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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>exo2769</b></div><div>I'm a Bowman defender on here...if Strome goes back to wing...I'd call for his firing immediately. As far as if Kurashev doesn't work out...I mean IDK about that. Yeah Smith might be brought up, but it's a bottom 6 winger. Not exactly the most important role on the team.

Agreed that Seabs won't want to sit. His contract is with the Hawks for the long haul. He just had triple surgery. So I personally don't think he's going to be playing that much longer... I don't wish him any harm at all. One of my favorite all time Hawks, but it's hard to come back and fully heal when you get older. Things break down faster. It's just part of life.

I fully agree with you on the offense/defense issues. We need to allow guys like Dach to play the #1 role from time to time. The kids can't develop if the vets continuously lead in time on the ice. Force Keith to play less minutes. They did try (only a little) last year. Toews wasn't out there for every single national anthem...but they need to do it more.

I'm really quite against big money for a goalie...this year. Teams have the advantage this year. We need to use that advantage.</div></div>

I agree with you on spending for a goalie, it just seems like that's the way the market is trending though. Keith could definitely benefit from less minutes in the regular season, but I can see him still getting big roles in the playoffs, he just has that type of fitness, all he needs to do is keep his mental understanding of the game. I do like Kurashev's game a lot, I'm not going to debate that he will be in the NHL at some point, but I just don't know if next season will be when with an unorthodox offseason we're having now.
Forum: Armchair-GMMon at 10:55 am
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>exo2769</b></div><div>Hmmm....well I 100% agree with pick a lane and stick to it. Somehow we really do need to shed Maatta. I'm not 100% sure that he has the same value he did before the 3 year cap decision. If we can get a 4th...I think we need to. If we can't...we still need to buy him out. It's $3.5M that we need. I also agree with burying vs buying out Zach Smith. That extra cap in 2021 can go to Strome or Kubalik. His vet presence will help the kids develop in Rockford.

The draft will come before the goalie situation gets solved. If we draft Askarov...then I'm more for a shorter term cheaper Crow option. We we draft Lundell...then I'm ok with the Strome trade for Brodin. If we draft Quinn....well then I don't really have an answer for you.

BUT as for who plays in net??? There are a lot of goalie options out there. Lehner/Crow/Markstrom/Holtby, heck I'm not even sure what's going to happen with PIT's goalie situation. Matt Murray's arbitration would scare the heck out of me if I were a PIT fan. I think there's a small chance that he also becomes a UFA too. We'll see. What I'm getting at though many team are actually out there that can pay all of these guys??? Not many at all. DET and BUF can...ok fine. OTT can, but I'm not sure they will...NOR would these vets really want to go to a rebuild. That's about it. So as much as Lehner's "had enough of taking discounts his whole life" the cap isn't going up. That's bad news for big contracts. I'd prefer to sign Crow for the lower cap hit and then try to persuade one of the other vets that it's just the wrong year for a big contract. Next year is far better for these guys...Hank, Pekka, CAR, TOR, BOS, SEA etc... a lot more teams will be looking for goalies. Convince one of these guys that a tandem is the best option AND there's no better place to tandem than with Crow. It's designed so Crow doesn't play a ton of games. ALSO, this give the Hawks optionality too. If they stink at the TDL. If a freak injury happens...which they do happen...TDL. More picks.

I'd prefer to keep Koekkoek. I really do think he can be a diamond in the rough. YES, he's had some major injury problems early in his career, but that hasn't been an issue the past few years. There was a reason he was drafted #10 OA. I'd really like to keep him longer and see what happens. I'm not a big Seeler fan. Would also prefer to play Carlsson over Seeler.

I think this is too much $ for Drake. I'd actually like to give Kurashev a shot.

The strategy above also helps for Seattle. Depending on DeHaan's recovery...that's likely who they would take. I guess it could be Carlsson or Koekkoek, but I don't think Seattle would theoretically be helping the hawks cap situation shortly too.</div></div>

I agree with you Maatta has to go, I can't see him on this team next season with the logjam the hawks have. I just think Seeler is the cheaper option and if the hawks are looking for a big name goalie they can rotate him and Seabrook out. We all know Seabrook won't be benched for a full 82, so I'm definitely more lenient on who shares the 7D duties with Seabrook. He's just a call up away.

I just think the hawks are relying on too many former 1st rounders to reach another level. Strome, Koekkoek, Nylander and even Maatta are all getting major opportunities to play a more consistent game, but when they struggle, it brings the whole team down and puts more burden on Toews and Kane. I don't know how much I like having all of them in the line up but we don't have much of a choice. The problem with giving Kurashev a shot is if he doesn't work there's nobody else to try and Smith gets inserted into the line up and I rather not see Carpenter, Smith or Highmore on line 3. So Strome might end up on the wing in that situation.

I think the hawks need more consistency out of their forwards, and whether that results in trading picks or moving Saad and Caggiula, who knows. But, I do think the offense may be just as problematic as the defense.