Hopefully the Caps can finally cash in on all the hype and at least make the SCF this season. My girlfriend and her family are all huge Caps fans (they all live in DC) and I know the past several years have been very frustrating for them.I've been a Washington Capitals season ticket holder for a while now. As dissapointed as I am with their exit last season I'm very excited about their off season moves. More experience, especially at goalie, was a key reason they lost to TB. Looking forward to their first pre-season game in September!
Brunette at $2M was a very prudent move for our top 6 in this market. Even at 35-37 the guy put up ~50 points with a vastly inferior Wild top 6 unit each of the past three seasons. OD has been a favorite of mine for a while because of the way he clears the net and handles the traffic in the slot, and he'll make for a very solid 7th dman but if he's starting 80 games, I don't like it. Monty brings the physical stay-at-home play and clutch PK ability that we lacked so sorely last season. Seriously, that role was arguably our most glaring weakness last year along with horrible backchecking from our bottom 6 F. I'm not a Carcillo fan at all because he's a crap skater who isn't even aware of the pucks existence on the ice and can't play the PK, but that energy line with him and Mayers will at least be pesky as heck. Looks like Morin has the inside shot for our last top 6 role unless Beach magically learns how to play behind his own blueline, and Stalberg will be rounding out our bottom line. I like Viktor more than most, mainly because his tools are all top notch even if he doesn't use his size and strength nearly enough and has awful hockey sense, so I think he could be a nice changeup to keep teams on their toes alongside the new guys on that fourth lineHope everyone is having a good summer. Im a Hawks fan and Im REALLY excited about the FA moves and the prospects that the Hawks will have this year. They have added some more depth and some defensive toughness, which are things that were sorely missed last season.
Im not going to make the bold prediction that the Hawks will win the west this season but I think they will be among the best teams in the west and should be a very good team.
Is it October yet???
Troy's a winger, not a dman. He's just such a manic and frustrating player to watch. He'll get hot and go on a scoring streak as a sniper one week, and the next get lost on the ice trying to figure out the PF role by soft checking everything that moves around him which caused him to miss open ice on offense. The shoulder injury was pretty much the straw that broke the camel's back for him, though, as he went on that huge goalless drought and failed to do a damn thing other than lay out those soft checks to pad his hits stat. Pretty horrible skater, too, but if he ever settles into the PF role like he did in that stretch with Toews and Kane in '09 he can be a legit mid six threat on both ends of the ice.The Caps picked up Troy Brouwer, who played for the Hawks for the past couple years and he's a very good defensman. .
You may think he's only a second liner, but I don't. I guess he'll just have to prove his worth this season.He's a second pairing dman, skill-wise. A second pairing dman playing on the first line is still a second pairing dman. It really is already one of the 10 worst contracts in the league. Hell, the deal Seabrook signed at $5.8 per was pretty bad and he's twice the dman Wiz will ever be (I'm being pretty generous with that twice figure for Wiz' benefit, too). As for the cap, don't expect it to keep rising when the CBA expires after this season and we don't have another huge TV deal on the books to temporarily boost revenue. The Canadian TV deal doesn't expire until before the '15-'16 season, so we won't see that kind of revenue boost again for four more years. It won't cripple them like the Soup deal did the Hawks, simply because there is no young talent to retain in RFA in the immediate future to skew the numbers, but these kinds of deals getting passed around is just bad for free agency in the cap era.
Definetly agree on Brouwer. He's a great player but way too inconsistent.Troy's a winger, not a dman. He's just such a manic and frustrating player to watch. He'll get hot and go on a scoring streak as a sniper one week, and the next get lost on the ice trying to figure out the PF role by soft checking everything that moves around him which caused him to miss open ice on offense. The shoulder injury was pretty much the straw that broke the camel's back for him, though, as he went on that huge goalless drought and failed to do a damn thing other than lay out those soft checks to pad his hits stat. Pretty horrible skater, too, but if he ever settles into the PF role like he did in that stretch with Toews and Kane in '09 he can be a legit mid six threat on both ends of the ice.
The Blackhawks have reportedly agreed on a one-year, two-way contract with defenseman Brian Connelly. The deal has a $525k cap number.
Connelly, 25, was an AHL All-Star with Rockford last year, scoring 11 goals and posting 41 assists in 80 games with the IceHogs. He has not appeared in an NHL game yet.
