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Welcome to PuckPowWow's new home.

ChicagoNow has made PuckPowWow part of their wonderful world of blogging. This will undoubtedly lead to more readers, and more additions to the opinions expressed about Blackhawk's hockey. I wanted to take this moment to thank all of you readers out their who have visited and read the posts that I have put together as an attempt to explore the ins and outs of the Chicago Blackhawks. None of this would have been possible without loyal readers, and I thank you. 
I especially want to thank those who have left comments after posts. This blog is all about an exchange of ideas and opinions. By commenting on a post you are becoming an integral part in establishing a conversation, which is after all, the reason for the site. This conversation leads to greater insights of the game, and of the Blackhawks. As a result, new perspectives are seen and we all benefit from the back and forth (sometimes with more drama than others) statements. Keep coming around, and keep commenting.
Unfortunately, this season is proving to be a great source of conversation. Good for this blog, bad for the Hawk's place in the standings. Sure, their spot in the standings would look a little better if the officiating had not gotten in the way in a few occasions, but that still would not buy a 6th place spot or higher. As of right now, 11th is the best they could do, and behind quite a few teams Im sure no one expected them to be behind. Frankly, this just does not seem to be the Hawk's year.
There are pluses, and negatives about this season. In the attempt to avoid the so many negatives that we have all exposed at PuckPowWow, let us turn to the highs of the team.
Jonathan Toews is a machine. A machine with a purpose and the god given talent to force his will on whomever gets in his way. I consider myself lucky to be able to call my home team his home. He truly is the entire package. He, Kane, and Sharp have connected to form a pretty darn good line in recent games. Most of the domination we all saw over periods of the last road trip were due to these 3 guys.
Troy Brouwer. A frequenter in the best of category at PuckPowWow, Brouwer is the real deal this season. As many had expected, and others hoped for, he is delivering well beyond his salary, which is a lot more than we can say for some people. He has been a force in front of the net, and the best force this team has physically throughout the year. So, here's to Brouwer on a great season.
The talent this team has is much better than what they have produced. With that in mind, a winning spree could be right around the corner. Or, maybe the Hawks will all be shaving some beards well before summer. 
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The success of this team might rest on this guy's shoulders

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  • Congrats on the new digs, I'll try not to spill on the carpet. In the background, Cal-Gary is abusing the Avs and have gone from a goal differential of -4 to +3. The Blues have beaten the Nucks, and the Yotes have taken down the Caps. Not a lot of good news for the Hawks these days. Objectively, the Hawks are one good winning streak away from contention, but even that door is starting to close as the other teams tighten up. They've had a few days to reflect and hopefully some time to practice and come up with something that's new enough to put a wrinkle in other teams coverage here and there. At the least, PLEASE practice some shoot out moves.

    Thanks HH for running the other blog and for giving some of us misfits a place to spout off. I read a lot of other Hawks blogs but (thankfully for them) I really only post on this one. I'm not sure we're going to see a lot of new stuff from the team for the rest of this season, but that's okay. As you all know, I really don't mind repeating myself.

    I wonder how long before the troll finds us.

  • Like the new place. Do we have to take our shoes off before coming in?

  • In reply to beaverwarrior:

    Hi guys, djd, here. I had to change my handle to get in. Apparently djd is not too unique.

    Congrats, HH, on the new digs. I do have to take off my shoes. Spring thaw in full force up this way. They're as muddy as this season has been for the 'hawks.

  • In reply to beaverwarrior:

    Just checking the user pic guys.

  • In reply to beaverwarrior:

    Obviously not working. Can someone give me an idea?

  • In reply to fourfeather:

    Yeah, whats up with that? Have you tried changing the size of the original image? Does it fit correctly when, and look good before you save it to your profile?

  • In reply to puckpowwow:

    Thanks HH, I did that but obviously it didn't reduce enough. I'll try again.

  • In reply to puckpowwow:

    Guys, did you see the contratc extension Buff signed in Atlanta. 5 years @ 26 M. Wow, good on him. What do you thik Seabrook is gonna want now?

  • In reply to fourfeather:

    I think Seabrook is going to want a Norris Trophy and will tell Stan, "Duncs got one, why can't I?"

