To be or not To be? Where will this season end up?

The Wild game was the make it or break it game for me. I never gave that kind of weight to the Columbus game. I guess I just keep expecting the Hawks to build off of a win. They have been overdue for a winning streak since, well, the beginning of this season. As Beaver pointed out, you have to go pretty far back to find an instance where the Hawks won more than 2 in a row. It really is perplexing to wonder how they have managed such little success in that regards. For the most part, it seems to point to readiness and desire to win. As we all know, the Hawks have their trophy, or trophies in many regards. A fact that keeps me sane as I watch the Hawks throw games away. It forces me to ask myself if I am ready to throw this season away and find solace in pictures from last year's parade.

In the end I feel an eagerness to see them find some level of success this year. I am okay with not going deep into the playoffs, but I am ashamed to think they might not even make it to the 3rd week of April. So if I am to avoid feeling ashamed for my team, what will be needed for that diversion?
Trade deadline is upon us, and as I have pointed out on many occasions, coaching is where most of my votes would be going. With the prospect of Q and company being asked to move out of the question, who, or what can be done in the form of trades. I really think that Seabrook might be on the chopping block. He is in a contract year and playing some weak hockey. I am sure other teams would be interested, his play is depressing to watch and he opens up options in the form of dollars. Leddy has been doing great with more ice, and I am sure Hendry is good for some more as well. Go out and find someone who can fit the role needed in the line-up, maybe one or two players who can kill some penalties and start patching up those holes. It makes sense to make changes on the D with how outrageously those players are plaid compared to the success this year. Hjammer excluded of course. 
If not Seabrook, the only other guy I can see getting moved is Kopecky and thats more because he is having a career year and his value is up. I think the energy he brings is more important right now though.
So far, I say that the Skille for Frolik move was a poor choice. Don't get me wrong, I like Frolik enough and see him fitting in some ways, probably more as time passes, but Skille was just much more skilled and I see it hurting down the road. Obviously, moving the guy who was only getting at most, 6 minutes of ice is not going to change much, so why do it anyway? Nothing is going to fix Hossa, but Hossa. I think if the Hawks were to give Skille the position that Frolik has now, Skille would have probably laid more opponents out, and caused a hell of a lot more scoring opportunities. Whether or not those opportunities cause goals or not is another question. The point is, I think the administration failed Skille in many ways. Stalberg and he are not 4th line players. They might not have been scoring goals, but neither are some other players I can think of.
How has the coaching failed players? It seems that they have not allowed them to get comfortable. I have been here before. On a team with much more talent than was showing at the end of games, uncomfortable with a new coaching staff and losing games that should have been won. Players were being asked to do things out of their comfort zone and failing to produce as a result. This coach had a plan and that plan was not right for that team. The season was looking like a bust until a rash decision was made to fire the coaches. It was like a huge weight was lifted off of the team and the turn around was astonishing. It even came down to just the atmosphere the coaches created around them.
This coaching staff seems hell bent on forcing the same players into every situation that arises. Keith was starting to improve when his minutes dipped to around 24 minutes. Now he is back near 30 and making more mistakes again. It is like they have no other game plan and just keep trying to jam our talent down other teams throats while talented guys like Stalberg should just stay in the locker room. Then the talent gets frustrated at the lack of success, they try forcing issues, fall out of position, get too fancy and blow it, while the guys not getting ice are frustrated and take stupid penalties trying to show their worth.
Maybe this is why Kaner apparently has a drinking problem. If he does have a drinking concern than it is just further example of how this team is not being handled by the administration. Though speculating on it will get us nowhere.
So, back to my original thought. How many people say the Hawks make it into the playoffs? If they stay on this track and end up failing this year, the offseason might prove interesting. Maybe they need another summer to figure it out. My guess is that another slow start next season would spell coaching change. 
My vote is that the Hawks have shown too many times that they just don't have it right now. Things can change, players can come out of funks. Hell, if Hossa starts scoring actual goals it might even be enough, but my gut is telling me otherwise.

