Jun 24, 2015
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>exo2769</b></div><div>I hear what you're saying about MIN in the previous post. BUT they have to prove it! That's just my opinion as outlined previously. Do it in February...not wait until March. For every win you mention above...they have bad losses too. NJD, LAK, twice to SJS. Also their record against the central isn't great either. 0-2 vs STL. 1-3 vs the Aves. 1-2 vs NSH. 1-1 vs DAL. 2-1 vs WPG, 1-0 vs MIN.
1,000% agree CHI can't be true buyers. Although I could see Stan saying... Guys, STL was in a bad spot and won it all last year AND if the season ended today CBJ would be in the playoffs. That's why we're buyers. Stupid outlier facts/stats forced to prove a specific point only made to reinforce a preconceived notion. That's not truly looking at your team.</div></div>
I agree, STL was on a hot streak, however they are carrying it over into this season, they found consistency. Regardless, I rather compare this hawks run to last season's where they got hot in March. This team is starting to find it's stride much earlier in the season which will be a huge help down the road to get into the playoffs, if they can keep this consistency they will be in it no question. Imagine if DeBrincat hits his stride with Strome, the hawks would be sitting real pretty then. This team is on a 5 game win streak and DeBrincat has one goal. I truly don't think there's much this team could do in terms of buying. They have great forward depth. I could see them looking for a 2nd pair RD, but there's not much available.
Like I said earlier, that 1st wildcard spot is definitely available, hell, 3rd in the division is as well. If the hawks get that 1st wildcard spot, we could see them make a strong playoff run.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>exo2769</b></div><div>Lots of great thoughts here.
To the original question...is it in the best interest for the Hawks to make the playoffs this year?...
I personally don't think so, but I can understand the prospect development position and 100% respect that opinion. Truthfully, we'll see how things play out until Feb 24th. It's a month away and we play WPG x2, EDM, NSH, CGY, AZ, BOS, DAL, VAN, MIN etc... They're all quality teams...or teams CHI is going up against for a playoff spot. THIS is the make or break month, not March. So I hear what <a href="/users/ChiHawk" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">@ChiHawk</a> is saying that the schedule gets easier in March, but for me...that doesn't cut it. If you're not in the playoffs by Feb 23rd...sell and sell hard. At the very least all the pending UFAs including Lehenr. (more below) I personally don't think it's reasonable to expect a team that's hot right now, to get even hotter. This is their best hockey so far this year and if you can't beat these teams by Feb 23rd...your <strong>very</strong> likely not going to beat them in a 7 game series. So that's why I say, I don't think so. BUT if we're in the playoffs come Feb 23rd. I can understand not selling.
Sell ALL the pending UFAs because we need to address the other items you guys bring up. A.) We need another difference making winger developing in our system. B.) We need trade chips incase we need to shed cap. C.) It's entirely possible we can still sign Lehner next year. He wants a fair price wherever he goes. CHI can still do that it, but refer to B because we might need to shed cap. D.) We can't afford Gus or Crow next year Their replacements are literally on the Chicago's NHL roster already. E.) See what you can get for Saad and make a judgement call. YES he's a quality hockey player, but the TDL is the time to sell and there's always the risk of decreasing your value by having an off year...cough cough Gus...
***EDIT*** I know this is getting a bit long winded, but IMO this situation sets up PERFECTLY. The team will decide whether they're true contenders or not. Stan doesn't even need to make bold moves. He's just going to let the situation play out and he'll react. If CHI has a losing record against those teams...they'll be further out of the playoffs than they are now. If they have a winning record...they'll likely be in. Oh and a lot of these games are on the road too! Likely on the road for any playoff hopes too.</div></div>
This schedule is not as bad as people are making it out to be. With 5 pacific teams within a point of each other, it's hard to decipher which are quality and which are not, in my opinion, the hawks are equal to all of those teams (They've beaten most of these teams before). They beat Dallas in Dallas. They even beat Boston in Boston. There is a strong possibility this team is in a playoff spot by the deadline. There are many winnable games. However, I don't know if there's any need to be buyers. There is depth at every position. Strome coming back will solidify the forward depth, do you go after a rental D man? There's not much available, and there's no way anyone's trading a 1st as a wildcard team after what happened to Columbus. It will be interesting to see, but I think it's very possible. Florida is on a back to back and likely starting Montembault tonight, who struggles in the bigs. I expect a strong game from the team tonight.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>HatterTParty</b></div><div>The biggest reason I say don’t go for it YET, is because you run the risk of becoming the Minnesota Wild, okay, but never good enough. We still need a piece or two, and Bowman isn’t the guy to get the big name at a responsible price in free agency. I get that enough is enough losing, but we’ve suffered through worse, and I don’t mind losing if it means being better than ever later on.</div></div>
The hawks are lightyears better than the Minnesota Wild. The Wild have never had a true superstar player. Parise and Suter are good, not great. Kane, Toews, and Keith are all locks for the hall of fame. The hawks have also done a much better job in drafting than the Wild have, with tons of D prospects in the system. Also, Minnesota doesn't have the goaltending the hawks have had for the past 10 seasons.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Pensfan89</b></div><div>No way is Saad having a great season for a 6 million per year player. He is only pacing just over .5 ppg. I’ll keep the 1st and Galchenyuk who has been mostly on the 4th line, over 1 million cheaper, a pending UFA and is pacing slightly less than Saad.</div></div>
He's a defensive forward. His numbers were never meant to be great. He's a perfect winger in Pittsburgh. Galchenyuk is meant to have great numbers and hasn't, he's a much larger disappointment than Saad. Saad is a 200 foot winger, something that Pittsburgh had inserted into their line ups for their cup runs (Guerin, Dupuis, Kunitz, Rust, Sheary, Hagelin). Saad is also playing 3rd line minutes with Kampf and Kubalik in a shut down role. That line single-handedly kept McDavid scoreless when matched up against him. Saad would be perfect in Pittsburgh, that's why the price is steep.