My favorite teams
Lankinen won a state down there...nicely done.
Don't cry for the Avs my friend,they're LOADED at D and didn't need Zadorov.Learning to keep your feet when you go up a level in strength and speed is always a process. Dach was the same last year.
I see alot of guys to keep, but we just keep lacking certain elements. Zadorov and Janmark and Dach are a good start. I have seen the Avs got two from Saad, but in reality with Calvert out they are really missing Zadorov's presence physically, and have gone too small. They look like the old Hawks except that their top line are all monsters and the scariest line in hockey.
I was so intrigued I looked closer at their situation as to why they would cast off Zadorov, and I can see they really are having big regrets. Ryan Graves is in the doghouse without him, but thats the guy they had to choose between and they chose wrong.
For them it was Graves 6'5 220 or Zadorov 6'5" 235 and they got a good price on Graves but even still he has been a disappointment and they are regretting that decision despite Saad's 2 goals the other day, typical for him in a blowout.
I can't believe they found a way to fuck up that team but they did(depending on Kucherov available for playoffs, I got the Vegas Knights winning a cup in front of Lehnar for 2021).
Mitchell, Caarlson, Zadorov, Dach, Kampf(I fear his loss to Seattle), Suter, Murphy, Kubalik, Kurashev, Cat, Strome, Hagel are all playing like they deserve to stay if possible.
I hate what Cat does to line formations for this team personally, I would have traded him 2 years ago. I'm not sure you should have a Cat and a Kane, its too much to protect when you have no protectors. I'm fine with it sometimes. Just a constant consternation and might be JC's fault, not Cat. Probably thats right. Cat was fine before JC.
I think there is a difference between "protection" and just a weak team in general that tempts the other team to get agro and real physical with us. Zadorov, Murphy, Dach, Shaw, Carp, Janmark....D
Don't cry for the Avs my friend,they're LOADED at D and didn't need Zadorov.
Graves 6'5" 220
Johnson 6'4" 225
Pateryn 6'2" 212 and Byram's only 19,he'll fill out that 6'1" 190lb frame,the only small D-man they have are Makar and Girard. They can also throw Gilbert out there for plenty of toughness if needed.
Saad does a LOT more than just score goals in blow outs.....you'd think a Hawk fan would know that or just remember the last two cups. Saad @5M is a great get for them and it they're fucked up.....what are we?
You don't like D-Cat either? D-Cat needs no one to stick up for him and you really woulda traded 2 years ago? How do you get better when you trade your best players? D-Cat lit up the OHL and he'll be a 500 goal guy if he stays healthy.
As with all trades,time will tell who won it.
Ehhhh...not really.That works for me. Each carried the Hawks to the Stanley Cup.
Ouch. At least the name plate can be changed easily. I cut the Chelios off my wife's sweater. Didn't replace it yet but the number 7 on it is for Seabs.Back in '10, when the Hawks started their Cup runs, the wife and I were in the rah-rah Hawks mode, like a lot us, so I bought us a couple of jerseys. I chose Toews for the name plate and instead of Keith, Kane, Seabrook, etc she chose Niemi and *poof*, he was gone. She still has that jersey.
He was utterly huge that year -- no doubt -- but Wilson (unintentionally) did the Hawks a gigantic favor when he OS'ed Hammer and forced Bowman to shed Niemi.Niemi actually had four strong seasons with SJ, then started falling off some in the 5th but still won 163 games for them. The free fall came in Dallas. You can't underestimate what he did for the Hawks.....sure it was only one Cup but he literally beat the Sharks by himself as I don't think anyone will argue that the Hawks were outplayed the majority of that series. You never know what might have happened had he not done that....there's a big difference in decision making when your defending your Cup instead of still trying to get there. No way you can assume that everything would've turned out the same had the Hawks not won the Cup in 2010.
IMOP, Antti Niemi was as instrumental in the Hawks run as anyone.
True...but like all goaltenders breaking into the league he will have aspect to his game which can be exploited. As he plays more games teams will write a book on him. Then, it's up to him to work those kinks out of his game. and keep 'em guessing.The thing that worries me about Lankinen is his propensity to fall/lean forward the same way Niemi did.
I've noticed this the last two games and smart players will catch that quick.
Crawford had Niemi beat out of camp. I remember it was waiver eligibility that drove Niemi to be the backup, not skill. Not that it mattered of course.Could have been Crawford in 10 . they were neck and neck for the backup position. Think the Hawks were worried he might go back to Finland if he was sent to Rockford again.
Waiver eligibility played into the decision to keep Niemi up over CC back in '10' too,CC could go down and come back without clearing if necessary but Neimi would of have to cleared if he was called back up.Could have been Crawford in 10 . they were neck and neck for the backup position. Think the Hawks were worried he might go back to Finland if he was sent to Rockford again.