Blackhawks Waste Exceptional Delia Effort, Lose In OT

At the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday evening, the Blackhawks looked to bounce back from their Winter Classic loss. They went back to Collin Delia between the pipes, and he took another step in securing his spot in the NHL.

Dominik Kahun got the scoring started for Chicago three minutes into the game.

Kahun’s sixth of the season came with assists credited to Duncan Keith and Brandon Saad.

The 37 minutes that followed were overwhelmingly in favor of the Islanders.

Matthew Barzal scored 6:47 into the first and 18:56 into the second (a power play goal) to give the Isles a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. The game could have been a blowout by that point if not for Delia. New York out-shot Chicago 14-3 in the first period and 16-13 in the second period for a 30-16 advantage after two periods.

But Delia continued to be terrific between the pipes.

After putting up 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 15 games in December, Patrick Kane picked up where he left off after a pointless Winter Classic. When the Blackhawks got a power play early in the third period, Kane tied the game at two.

Jonathan Toews and Erik Gustafsson were credited with assists on Kane’s goal.

Duncan Keith took a penalty with 3:11 left in regulation that the Hawks did a good job of killing, but the rest of the third period beyond Kane’s goal was, again, completely in favor of the Islanders. New York had an 18-3 shot advantage in the third period, making the total shots 48-19.

But, thanks to Delia, the Hawks got a point and headed to overtime. With 44 saves in regulation, Delia’s save percentage actually dropped from .957 to .956 on the season.

Devon Toews, in his fifth NHL game, slammed home a big rebound off Delia in overtime for his first career NHL goal – a game-winner against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The final shot total was 50-21. Kane led Chicago with four shots on net. Five Chicago forwards, including Alex DeBrincat (who skated 18:30) failed to register a single shot on net.

Brent Seabrook once again led Chicago in blocked shots (four) while skating the least amount of ice time (16:41) among Hawks defensemen. Three Hawks defensemen skated more than 20 minutes in the game: Gustafsson (23:56), Carl Dahlstrom (20:53) and Connor Murphy (20:07).

Dylan Sikura was stapled to the bench in the third period and overtime. John Hayden, Brendan Perlini and Marcus Kruger all skated less than he did in the game, however.

Kane skated 23:05 and no other Chicago forward was on the ice more than Dylan Strome (19:35), who had a rough night. He was minus-two and won three of 13 faceoffs.

66 thoughts on “Blackhawks Waste Exceptional Delia Effort, Lose In OT

  1. To date, Sikura is clearly not an NHL player. Playing debrincat with him is an utter waste. Kampf as well. Kampf is a useful fourth line player. That’s it.

    As for Forsling, good grief. Hillman is far better than him, enough is enough. This is the third year of the Forsling show; when will it be cancelled? Package him in the next trade.

    Delia outstanding. Standing on his head.

  2. Tab’s headline should read, “The Men Against the Boys – and the Men Won.” Not much else needs to be said other than kudos to Delia.

  3. Coach C has got to put DeBrincat on the top line. He has to open up that bench. He is the main reason this game was so listless. Kahun is a 4th line guy. Maybe 3rd. But…c’mon.

  4. Final score is fools gold. This could have been a blowout if not for Delia. Team just doesn’t work hard enough. A bunch of largely no name islanders looked like the 70s canadiadiens against the Hawks tonight. Let’s not get sucked in by this team and hope and pray we win the jack Hughes sweepstakes.

  5. My guess is, when Cagguila gets his visa issues worked out & Jokiharju comes back from WJC, the Hawks send Forsling & Sikura back to Rockford. At least that’s what they should do – and I’d still like to see more of Hayden.

  6. Debrincat looks different-not sure if he isn’t happy with his line, but his defensive play and passing has regressed.
    I’m starting to agree with Sikura not being ready or just not good enough at this level.
    Kampf is where he should be- 3rd line center, but that line needs extra talent or Debrincat to move up.

  7. Really happy to see Kahun starting to produce as his play deserves. I remember several posts and a waved off goal or 2 for him, as well as countless tips that just havent gone in so far. The dude could easily be on pace for 20 goals and 50 points. Hopefully he breaks out now.

    Don’t understand the dissatisfaction with Kampf. He can competently play throughout the line-up. Good wheels, good on the boards, good decisions, good price. What’s the problem?

    Agree with comments on Sikura. If he is our best offensive forward in Rockford then we’ve got a big problem.

    Kudos to Delia. We need a few more feel good stories like him in 2019…

  8. The Hawks have 9 guys on their ELCs. Clearly this team as constructed is going to have some growing pains despite the NHL not being a “developmental league.”

    The entire team looked like they were skating with lead in their skates. Passes were not sharp. One on one battles were lost more often than not. Not sure if playing in Notre Dame stadium drained them or not, but guessing by their performance today, it did.

