right now...



Take off your Homer glasses and see the facts: Chicago Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup Champions. Detroit Red Wings 2010 also rans.

That is the Hockey's Holy Grail grabbed by the nuts. Mission accomplished. Talon, Bowman & Bowman, whoever, hockey is back in Chicago after a long, long absence. They could have farted around like Toronto and not gone anywhere and not gotten any picks in return for going no where. But instead, Chicago took the bull by the horns and won the frickin Stanley Cup. And now they have a 2010 Stanley Cup and better picks than the Wings do.

The Bowman's were handed a great roster that would self destruct at the stroke of midnight after the '09-'10 season, and they are getting a lot more out of the scrap pile than anyone thought they would.

A core group of awesome talent (a ton of Olympians), and some periphery players to fill in and step up. Where's the sarcasm you're hoping for?

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 04:20 PM

I Love this! ALOT!!!!!! Hjalmarsson was vastly underrated. He'll become a top 2 D-man. Makes the Sharks a deeper team. Big loss for the Hawks, one that high draft picks are unlikely to make up for.
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 04:52 PM

Good for Hjalmarsson and I can't wait to read about this in the Swedish papers - some of those journalists really love the guy...

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 04:54 PM

LOL

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 04:59 PM

Take off your Homer glasses and see the facts: Chicago Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup Champions. Detroit Red Wings 2010 also rans.

That is the Hockey's Holy Grail grabbed by the nuts. Mission accomplished. Talon, Bowman & Bowman, whoever, hockey is back in Chicago after a long, long absence. They could have farted around like Toronto and not gone anywhere and not gotten any picks in return for going no where. But instead, Chicago took the bull by the horns and won the frickin Stanley Cup. And now they have a 2010 Stanley Cup and better picks than the Wings do.

The Bowman's were handed a great roster that would self destruct at the stroke of midnight after the '09-'10 season, and they are getting a lot more out of the scrap pile than anyone thought they would.

A core group of awesome talent (a ton of Olympians), and some periphery players to fill in and step up. Where's the sarcasm you're hoping for?

It's one thing to hate your rivals, but it's another thing to underestimate them.

Apparently you didn't read a single thing I posted, or rather you chose to ignore every point I made. I did mention the cup, btw.

However, we are now talking about their FUTURE. The Cup happened, they gambled and won... that was last season... and now... they are completely screwed. I don't think its homer glasses at all... how can you not see this as well? How many players have they lost this off season? How many more will they lose?

I don't understand this blind assumption that stockpiling draft picks gaurentees a good team in the future.

Explain to me exactly what Bowman "did" that was so commendable so far? Who are these periphery players you speak of? So they're going to fill two whole lines and a two D pairings with people who will sign for league minimum?
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 05:19 PM

Is he even worth $3.5 million?

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 05:29 PM

Good for SJ. He's worth a couple of picks, no matter how high they are. This could put SJ in contention for the Cup.


You think they were a #3 defenseman away from a cup?
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 08:28 PM

A few quotes from the Chicago boards -


"He's worth it to the Sharks who will further deplete our team with this signing. This isn't cool."

"Sign him and wave bye-bye to Niemi if he wants similar $'s. Bring in Turco and hope our top four are as good as last year."

"Why in the hell would the Hawks NOT match this? It's been said millions of times on here that it doesn't matter who's in net as long as the D plays well in front of him. He's not afraid to get down and spread out to block a shot. I've been pretty rational about the rest of the Hawks moves, but they NEED to match."

"Are you guys nuts. 3.5 mil for Hammer????? That is just crazy. if he is worth 3.5 mil then Seabrook is worth 7 mil a season and Keith was a steal!"

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 08:31 PM

"Are you guys nuts. 3.5 mil for Hammer????? That is just crazy. if he is worth 3.5 mil then Seabrook is worth 7 mil a season and Keith was a steal!"

And Brian Campbell is worth....$7,142,875?? Wait!! Hang on!! What the hell are we doing in the front office?!!:!!? :scared:

LOL Hawks "fan" boards...
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 08:37 PM

And Brian Campbell is worth....$7,142,875?? Wait!! Hang on!! What the hell are we doing in the front office?!!:!!? :scared:

LOL Hawks "fan" boards...


