If I had any photo shop skills, I would have put a Hawks jersey on this idiot and it would have encapsulated a cross section of the meatball fan base that is just perpetually miserable and insufferable with their complaining about this team. Maybe it's worse because the Hawks ARE winning. Anyway, we know it's coming, why not embrace it? Kicking things off, we have the Leddy signing to talk about. At $2.7 mildo a year, there is likely an ungodly amount to be unhappy about. I don't think so, but after reading some comments around the interwebs, apparently there is. First and foremost, we should throw out the entire season of work and say that a guy who had reduced ice time in the finals should get nothing. In fact, perhaps he should pay THE TEAM to be allowed to come back. Obviously, we would like that figure to be a little lower, but we have now been spared the offer sheet attack like the one that came on Hammer. If you believe no one out there would be a big enough, all world, supreme idiot to put an offer sheet on Leddy, see below.
On to free agency where, undoubtedly, the outrage when Bowman does nothing will AGAIN erupt. In a world where Lecavalier is paid 33 million dollars (over the next 14 years) by one team to NOT play while he rakes in $4.5 a year for his new team, I suppose you have to be angry when the Hawks aren't even moderately involved and helping to spread that kinda crazy. Look at our buyouts after all! I mean, what did we save, a paltry 5.5 mildo? If dats all we saved, Bowman clearly isn't swinging for the fences to bring a cup here. Wait, he just did? So what, dat guy is still a bum. Part of what make the Lecavalier deal so spectacular is the buyouts that occurred in Philly to make room for Vinny. If I read right, Briere will be paid about $825K to leave and Bryz will get paid about $1.46 mildo to not play. I can only imagine that Philly meatballs are as proud of their GM and owner as Chicago meatballs are pissed that Stan and Rocky are wussies in a brave new cap world.
Ball busting aside, I expect little out of the Hawks today. I have a mild curiosity to see what Stalberg nets on the open market and a stronger curiosity in see what kind of offers come to Rozsival and Emery. Haven't heard anything yet on Kruger, but I really want to see that kid come back.
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