    As bad as this team looked today, one good goalie kept them in the game. This team feels like it’s 3 players away from being a serious playoff team (assuming Crow is healthy and he and Delia split games 60-40 next year.) Add a good draft pick this year, an elite free agent top 6 forward and a top pair defenseman and this team is winning the 3-2 games more often than losing them.

    All I care about for the rest of this season is seeing the kids get better. DeBrincat, Strome, Kahun, Kampf, Jokiharyu, etc… If these guys are better at years end than they are now, this team is going to be poised to do great things next year.

  9. Excellent post Miroslav. This is a developmental year. Murphy looks like a keeper. We could not say that a year ago. Dahlstrom has been excellent with the exception of the San Jose game. We could not say that a year ago.
    Strome looks like he and Kane have chemistry. Strome goes to the net and has the courage to stand there, looking to score from in close.
    Nice to see Kahun score two games in a row. Jumping from the German to the NHL is a huge step.

    Great point by Anson Carter on NBC that goalies who come up the hard way like Collin Delia, excelling at every possible level, do not want to go back once they’ve made it to the NHL. Maybe the Hawks have found their heir apparent to Corey Crawford. What a find that would turn out to be.

    I’m still looking forward to the draft and getting a top 5 pick plus July 1 and perhaps a little bit of luck with an overpayment at the trade deadline.

  10. It’s just four games, but Delia comes in here and immediately plays at top of the league. Am trying not to get too excited, but am getting excited.

    Give young Kahun more time. Is showing improvement.

    Strome is young, but he has holes in his game which must be corrected. Assuming his speed can’t be improved, he must get better at the dot, stronger on the puck, and improve his checking. Mostly gets out-muscled and as soon as he gets the puck he passes it like a hot potato. Positives: good passer, decent shot, and positions himself well around the net.

  11. My first comments: I’ve seen enough of Delia to know he’s our goalie moving forward. Kahun is very talented. Kampf is solid. Could be our future 4th line center. Sikura is skilled but is missing a gear. Fortin was at least a threat with his speed. Caluggia will replace Sikura. Would love to see Panarin back & put with Strome and Kane. Cat is terrific but has bad games at times He’s young. Keith gets in trouble when he tries to play the same as he used to. He’s limited now. Seabs at least knows what he’s got left & plays to it. Murphy is darn good. Dahlstrom’s a keeper. Forsling has some tools but can’t get it done but still young. Gus is very talented.

  12. Toronto is looking for a goalie. Wonderful. You trade Crow for a high draft pick or two and move on. Toronto needs a proven, playoff tested goalie and that goalie is Crow. When this Hawk team is a contender, again, Crow will be 36-37 years old. Let him go and get another Cup, just make sure that you get top value in return.

    Let’s see if Delia is the real deal. Crow is what Toronto needs to get a Cup.

  13. Want to clarify position on Kampf, Kat and Kahun-
    Kampf has been a gift from the Gods but isn’t a top 6-when you get settled you want your top 6 to be difference makers and there are only so many spots (6).
    Kampf is a great bottom 6 forward-perfect actually and can move in/up when needed due to injuries.
    D-Cat is a top 6 guy, not third line-that is the kind of talent he has. Strome as a third overall pick was projected and drafted to play top 6-love some of what I see and hope that pans out. Kahun is very borderline for top 6 and might be part of a great third line? Sikura either plays top 6 or nothing and I’m thinking it could be nothing-in a long list of promising NCAA players who can’t make the transition.
    If 19, 20 and 88 are half your top 6 there will eventually only be so many spots open-(and if they get a Panarin type talent you have 2 spots open)
    it’s important to find that level of top 6 player and then cut off the excess fat that just doesn’t do it.

  14. Forsling has to go . My favorite player is Kane but he needs to play a little defense he floats way to much lately when he is out there it’s like we are short handed at times. I know many may not like that comment butit’s what I see . Hope they get their legs back look like they are stuck in the mud for 2 games now. GO HAWKS

  15. If I could say just one thing to Hayden it would be check, check, hit every time you’re on the ice. A player with heart but little skill, needs to play physical every shift and know what his job is. With a short sample really like what I see with Delia, just might be what we’ve been looking for.

  16. After being dominated there are usually quite a few things/players to point to for explanations. Such is the case last night. Two of those things were the 4th line play of the Islanders and the play of Forsling.

    The Islanders’ 4th line slapped the Hawks around last night and the Hawks couldn’t do anything about it. Their forecheck withered the Hawks – men against boys.

    Forsling reminds me of a left handed Rutta. They both have ability and know their way around the o-zone with competency – but they both have the same problem in the d-zone which is freeze when they know contact is coming. They often beat the opponent to the puck but instead of moving the puck immediately they freeze and brace for contact. That would be fine if they could hold their own in the physical confrontation but more times than not they don’t and consequently either lose possession or don’t make an effective play.

