Hello all. Welcome to our weekly Hawks chat live from the united center today. Hawks just finished practice..they'll have one more tomorrow before heading out to Dallas.Lots of special teams work today..Bolly and Ben Smith are questionable for the weekend with injuries but P. Sharp is ready to go..So am I! Fire away with questions..time to get the season going!
Hey Jesse, love your work. If kane plays center with hossa and burnette. who lines up with toews and sharp?
Been in my blog last couple days so check it out...It will be Brandon Saad to start..and interesting thing there is Sharp will play right wing and Saad left at least to start the game...Sharp is prob better on the left side where he can set up for one timers but Saad more used to left so they start that way but all parties said may not finish that way
What is the deal with Saad? The kid came out of nowhere. Is the hype real? First line material at 18?
Right now, the hype is justified...Been very very good in training camp...But reg season is a diff story..physically i thikn he can handle it..menatally is a diff story but lets see how it goes...my guess is he goes back to juniors but thats just because its so hard to stick at that age on a contending team unless of course playing with sharp and toews just opens things up for him...totally intrigued by this, will be fun to watch..love his instincts
Hey Jesse,With your recent line predictions I see that you have left out the special teams lineups... Can you give us any insight as to what you have seen in terms of special teams lines at practice leading into this opening weekend.Im assuming right now it would be something liek Brunette/Toews/Kane Sharp/KeithFrolik/Bolland/Hossa Seabs/Hammer??
You're close...your first unit is exact...second unit has leddy on the point and no hammer and without bolland saad was on it today...the others are correct
Jesse, I know you're not even really sure yet, but could give us your best educated guess as to the lines for opening night based on what you saw in preseason and from who you know is likely to play/unlikely to play. So jacked up for Friday, I can't wait
with bolland and smith check out my blog..its in there...without bolland or smith...add pirri (my guess) in between frolik and bickell...mayers in between olesz and maybe hayes or kruger?? or frolik in the middle bewteen olesz and bickell and pirri between mayers and hayes or kruger..something like that
Does Stalberg replace Saad on top line if Saad is the one sent back?
Hard to say right now..by the time he comes back, Kane could be on that line...no way to know...Saad might stay there...I think w eare focusing too much on lines...they chagne so fast in game a lot that it doesnt mean much right now..
Why did the Blackhaks sign Emery? He did not look very good in preseason. Is it because that didn't want Salak to rot on the bench and to be able to get used to the game in Rockford?
Few reasons, Keep all 3 in organization, they dont look at a couple of games and make big decisions based soley on that and yes this gives Salak more PT but if Emery was/is really bad they will make the change
Have you heard of any team events? I know they did some two years ago. IE Alcatraz, ect. Also, it seems like two years ago "One Goal" commercials were all fun and goofy, while last years were all serious. Have you heard anything about that?
They might be going to Vegas again with extra time on one of their trips...team dinner I believe in Dallas this thursday...other than that I dont know...its still early..and dont know about the commercials
With Doughty's cap hit at $7M and Weber getting $8M, how good is that 13-year Keith deal at $5.5M looking right about now? Sure we give the two most recent GMs grief for overpaying guys like Campbell or Frolik, but it seems like they deserve a lot of credit for Keith's deal, which could really help long term (assuming Keith stays engaged).
Absolutely, great cap hit...and right on abot your last comment...as long as Keith is good for a long period of time..no issue there
Do think this is the year that Toews finally explodes for a 100 point season?
Would love to say yes but Kane is more of the pure point producer I think..Toews does so much getting to 100 might be too much to ask but I would not rule it out...fast start and pp points are essential...still a longshot
Hows crawford looking? Are you expecting a sophomore slump from him?
I am 100 % behind Crawford and dont believe he will have a sophmore slump...His style doesnt allow for a huge slump in my opinion if that makes sense...but no, I dont think twice about him..think he'll be fine
Jesse, is Kane 100% healed from his wrist injury?
Certainly looks like it. Looks great on the ice. didnt get a chance to talk with him today but will tomorrow or friday in dallas.