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  • Tick, Tick, Tick....Time is running out on the season my Hawk friends! Mwhahaha!!

  • Funny thing is, I think the only team I'd feel comfortable seeing the Hawks face in the playoffs this year would be the Red Wings. They seem to be the only team the Hawks show up for and know how to beat anymore.

  • In reply to iplagitr:

    Haha! Now that IS a funny thing!

    You know what I think is funny? The fact that I really don't have to worry about the regular season like you guys do.

    Maybe those couple wins over the Wings this year will be enough to get you through the long summer you are about to have. Hope you DVR'd them!

  • In reply to matto:

    Another humorous bit - every time the beloved Wings beat a lesser western opponent (like today), it helps the Hawks out in the standings. So keep those Wings playing at the top of their top game! We love it. Lets see a nice win against the Sharks on Tuesday. And a triumph over the Stars on Thursday would be fantastic news for us.

  • In reply to iplagitr:

    Well my friend, every team other than Vancouver (for now anyways) is a "lesser" opponent in the West for the Wings to beat. The good news is that I think you can count on more help in that regard. Too bad the Hawks dont seem to want to do for themselves. You won today so I guess that means, lose the next? Thats the pattern right? In the meantime, congrats on improving to 11th place....again.....still.

    BTW- The Wild were only our second Western Conference opponent in our last seven games. Sorry we couldnt have helped you more over the past two weeks! haha!

  • In reply to matto:

    I do realize this was a lame attempt to get back at the guitar guy's post, but I really couldn't think of anything smart to say. But then again, that's the standard for me, so it makes sense.

  • In reply to oneteam:

    I eat my own poop.

  • In reply to matto:

    Two of those teams have posted nice runs for the their last ten, while two have played much closer to 500 and fallen. Despite their better then five hundred mark in the last ten, the Ducks are currently out of contention. Nothing unsound about what I said at all.

    After watching the Bulls in the 90's get things started by beating the super classy Detroit Pistons (Pistons walked off the court after losing without shaking hands and continued to bitch in the locker room) I get that whole gloating factor. For some fans who are kind of general assholes to begin with, gloating is key. In general, you're just bustin balls and talking shit and I'm good with that. All in good fun. In the event you actually buy into your own stream of shit though, here are some things to consider.

    For a real wings fan who had to endure the dead wings era in the midst of a 40+ year cup drought, I doubt seriously they gave a shit about anything BUT the fact that the drought was over when they finally won. I'll always sling shit back just for the fun of it, but it's going to take several years of misery for any grief from trolls to really sink in and bother me.

  • In reply to nklhd12:

    "Despite their better then five hundred mark in the last ten, the Ducks are currently out of contention. Nothing unsound about what I said at all."

    How are the Ducks out of contention if they have the same amount of points as the Hawks? Does that mean the Hawks are out of contention too? The Ducks were 6-1 in their last 7 leading up to Hiller's injury (Feb 16th) and lost their last two games without him. I guess I

  • In reply to matto:

    Out of contention means out of contention. You are in the top eight or you aren't. The ducks, having dropped their last 3 are out of contention as are the Hawks who have now won two. What I said stands and I'm not going to split hairs with you. Being tied with teams in contention keeps you relevant in the discussion, but it does not make you a contender. It's that simple. Just to reiterate for you, the Hawks are not in contention. Read the standings jackass.

    You could spare us a little piousness (and bandwidth) yourself. Wings fans don't take the cup for granted? Please. You spew arrogance and sanctimony every time you post. It's one thing to sling shit about your team being better when they are higher in the standings but if I don't know how wings fans really feel, what makes you so fucking clairvoyant? Don't worry about adding a special tag so we know it's you, no Hawks here is a big enough asshole to match your tone and confuse us. Just sayin

  • In reply to nklhd12:

    OK but...the Hawks and the Ducks are in a 5 way tie for 7th place....putting the Hawks and the Ducks in the top eight....you know, according to the standings, jackass.

