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Conn Smythe Cap Hit

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2010 by davepoleck

It was bad enough that Jonathan Toews even won the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP when he only had three assists in the Stanley Cup Final (stepping back a bit he only had two even strength goals all postseason!!); now a report has come out saying that because he won the award, he receives a $1.3 million bonus that will count against Chicago’s cap next season.

This is the same Chicago team who was already paying out $57.5 million to only 14 players in the 2010-11 season. Andrew Ladd will be gone regardless, but if they can’t find a way to either bury or buyout Huet, then it probably also means the end of two of Patrick Sharp, Dustin Byfuglien or Kris Versteeg.

Hawks’ Future

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on June 2, 2010 by davepoleck

Two of the guys in the picture are going to cause the other two to find a new team next year.

Even though the Blackhawks are two wins away from winning their first Stanley Cup in almost 50 years, I still can’t help but think about what could have been if they had never dished out the money to Brian Campbell, Cristobal Huet and Marian Hossa.

$20 million goes to those three players alone! Huet isn’t playing, Campbell hasn’t been as effective since Keith’s emergence and while Marian Hossa has picked it up, is he really worth more than your two younger star forwards and the flexibility of your team in the future?

Their cap total next year is already at $57.5 million with only 14 players signed. That is without UFAs John Madden and Adam Burish and RFAs Andrew Ladd, Niklas Hjalmarsson and potential Stanley Cup winning goalie, Antii Niemi.

Maybe without these three they wouldn’t be in the position they would be now, but it is likely going to cost them at least two of Patrick Sharp, Dustin Byfuglien or Kris Versteeg over the offseason. Plus they will be right up against the cap for the next few years.

Chicago vs Philadelphia

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2010 by davepoleck

So there you have it. Chicago vs Philadelphia. Toews vs Richards. Niemi vs Leighton. 47 years vs 33 years. Pronger vs Byfuglien. Should be absolutely great!

Game 1 Saturday, May 29 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC

Game 2 Monday, May 31 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC

Game 3 Wednesday, June 2 at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m. ET VERSUS, CBC, RDS

Game 4 Friday, June 4 at Philadelphia 7;30 p.m. ET VERSUS, CBC, RDS

*Game 5 Sunday, June 6 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC, RDS

*Game 6 Wednesday, June 9 at Philadelphia 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC, RDS

*Game 7 Friday, June 11 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC, RDS

*if necessary

Round 3 Predictions

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2010 by davepoleck

Alright I’m getting back on track after a busy weekend. For  the record, I would have picked Philly for Game 7 Friday night. Also for the record, I went 0-4 in my second picks, after going 6 for 8 in round 1. Oh well….I’m keeping this short…

Chicago Blackhawks vs San Jose Sharks

Too many fast forwards for the Sharks’ slower defense I think. I know Chicago had its’ issues earlier in the playoffs, but they are rolling now after lighting up Luongo. The second coming of Christ, Joe Pavelski, also slowed way down in the late stages of Round 2, so his nine goals may just have been a slight aberration.

Prediction: Chicago in six

Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers

Who would have thought? The seventh seed vs the eighth seed, winner getting a one way trip to a Stanley Cup Final loss. One team beat the two best teams in the East, the other just came back from a 3-0 series deficit to make history. At the beginning of the season, I picked the Flyers to win the Cup….

Prediction: Philly in seven

Stanley Cup Streaks That Could End

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on May 11, 2010 by davepoleck

Of all of the teams left in the Playoffs, the team I would like to see lose the most is the Pittsburgh Penguins. The reason is probably similar to the one I heard from every Detroit hater that I know, they had their year last year. I also don’t think I would be able to take the NHL marketing division going absolutely nuts with two straight Cups for Pittsburgh. He is already shoved down our throats enough; while most of it is deserved, there is a point where it has to stop.

If the Habs do manage to win tomorrow’s hopefully classic Game 7, it will guarantee that there will be pretty lengthy Stanley Cup drought coming to an end:

  • Montreal Canadiens: 1993-94 – 15 seasons
  • Philadelphia Flyers: 1974-75 – 33 seasons
  • Boston Bruins: 1971-71 – 36 seasons
  • Vancouver Canucks: Haven’t won in 38 seasons in the NHL
  • Chicago Blackhawks: 1960-61 – 47 seasons

Sorry Leafs’ fans, you may consider yourselves the most tortured fanbase in the League, but Hawks’ fans have been waiting almost 50 years to see another Cup come to Chicago. They may have made it to the Finals five times over that span, but argument is that it is definitely more painful to be expected to win and lose, then to be expected to suck…..and suck.

1st Playoff Road Win….ever

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , on April 16, 2010 by davepoleck

The Preds 4-1 win over the Hawks tonight was their first road playoff win in team history!! In the four series they had been in prior to this, all of their six wins came in Nashville. I didn’t really watch all of the game because for the first half there were two other great games on, and then the Wings’ game started (which I wish I wasn’t watching). All I know is that they were down 1-0 going into the 3rd, then Dumont scored two (one being extremely weak) and then two empty netters. Congrats to Nashville. Maybe now they will get some recognition.

Just saw some highlights, Rinne made a HUGE save on a breakaway by Sharp in the 1st. The first Dumont goal was absolutely terrible. I wonder how short the leash is on Niemi?

Oink!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 7, 2010 by davepoleck

Hahaha….this is a mural that can be seen from the Eisenhower Expwy in Chicago. Their plan was to switch the player on it every few weeks in the playoffs, but the negative feedback has made them just whitewash Piggy Toews.

Got the story over at Puck Daddy! http://bit.ly/aavtYr

Snowy at Work

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , on March 3, 2010 by davepoleck

Rumours abound that the Islanders might consider taking on Cristobal Huet’s massive $5.625 million contract because they need to stay at the cap floor. This would obviously mean one of Roloson or Biron going the other way. Interesting…

Trade Mania has begun Early

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2010 by davepoleck

So the weekend saw two semi big trades involving JS Giguere and Dion Phaneuf; Monday night saw another semi big trade because it involved Olli Jokinen; and now today there are multiple rumours of more bodies being on the move. Michael Ryder is on the block in Boston, Brendan Witt has been waived on the Island, and Ethan Moreau’s name has popped up as another potential exile from Edmonton.

The big story out today is that Don Waddell met with Ilya Kovalchuk to tell him to expect a trade within the coming days. Sources say that five teams are in the mix: Chicago, Boston, LA, New York and an unknown team. My guess is Colorado. With that said, here are the deals that I think would have to be put together for Ilya to go to any of these teams: Continue reading

The Hossa Curse

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , on December 7, 2009 by davepoleck

Since Marian Hossa made his debut with the Chicago Blackhawks, they have went 3-3, beating teams like San Jose and Pitrsburgh, but losing to the like of Anaheim, LA and Nashville. Prior to his return, the Hawks had put together an six game winning streak. But a streak like that is bound to end in a League with such parity right? Continue reading