Will Sharp be ready for Friday's game?
Yes. All good
Do you see the Kane "experiment" working out?
I dont but would love to be proved wrong..I will say this, he's already surprised me so maybe he keeps it up but reg season a whole diff animal than pre so we'll see
We all know what the media thinks of Sean Avery and his release from the rangers...but what do the players think of him? Any chances hawks pick him up off wavers for insurance in the event of an injury?
I dont think players respect him too much...look at dallas for example..they hated him...no chance hawks grab him...none
I'm excited for the youngster to take the ice in the home opener. Should we think big for his Chicago debut?
Why not..the key is who he's playing with...stars arent going to focus on him or know what he can do..he's got a shot..a big shot
I noticed that Paradis was still on the Hawks roster even though he's hurt. Is this a technicality of some sorts or does he really have a chance to be on the 23-man roster? Just curious because he doesn't seem to be one of their more highly touted prospects.
Technicality..when healthy he'll be sent down..
How many points do you think Saad has to score to stick with the Hawks past 9 games?
Its not just about points but if it were...if he has say 9 in 9 games, I would think he stays but even then more than just points will go into it.
How many games do you see Emery playing this year?
Hey Jesse!Say Olesez didnt have a huge contract...would he still making this team or would someone like Pirri be here?
Hard to say but Olesz has shown enough to think he belongs...if the contracts were even and the positions didnt matter, could go either way..so I just dont know for sure
Let me say, I love John Scott. But isn't it a huge liability having him and Montador as the 3rd D pairing? Scott isn't the most mobile and Montador had a pretty disappointing preseason. I know they aren't on the ice a ton, but I'll be nervous when they are.
Thats why there are 82 games..Im not in love with that pairing either but MOntador has to play at least at the start..he was a big ticket free-agent signing..Q admitted today, he's been just "so-so" in camp and Q doesnt criticize very often...if they dont work, the next night you might see the other two
What is Bollands status? We CANNOT afford him to be out again
Its been very secertive..I simply dont know what the injury is or when it occurred...Q downplayed it for the past week so now that hes called him questinable its time to be concerned..i think they are susprised cause Q is usually pretty good about revealing if he's worried or not...on-going story
Odds Saad stays on past 9 games?
less than 50..maybe 25..total guess...
Do Q and Stan have a better feel for what they "have" in Olesz now?
Defintiely..hes got decent hands and can move..we'll see how his drive is but I tihnk they see him as a 4-9 forward
Any chance the Hawks go after John Madden?The guy wins face offs
I cant say for sure no but have no indication, plus they like Pirri and Kruger prob more....I did talk to him recently..said hes going to keep in shape over next month and see what happens
I'm all for embracing that Brandon Saad might be NHL-ready at 18. However, would it be more beneficial for his overall development to stay in Juniors this season? Would playing in Chicago/Rockford hinder him going forward?
Cant play in rockford due to rules...its either NHL or juniors..if he's ready than playing in juniors would hinder him so it all just depends..if he can handle it than the NHL is the place to be...satrting friday we'll find out
Jesse,I can't believe Stan gets a 3 year extension. What has he done to justify it? Lost Niemi and Campoli for absolutely nothing. Grossly overpaid for Hjalmarsson and Montador. Won a cup with Dale Tallon's talent. Traded away all that Stanley Cup talent for a couple of 3rd and 4th liners? I can think of 2 positives. The Skille trade is one. I like the Campbell trade financially,but we have no idea if it will pay dividends on the ice yet. His big offseason - summer 2011 - is impossible to judge at this point. But I'm not at all excited about Carcillo, Mayers, Montador or Lepisto. Take all that cash and get a Joel Ward or Erik Cole. 3 year extension for mediocrity, what a joke.