    "but if I don't know how wings fans really feel, what makes you so fucking clairvoyant?"

    Ahhh...beeeeecause Im a Wings fan and know how I really feel.

    If you want to claim that kind of authority, Ill do a little "What Hawk fans feel" too.

    I think real Hawk fans know that they got lucky last year. They also know that the Hawks likely wont make the playoffs this year and are so embarrassed by it that they now want to down play the whole thing. They would
    rather have them win the cup last year and miss the playoffs for the next 3 years straight than to have them make it to the playoffs all those years and lose without ever winning the Cup. They would also refer to themselves as "out of contention" while in 7th place.

    I think Im better at this than you are Vegas! lol

    Hawks suck, Go Wings!

  • In reply to matto:

    Sorry jackass, according to the standings, there are things that decide ties and right now, neither the Hawks nor the Ducks have enough of those things to be in the playoffs. If the playoffs started today, they would not be in. I don't care who they are tied with. You can spilt hairs and claim some happy bullshit about being tied for seventh, but 11th is where we sit.

    I can't speak for everyone here, but I don't feel lucky at all about last year. That was a great fucking team that had enough to talent to win IN SPITE OF not playing 60 minutes a night and committing many sins on a nightly basis. We didn't lose "elite" players, but we lost damn good players that fit together extremely well.

    As to the embarrassment, I've said my peace on that. 49 years is a long time to wait, and that wait is over. I'm not going to feel the slightest bit embarrassed, especially when the smack talk will come from fans of 13 other teams who are going to fall short as well.

    Ideally, this cup win would have come after years of working hard to build a good farm club, slow cook all the picks and instill a system that players adhered to so closely they could do it in their sleep. Instead, we got a steroids quick buildup, a stunning two year run followed by the harsh realities of a cap world. Regardless, we got the cup and there is still more then enough talent here to do it again if Q can pull his head out of his ass.

    You're better at this then me? Glad your bar for satisfaction in life is set low.

  • In reply to nklhd12:

    Fair enough, you guys are in 11th.

  • In reply to matto:

    These columns are getting too skinny. Cue the journey and let's call that a wrap

  • In reply to matto:

    Anyone else gettin' the weird idea that VegasHawksFan and OneTeam are the same person with way too much extra time on their hands?

  • In reply to iplagitr:

    Ah, our good friend one douche has found us. Maybe it's not your fault you are the way you are http://detnews.com/article/20110208/METRO/102080422/Magazine-names-Detroit-angriest-city-in-America

    I felt shame the other night when I got called for interference. If the Hawks don't make the playoffs this year, I will not feel that shame, not after winning a cup. Can't say too much more now cause I have to work.

  • In reply to nklhd12:

    Found you? You came back to ChicagoNow....I have been here all along. I have been reading you all cry and moan about your team all season. I dont comment as much anyone because its just not as fun kicking you guys when you're down. I much prefer taking the wind out of your sails and sticking you in the eye when you are riding high and feeling good. BUT, as long as you are miserable (as I know that you all are right now) Im OK with that.

    Ps- Im not from Detroit so the above link doesnt really apply to me. Im from the west side of the state of Michigan originally and have lived in downtown Chicago for over 12 years.

    Speaking of angry-- I was at Millennium Park this morning to celebrate Hockey Day in America. While I was there, Mike Bolt brought the Cup out for people to look at and take pictures with. The Blackhawk fans fell all over each other trying to get THEIR picture taken. It was ridiculous. At one point, some idiot Hawk fan spilled their hot chocolate all over the side of the Cup! Bolt was pissed and was making snarky comments about the Chicago fans there and how pushy and unorganized they were. After hearing a few jeer's thrown my way for being a Detroit fan, he noticed my jersey (Red Wings of course) and said "At least they have some respect for the Cup in Detroit" Bahahaha!!!! SLAM! He then took the Cup away early because the idiot fans continued to crowd and push the table the Cup was on.

    Be proud Chicago! Way to keep it classy! LOL!