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Posted 09 July 2010 - 08:45 PM

Take off your Homer glasses and see the facts: Chicago Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup Champions. Detroit Red Wings 2010 also rans.

That is the Hockey's Holy Grail grabbed by the nuts. Mission accomplished. Talon, Bowman & Bowman, whoever, hockey is back in Chicago after a long, long absence. They could have farted around like Toronto and not gone anywhere and not gotten any picks in return for going no where. But instead, Chicago took the bull by the horns and won the frickin Stanley Cup. And now they have a 2010 Stanley Cup and better picks than the Wings do.

The Bowman's were handed a great roster that would self destruct at the stroke of midnight after the '09-'10 season, and they are getting a lot more out of the scrap pile than anyone thought they would.

A core group of awesome talent (a ton of Olympians), and some periphery players to fill in and step up. Where's the sarcasm you're hoping for?

It's one thing to hate your rivals, but it's another thing to underestimate them.



By default, they HAD to get picks. They can't afford to trade for any players. It's a fire sale. He may be a great GM but this isn't a demonstration of it. He's forced into this action. It's not genius or cleverness, it's the only thing he CAN do.

And picks hardly ever pan out. It could work for them, but they'll have to suck for 3 or 4 years to get to that point. Teams like the Wings can be great without having to suck for years to dive for picks.
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 09:11 PM

So if this works out for San Jose are they just going to let Devin Setoguchi go? I am not sure they will be better than they were last year. Hjalmarsson is an upgrade over a 40 year old Blake so their D will be better but their goaltending situation is much worse and now their offense isn't going to be as good as they also lost Malhotra and have not signed, nor will they have the cap space to sign, a decent replacement forward for either of those guys so I am really not that worried about San Jose. They only have 5 forwards signed that had at least 20 points last year (Draper had 22 points last year for goodness sake). Does anyone else agree? Or am I missing something?
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Posted 09 July 2010 - 09:36 PM

Hjalmarsson offer sheet hard to match

“[Offer sheets] don’t concern me. These guys are going to remain with the Blackhawks. We have plenty of flexibility to make things work.” -- Hawks general manager Stan Bowman, June 30, 2010


LOL at Bowman.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 09:45 PM

Any sources? If there are credible sources suggesting this, I would genuinely like to read them and I think it would add a LOT more validity to this argument in my mind...


i dont have the source with me, other than reading that on message boards. It was an idea that Bowman apparently talked about on Chicago radio, with regards to what he will do with Huet

Of course, with his "we don't need to make any more trades" and "offer sheets don't concern me" statements proving to be the worst smokescreens in a while, this could be another smokescreen.

I'm of the opinion that whatever the hawks do, they won't be having Huet against the cap once the season starts, whether it be loaning him to a European league, or burying his ass in the AHL.

Ok, heres the skinny on that: While they can do that, they can't do it till the beginning of the season, meaning that he will count against their cap... so until that point they still only have 3.6 million to play with.

they can go over by 10% meaning they have 3.6 to sign 6 players meaning all players will need to sign contracts at .6 million.


I know they can't get rid of his cap hit until the season starts, and that hurts them since they don't have flexibility in bringing in free agents. whether they send him to Europe or the AHL, his hit comes off only when the season starts

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 10:09 PM

Hjalmarsson offer sheet hard to match



LOL at Bowman.


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Posted 10 July 2010 - 05:39 AM

It's like Bowman thinks he can use the Jedi Mind trick and just make things work, even when he can't. To Hjalmarsson: "You will sign the contract." To the league: "The cap isn't an issue."
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Posted 10 July 2010 - 07:20 AM

Just goes to show the mistakes of a rookie GM.

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 08:17 AM

You think they were a #3 defenseman away from a cup?

It was sarcasm. They've been contenders for the cup forever and a day and just can't get it done, despite all their talent. I was like, "Yeah, this oughtta do it." :ninja:

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 10:48 AM

It's like Bowman thinks he can use the Jedi Mind trick and just make things work, even when he can't. To Hjalmarsson: "You will sign the contract." To the league: "The cap isn't an issue."


I guess that only works in the CHL or something like that.

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 11:17 AM

Hjalmarsson offer sheet hard to match



LOL at Bowman.

IMO it would be bad to sign Neimi to a long double digit contract like that guy suggested. If they do I would really be shocked.





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