Some of what you say is correct..could even say he was asst gm when they got into the cap mess but I see a pretty good understanding of how to put together a team and every gm makes mistakes...niemi, hammer offer sheet, campoli maybe...I dont disagree with you on thei summer either..not a fan of montador...BUT Leddy trade, campbell dump, steeg for stalberg is fine with me...buff for morin is fine considering all...so I dont have a big prob with it...bottom line: I think Stan knows what he's doing but can still make a mistake or two...everyone does...the great Brian Burke continues to mess up toronto so put in perspective
Do you know if NHL Center Ice will have a free preview for the first month of the season, much like they did last year?
Any chance Bowman trades Beach to Dale Tallon for a good prospect?
There or toronto where Rick Dudley is...that one is on Duds...
I am still not too excited with the signing of Car BOMB, I think it is a mistake cause he will make too many stupid penailitis. Am I being too critical on him?
No, youre not wrong...perfect example of "has to prove it to us first" before we can buy in..but so far I have seen him toned down some so we'll see...course dont want him to "quiet"
Do you think there is any chance that Blackhawks go after a winger like Shane Doan this year, they have the cap room and i believe there still a winger away from winning the cup.
Sure, why not..I think anyone like that if the team is out of the playoffs the hawks have a shot at..first time in several yrs they have the cap room to make a bug deadline deal
Do you think Leddy has the potential to be that point scoring defenseman that brings the puck up the ice like Campbell did? I know many are hoping for this but how is he looking right now?
Could go either way..looks like he has the skill set and mindset to be a player in that mode though campbell is still a better skater...jury is out is the way I would put it
Jesse HUGE fan, wondering your take on the rumors that Bettman promised the Wings a move to the Eastern conference? I don't like it, then we are the last original 6 in the West??
Think it will happen...how much we would be complaining in chicago if almost half the games started ay 8:30, 9:30, or 10:30...plus will save them money on travel which they prob deserve..im not heartbroken..will still play them 2 times a year is my guess and without division playoffs, I think the rivalry has softened SOME...and I think the original 6 thing is worn out as well...how come we dont talk about the original teams in any other sport? I like the "idea" of it and the matchups but I dont think policy or schedules should be dictated by it
Jesse, I was excited about Stalberg's potential for this season with how he played in exhibition games. How serious is his injury? When can we expect him back?
Doesnt look too serious..have seen him about and rode in elevator at UC with him other day...no crutches or anything..another 10 days? just a guess
Jesse- we're going to make a run at a second line centre sometime before the end of January, right? Can we package a guy or two and a pick or two for Doan or someone of that caliber?
Only if Phoenix is fading...doan at center or wing..i could live with that
Kruger seems to be ok, what are your thoughts on this kid?
I like him but he still needs seasoning..he'll be up here at some point but just not yet
Is the NHL next in line to go through CBA woes when their CBA is up in Spetember? I can't imagine a lockout after they lost an entire season.
They are next in line but I dont imagine a lockout either...there will be changes, especially to the long term deals but I think they can hammer it out..really do
Is Jeremy Morin have a future with the Blackhawks?
I think so unless hes trade bait..just has to start playing again..hes in crosby mode...basically out since last january but has to be getting closer
If Bolland is out to start the season, does Pirri get the call to replace him?
Thats my guess
How's the chemistry so far? Is it noticeably different than last year?
Cant really tell yet...room is a bit livlier for sure but too early
Hey Jesse, do you see Seabs as a Norris winner anytime soon? He is a Stanley Cup champ and a Gold medal winner, only thing missing (besides me as his wife) is a Norris trophy
Tough to say...Its possible he enters that discussion..simply needs a big year in points and plus/minus..that will get him noticed..i think top D-men are down around the league..weber, doughty, keith (when on)...couple others and so he has a chance but would not say a fav or anything like that..weber's to lose (or lidstrom, again)
Can you tell me how Montador is getting 2.75 mil a year? He looks like he should've been sent to Rockford. I nominate this as worst contract since Huet
IM on your side...they have liked him for a while..thats usually the kiss of death...chasing a guy for years and then realizing hes not the player you thought...I have been consistent on this from the moment they signed him and unfortunately I dont feel any different now..maybe he'll light it up once season starts
Minus the core- who are you most excited about seeing? (Stalberg, Brunette, Bickell, Frolik, Olesz, Mayers, Smith, Saad (if he stays past 9)) Who do you think will have the biggest year? Biggest disappointment?
