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Canes and Yotes are tied for my 2nd favorite teams. I lived in AZ and NC for a bit. Both tremendously fun places.
Forum: Armchair-GMThu at 1:12 pm
Thread: Chicago
Forum: Armchair-GMThu at 12:39 pm
Thread: Chicago
Forum: Armchair-GMWed at 10:09 pm
Forum: Armchair-GMWed at 6:13 pm
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>PleaseBanMeForMyOwnGood</b></div><div>You automatically lower the value of the Leaf players without even looking into it. Seriously were you not one of the guys to call Nylander just a 60 point winger and equal value to Saad for 2 full years until he was on pace for 40 goals and 70+ points? This is the bias I am talking about. If you didn't have a bias, you'd see Carlo as just a good 2nd pair defensive defenceman. And then you'd look at Holl last year and Holl so far this year and say, Carlo is younger so he's got more value but it's really not remotely close to Robertson as the difference.</div></div>

I'm absolutely the guy that calls Nylander a 61 point winger. That's just a fact. We can make all the excuses in the world, but it won't change that his career high is 61 points. Will he break that this year? I fully expect him to, YES. ***EDIT*** I forgot about the shortened season...I hope for his sake he gets that monkey off his back*** I also get on Malkin and Kane for being 1 dimensional players too. Both of light years ahead of Nylander, but that's a different post. I can also admit I like Kane more than Malkin...because of my bias. I fully understand and admit that. The whole Saad vs Nylander is comparing apples and orange. Saad is a powerful 2-way top line winger. He's that way for the Aves too. He didn't lose value just because he's not on my team. He's a playoff built player that helps allow the other more one dimensional players (Nylander) focus on their singular dimension. I guess I value 2-way players more than most and I'm allowed to have that opinion.
Forum: Armchair-GMWed at 3:46 pm
Forum: Armchair-GMTue at 2:21 pm
Thread: TDL Moves
Forum: Armchair-GMTue at 2:08 pm
Thread: TDL Moves
Forum: Armchair-GMTue at 10:35 am
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>HatterTParty</b></div><div>I always go back to the saying “luck favors the prepared.” Chicago, in no way, shape or form, we’re prepared for the change in direction they found themselves in. They chose an inexperienced, directionless coach. They rewarded poor job performance by not firing the GM, but by giving him a promotion on top of his GM job. Finally, between the drafting and development of prospects, there hasn’t been significant progress with an actual direction of what the team is style wise and finding a philosophy of how to develop the players in general.

On the whole, the Blackhawks just haven’t found an identity and philosophy to actually build off of while building a young team. Their young players (cat, strome, kuba, etc.) have all had varying degrees of individual success, but haven’t helped contribute to any team success for the hawks. They don’t have any style that they fit into and they don’t actually influence any style themselves. Luck favors the prepared, and the hawks haven’t been prepared, and therefore luck has not been on their side for a long time.</div></div>

<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>CrazyK04</b></div><div>I disagree. They influence the style called "score goals" and Jeremy Colliton doesn't want to be a "score goals" coach. He wants to be a "Grind and backcheck coach" so if he wants to build a team that way he needs to get Bowman to trade Kane for Rousell, DeBrincat for Maroon, Strome for B. Tanev, Kubalik for Khaira, and Boqvist for Borowiecki or Gudas.</div></div>

You guys are hitting on my thoughts exactly. To me it boils down to roster construction. I'm not so sure "identity" is the right term because you can't be just one thing. You need to be a bunch of things and the Hawks can't do any of them. TBL is an awesome team than to win in many different ways. Even Patrick Kane can't be Patrick Kane unless the team as a whole has the ability to help him in the ways he needs. Other physical and speedy guys that move when they don't have the puck. He's not set up for success AND he doesn't have any other line as a threat.

What do the Hawks need. Well here's my wish list.
Conor Garland. Speedy, Shifty, Gritty forward than can score. Not an easy thing to get. Place him with Kubalik/Toews.
Barclay Goodrow or Blake Coleman - Fast, Big, Physical, Defensive Winger.
(2) UFA goalies next year - Freddie and Raanta... No I don't think a long term Binnington deal is good for the Hawks.
The hardest one of all...a #1 Dman. Can't do it without a #1 Dman, but we can draft and try to get this in time.