Restricted free agent forward Michael Frolik will be at the Chicago Blackhawks Convention this weekend, according to a source, even though he doesn’t have a contract with the team yet.
Talks between Frolik and the Hawks are on-going and his appearance at the convention, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Hilton Chicago, doesn’t mean a deal is imminent but certainly is a sign negotiations aren’t acrimonious.
On their website, the Hawks do not list him as attending.
Depth at center isnt really a concern I have for the Hawks going into next season. We definetly have some young, inexperienced centers who need to prove themselves but Im not worried about our depth.Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman continued to defend his offseason decisions Wednesday, re-iterating his position the team is not thin at the center position.
"I don't look at it that way, that we are thinner," Bowman said at the opening of Blackhawks/Stanley's Kitchen & Tap restaurant at O'Hare Airport. "Ben Smith played really well in the playoffs. He played a lot of center in Rockford. And [Marcus] Kruger. Both those guys were probably two of our more effective forwards in the playoffs.
"They're young, but there is something to be said for that. Kruger was one of the top 2 centers for Sweden in the World Championships. I think he's ready for the next step."
Im going to agree with the author and say no, not yet. He was rushed to the pros and will likely need to spend another year or 2 in Rockford before he will be ready.Last week the Blackhawks’ website posted that defenseman Dylan Olsen is aiming to swipe a roster spot this year on the Hawks. But is he ready to play at the top level?
The AHL is great for a young defender. Just look at what it did for DK. It allows you to play the North American pro-style game and learn by trial and error in as close to full-speed situations as you can get without jumping up to the NHL.http://blackhawkup.com/2011/07/13/dylan-olsen-a-name-to-remember/
Im going to agree with the author and say no, not yet. He was rushed to the pros and will likely need to spend another year or 2 in Rockford before he will be ready.
We won the cup with Sharp as our second line C all season, so while I would prefer to see him in his best role on the LW, I don't mind 19-10-36 up the middle on our top three lines. I just hope Kruger isn't in the roster plans right now. Kid looks like a legit prospect, but he is entirely too raw and unready for the NA game right now for a role deserving of his upside in the NHL right now. Best thing for him and us is to let him season in the rock for at least a season while he matures physically.http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/blackhawks/post/_/id/4667348/bowman-confident-in-his-young-centers
Depth at center isnt really a concern I have for the Hawks going into next season. We definetly have some young, inexperienced centers who need to prove themselves but Im not worried about our depth.
, but I don't like the Liles move... Stewart.
We'll make the playoffs. Likely as a 5-8 seed. Next year though with a lot of the youth developed. LOOK OUT!Huge Flyers fan here.... gonna be an interesting year. Liked some of the moves though. Was sad to see Richards go hes such a great 2 way player and always gave 100%. I think the locker room issues were more true than false with him. LA is gonna be a really good team this year with all of the moves they made. Plus i like Quick in goal saw him play when he was in the ECHL in Reading. Carter never really impressed me. He has a great wrist shot, But never played defense or skated hard. Talbot i like even if he did come from the Penguins. and Jagr well thats the Zherdev experiment for the year. i just hope Bryzgalov can handle the pressure from coming from Phoenix. and knowing we dumped 2 of our better players for his salary. he starts letting in bad goals he will be killed in Philly. I had season tix the last 4 years and i was on the fence about keeping them and decided not to keep them before the trades. Kinda glad i did i think this is gonna be a rebuilding year even though i still think we will make the playoffs. hope some of this young talent breaks out in the next few years. should be an interesting ride seems like this team is always making my heart skip.
yeah i agree might even make a run in the playoffs i figure some of this young talent is gonna break out sooner or later. I actually like some of the new guys better already.We'll make the playoffs. Likely as a 5-8 seed. Next year though with a lot of the youth developed. LOOK OUT!
I'm a huge Schenn fan, love Couturier, and Voracek has been someone I've liked for about 3 years now. Just from involvement in sim leagues, mocks, and redrafts.yeah i agree might even make a run in the playoffs i figure some of this young talent is gonna break out sooner or later. I actually like some of the new guys better already.
Signing Stammer can never hurt a team!i think other teams didn't want to give an offer sheet cause Yzerman said that he would match any offer sheet. so they just handcuffed the team by not letting them sign any other free agents cause they didn't know what the cap hit was gonna be for Stamkos! i personally think it hurt Tampa Bay. no one is left if they wanted to grab anyone else its to late now.