  • In reply to fourfeather:

    On further reflection, I think the Thrash are doing with Buff with the Hawks did with Campbell; they have now locked in a "name" player and showed some commitment to their future. Shrewdley, the early years are cheaper then later years when the cap should be higher then it is now. When your team goes for a long time without success, this is part of the price you pay to start getting back to respectability. Right now, Buff is having a pretty monster year while Seabrook seems to be plugging along a pace that is consistent for him. I just don't think Seabrook can command that kind of money.

  • In reply to nklhd12:

    You know, Vegas, one person whom I believe the 'hawks sorely miss is Dudley. The man is a shrewd judge of talent and was passed over in favor of SB.

    To your point about Buff, he is an elite player in this league. By that I mean he has immense size, skill, a good set of hands, is versatile and capable of playing forward as well as D, shows up for big games, should have won the Conn Smythe trophy last year and has a ring. Those types are a rare breed in the NHL. I say good on him. He's having a good year because he's been given some responsibility and extra ice time that he wasn't going to get here. While it may be a commitment to the future, that future hangs in limbo as the Thrash are desperately trying to find a buyer. Speculation has them being move to Winnipeg, which is much closer to his home and his beloved ice-fishing.

  • In reply to nklhd12:

    Congrats to Buf. I think he deserves it. He won a cup (was a huge part of that), was traded and is having a career season, which might end with the Norris Trophy. He brought his game up when it was necessary. To compare it to Campbell, yeah, I think there is a likeness there, but Campbell is paid even more than that. I think Buf's contract represents the pinnacle of where contracts should go. Campbell's is out of control.

    On that note, did anyone read the interview with Bowman on the Blackhawk's site? He brought up the cap and mentioned how the NHL is thinking about a "soft" cap like the NBA has. So that players who are drafted or cultivated within the administration will not hit the cap as hard. This change would have allowed the Hawks to keep players like Buf instead of losing them. The thinking is: why should a team be hurt for having a great drafting system. It also allows teams to have a chance at the cup again after winning it.
    Regardless, giving players like Campbell the kind of money he got is ridiculous and a quick way to damage a team in the future. Unless your Ovi or Crosby.

  • In reply to puckpowwow:

    That's a great idea re: the soft cap. There's hope for this league's chief cogitators.

  • In reply to puckpowwow:

    Q hospitalized and Haviland is heading the bench tonight. Hope Q is okay even if I don't agree with some of his lines. I think Buff does deserve the scratch he got, I just don't think Seabrook is worth that kind of money to the Hawks. I understand the arguments about Campbell's salary, but I also understand why and how he got that money. Dudley does seem a very good judge of talent, but like StanBow, time will tell how good he will be. He knows the Chicago players he traded for and bringing them was a perfect situation for him. I haven't been unhappy so far with what Stan has done playing the hand he was dealt, but this summer and possibly this trading season now will be crucial for him.

    Some other bloggers lately have really been honing in on the future and our cap situation. The Hawks have some very good pieces, but those pieces don't all necessarily fit well together and some of those pieces are either not tradeable because of their contracts or are not desireable to trade because of favorable cap hits. On some level, I think a reasonably large part of what plagues this team is a satiation of hunger. It's not that they don't compete, but they just don't have the edge they did last year nor the edge that the Flyers seem to have this year. Realistically, they won't even be able to hold together the team they have right now because of the cap, but even if they could I still think Stan would need to make more changes and let one or two guys go either to let some prospects get their chance or to try and bring in one or two more grinders who are hungry and who know how to role play.

  • In reply to nklhd12:

    I'd agree with the satiation perspective. Don't forget Kane, Keith, Seabs, Toews (who I would exclude from this) Hossa, and Kopecky all had the Olympic experience and some of them received medals. What's left to play for this year. There's also the fatigue factor

  • In reply to puckpowwow:

    First class airfare to his new team? I re-sized chief Winterhawk, let see if his nose shopws up this time.

  • In reply to fourfeather:

    How about that Versteeg trade?

    Going to the Flyers was definitely a huge upgrade for him.

  • In reply to puckpowwow:

    Huge, indeed, but I wonder who he's going to replace on the roster, they're as close to the cap as the 'hawks are.

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