  • In reply to matto:

    Reply fail: sorry for double post
    Two of those teams have posted nice runs for the their last ten, while two have played much closer to 500 and fallen. Despite their better then five hundred mark in the last ten, the Ducks are currently out of contention. Nothing unsound about what I said at all.

    After watching the Bulls in the 90's get things started by beating the super classy Detroit Pistons (Pistons walked off the court after losing without shaking hands and continued to bitch in the locker room) I get that whole gloating factor. For some fans who are kind of general assholes to begin with, gloating is key. In general, you're just bustin balls and talking shit and I'm good with that. All in good fun. In the event you actually buy into your own stream of shit though, here are some things to consider.

    For a real wings fan who had to endure the dead wings era in the midst of a 40+ year cup drought, I doubt seriously they gave a shit about anything BUT the fact that the drought was over when they finally won. I'll always sling shit back just for the fun of it, but it's going to take several years of misery for any grief from trolls to really sink in and bother me.

  • In reply to iplagitr:

    What I'm kinda of surprised about is that the nuck trolls haven't found this blog. Our pet deadwing troll is rather harmless..

  • In reply to beaverwarrior:

    Nice profile pic Beaver...still can't get that thing figured out, eh? You are s-m-r-t!

  • In reply to matto:

    Sorry about the comment Beaver, it looks like I can't make my new profile pic fit in the box either.

  • In reply to iplagitr:

    You can't win the Cup every year. We all know that. The Hawks won it last year and the prospect of repeating this year was low from the outset with the restructuring of the team. You gotta take the good with the bad. I can say one thing I think we can all agree with though... I'd rather have them win the cup last year and miss the playoffs for the next 3 years straight than to have them make it to the playoffs all those years and lose without ever winning the Cup.

    That said, if they make it into the playoffs this season, anything can still happen... look at the Flyers' improbable run last season, or the Canadiens taking out the almighty Caps and Penguins last year. And if the Hawks miss the post-season this year, they learn from it and come back stronger and more rested next year. It is what it is.

  • In reply to iplagitr:

    "I'd rather have them win the cup last year and miss the playoffs for the next 3 years straight than to have them make it to the playoffs all those years and lose without ever winning the Cup."

    Yup...sounds like a true Hawks fan. Im pretty sure Kane and Hossa feel the same way. You might even get your wish!!

  • In reply to iplagitr:

    HH, I'm gonna disagree again with you regarding trading Seabrook. He is the exactly what this team needs more of. Grit and physical play. Has he had an off-year, yes, is it a contract year, yes, but he is also a UFA after next season. The 'hawks will either lock him up long-term before next year, or, if I were him, I'd sign a one-year deal and test the waters next year. This summer Weber is up for a new deal with the Preds. That will be the benchmark toward which Seabrook begins negotiations.

    As for Skille, versus Frolik, the 'hawks won that deal hands down. Give Frolik a chance to learn the system. Maybe they'll even let him play centre

  • In reply to fourfeather:

    I wouldn't mind seeing a look at some of the icehogs before the end of the year. As for our pet troll, as I said before harmless...

  • In reply to fourfeather:

    You guys are no fun when you don't fight back against my childish taunts. This is a waste of my time.

  • In reply to oneteam:

    You figured that out surprisingly quick for a wings fan.

  • In reply to nklhd12:

    That

  • In reply to matto:

    I guess I'm the one crying now! Mwhahaha!!

  • In reply to nklhd12:

    Speaking of smarts... On Feb 6th under the article "This one Stings" you wrote to me:

    "The Ducks, The Yotes, The Wild and The Flamers are not going to remain in contention by alternating winning and losing every other day."

    Well, in the last ten games for each team including the Hawks, Chicago is the only one that is .500 (4-4-2) All four of the other teams have posted winning records.

    Good call though. Haha!

  • In reply to matto:

    But I guess none of that compares to when I made the claim last season almost on a daily basis that the Blackhawks would never win the Cup with a rookie goaltender. So I guess I should just keep my mouth shut because I just made myself look like a complete ass.

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