Jun 24, 2015
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>ChiHawk</b></div><div>Simple math and deductive reasoning Nick instead of blowing it off.
Late 1st round draft picks have a 30% chance of ever becoming a fulltime NHL player....that's a fact and well documented.
Strome has been a .76ppg player since joining the Hawks; another fact.
Strome is 23 year old RFA, another fact.
Simply math here doesn't add up. Give me $5 and I'll give you a 30% of getting $2.50 back and about a 10% of getting $5 back. Makes no sense</div></div>
Simple math, he played with DeBrincat, then he played with Kane, he's not a great skater, he's not a great defender, he's a a poor face-off guy, he also can't play wing. That's going to hinder value, can't play wing, can't win 49%+ of face-offs? Yikes. Teams that are contending need 200 foot players. He is not one of them. There is zero intensity in his game. Also you're insinuating that he's worth more just because he's a full-time NHLer. At that point, why doesn't every team trade their middle 6 forwards for 1sts?!
Bowman is not one of the smartest GM's. He traded Panarin for Zadorov. Extended Seabrook to a terrible contract, traded most of his former 1st round picks (Danault, Teravainen, Schmaltz, Hartman, Jokiharju), brought Shaw back for no reason, added over 8 million in cap trading for De Haan and Maatta the past two off-seasons, yet claimed the hawks couldn't afford Panarin (This was the first season of his new contract). He just traded Saad for a Zadorov and NO draft picks. What kind of return is that for a 'rebuild'? He let Crawford walk because he didn't wanna give him an extra year and then claims "We want to go with the young guys" as if he never offered Crawford $3.5M for a year. He has contradicted himself all season long. Lehner was right, this team isn't that far off. The dead weight Seabrook, De Haan, Smith, and Shaw are holding cost them Panarin and Crawford the past two seasons. It's plain and simple. <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>HatterTParty</b></div><div>That announcement was a disgrace. Hawks and bowman should be ashamed of themselves. Bowman isn’t the guy to guide a rebuild. He doesn’t even know how to build a team from the ground up as is. If the moves thus far are any indication, this team isn’t gonna be relevant for at least another 4-5 years. I just want someone to finally be held responsible for the fiasco of the last three years. But in the end, rocky and co. decide to give stan the slide. It’s just embarrassing. I just want toews and Kane to ask for trades so the organization finally wakes the **** up. This is an original six organization that is essentially making excuses for their mediocrity instead of finding solutions.</div></div>
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>pharrow</b></div><div>Kane and Toews are basically being asked to want a trade.
That's what I got out of this. They want to cut their budget. They don't want to carry those contracts. He's basically telling them, we are going to purposefully suck, you can get out if you want.</div></div>
The best part is, this team wasn't THAT BAD. Vegas beat them in 5, but that was expected. With Smith on LTIR, Bowman would have around $8.5M in cap space to bring Crawford back (or could've signed another goalie for a similar price), he could've added a cheaper Saad replacement (Granlund is still available). Instead, he's sitting. This leads me to believe he's looking at Vancouver, Tampa Bay, and Vegas to see what they're trying to do about their cap situation. If he can pry a young RFA out of Tampa, somehow get Alex Tuch out of Vegas, or maybe Jake Virtanen, this team gets younger and deeper (Like he stated in his interview).