Brunette and Saad intrigue me..Smith just to see if he can follow up a good finish...everyone is in love with frolik...eh
Hey Jesse, love the blogs and chats. What's your point prediction for Leddy?
Tough one..30 points? if he stays on pp whole year maybe a few more...think 8-10 goals max and 20-30 asissts max
Why does it seem that Bolland is always getting hurt and missing games? I would love to see him play a full season, any ideas on why he is always getting hurt?
Who knows..not out of shape..some guys are just mroe "fragile"...I mean the concussion is totally fluky...but he has had major back surgery and little other things..I dont know why, some players are like that.
So Campoli gets 1.75 mil and we pay Montador 2.75 mil? Bowman shouldn't get a contract extension based on this alone!
I wont argue your point....I think campoli is better.
Who would you rather see wearing the Indian Head - Car Bomb or Burish?
Would it be in the Hawks best interest to go after a shut down D-man near the deadline? I don't see there being a problem scoring, but preventing the scoring is a bigger concern.
I wouldnt mind them getting a little bigger there, they really didnt do that unless you count O'Donnell but he's not going to blast anyone or be real physical..so you never know. Something to watch
Jesse, with Carcillo suspended, who gets in a fight with Steve Ott on Friday/Saturday?
Mayers or Scott...
Odds the Hawks top 100 points?
90 percent. seems like its not that hard with all those 3 point nights
Good to see Bolland in midseason form - already injured. Stan has done well in also signing Keith, Toews, Kane, Seabrook, Sharp, Hossa, Crawford to very good cap hits...Bickell as well. Plus, look at the young talent Hawks have - McNeil, Saad, Morin...the list goes on. My question - anything on trade whispers if Saad can stay up and we all know Bolland will be lucky to play 50gms based on his history - its not a contract year, which is the only year he did it?
Whispers about Bolland? None..remember how valuable hes been in the playoffs..those guys dont grow on trees...thats when they need him most
Brouwer took a shot at Q on his way out, complaining he shuffles lines too much and said a bunch of Hawks felt that way. Do you think that was sour grapes or current Hawks really feel that way?
I didnt take that too seriously..every coach tinkers more than the players want...they joke about it sometimes now..Ive seen too many coahces do the same thing to isolate Q
Jesse, after watching Game 6 on CSN last night, I am ready for the season to get under way. Disappointing finish in game 7, but arguably one goal away from a serious chance to defend the Cup last year. What do you think about our chances this season?
I think the chances are very good because I (like most) believe in the core guys and I see a top heavy west but thats it...I also believe in Crawford which can hide some issues..now, IF the center position AND the back end of the defense are issues AND they have some special teams problems, well then things are different but for all of those negatives to happen are a longshot in my opinion..in other words, in short, Toews will get it done..meaning a good to great season
Jesse, do u think we can win the division this year... or do u think it will be similar to last year where we snuck into the playoffs
I think they win the division
What number is Saad going to wear? Please tell me he changes from the training camp 43?
43 as far as i can tell..thats what hes worn in practice this week
TSN recently released their list of Top 50 players and have put the Sedin Twins ahead of Toews, but behind Datsyuk. I find this to be a total fluke because the Sedin Twins get a bulk of their points from the PP and Datsyuk doesn't average that many points a year like Toews. Toews is much better all around than the Sedins, but I was wondering what your thoughts were on this.
Id rather have Toews than either Sedin..Cant go wrong with Datyuk though
Thats going to do it for today..great questions, sorry didnt get to them all..email me at email@example.com if you want something answered..otherwise follow me on twitter, @espnchihawks..Ill be in dallas for the opener on friday..and spread the word about my blog..absolutely no cost unlike a newspaper! check it out later today for a fun video with sharp and news from practice...talk to you next week with some games under our belt to talk about. thanks again