    Sikura has been a disappointment for those of us who were optimistic he would be able to play at this level. He’s not an 18/19 year old rookie who will fill out physically – he’s a 23 year old who should be at the top of his physical abilities. Maybe he is a late bloomer and the offensive skills he has will eventually carry him in the NHL but right now he offers very little to team success. He is not a dynamic skater and therefore is more of a complementary player on a line with other talented players so maybe he’ll find a niche but unless JC wants to try him with Toews/Saad on the 1st line – he should be sent back to Rockford to open a spot for another player to get a shot.

    Delia – keeping fingers crossed he is the real deal.

  17. Prospects
    Beaudin 1g 2a game star
    Late Wed. Hagel 1g 1a shootout 1g and game star.

    Delia definitely the highlight, 20, 19 24 played well only line with more shots for than against, doing it with mostly neutral and defensive zone starts too boot.
    2nd and 3rd line negative shot differential
    alarming, especially 2nd with high number of offensive starts. Not big on pushing corsi on small sample but last night was telling. Growing pains i guess but hopefully something that rebounds.

  18. We deserve for Delia to be the next awesome goalie for us, after the crap Crow has had to go through to get back, twice now.

    Only thing is, he might do to good and knock us out of a chance at a top 3 % pick, maybe even top 10 pick. We need that top 3 % pick.

  19. Martinsen on waivers today likely sent down. Defensman to go when Jokiharju returns. Davidson cleared waivers so would think he be the choice. Keep for weekend as insurance.

  20. Gotta wonder if Martinsen and Davidson are sent down, if this time of year having players they want to trade on roster is an incentive. Players like Forsling and Sikura ,possibly Kahun or Perlini too maybe are being showcased as trade bait as the deadline is only a couple of months away.
    Wouldn’t rule out a bigger name(s) moving either.

  21. It’s seems paradoxical to be pleased with Martinsen on waivers after commenting on the way the Hawks were manhandled by the Islanders’ 4th line last night. The reason I’m pleased with this move is I think the Hawks need to determine the identity they want to become and stick with a plan to get there. A team of disparate parts is not helping that endeavor. Martinsen would work if there were 2 other guys that could play the forechecking role like the Islanders 4th line did but the Hawks don’t have that. Hayden is kinda but not consistent and there is no one else on the roster.

    In the big picture there has been some positive steps taken. Whether it’s cleaning up past mistakes or not, offloading players that do not project to be part of the team the Hawks want to become is a good step. There is more work to do but one step at a time is progress.

  22. Sikura was playing college hockey last year. Not sure why anyone realistically thought he was going to have an impact right away.

    Kahun has looked good lately. Has the skill set just a little slow to adjust the NA ice size. Not sure why he is a problem.

    Its a bad/inexperienced group. Moving one guy or another not going to fix. Gonna take time probably 2 or 3 more years of this fwiw.

  23. Good point.

    If it does take longer then next yr/satrt of season 21 to get deep/enough to play with top teams in playoffs then we better get another top 5 skill next yr as well.

    Then season 21 were deep again and have lots of young guys who only have 1/2/3 yrs experience. 19/88 will be good for long time, not worried about them. Theyll be around for a good amount of yrs when were deep again.

    Unless it takes the rookies/2nd yr players longer to get established, I do not see how we even get a top 10 pick next yr. With adding a top 6 FW in summer/72 or other and the Four Horsemen starting to be NHL ready, it seems like it will come fast. These yrs now, last yr this yr and however much of next yr will seem like forever.

    Top 5 team or top 5 skill. Tank dive dive dive dive.

  24. MIROSLAV/NIGRELLI, thats why I think were going to be just to dang good, starting next season to even get a top 5 skill pick. I would take it because were goinf to be good next yr but not good enough to beat the top teams in playoffs. Starting the yr after next I think were back/top 5 team only getting better each yr with such a young wave.

    Its ok that we have not that many good prospects in Rockford. We have loads in juniors that are going to be really good.
    The gap is from having a dynasty and trading high picks for stacking roster at deadline.
    Now were getting those deadline picks back along with pure top 5 skill picks and adding a 72/81 and 4 back to roster. Then were on our way.

  25. Cant wait, 2 yrs, to see 19 and 88 flying around again with 4 lines and a very deep Defensemen group with Delia? It makes a huge difference when we have 4 quality lines, then were going to see some serious shit from Kaner again and he ll be having lots of fun again, with attitude.

    Its coming
    2021
    Swagger.

  26. LA 7
    CHI 7
    OTT 6
    PHI 5
    DET 5
    ARI 4
    NWJ 2
    STL 2

    OTT and DET have lost 6 in a row, so they will get a couple/few automatic wins just because.
    DET plays a harder sch right now, so they could be in 1st pick place at 10 under .500 in a wk, where OTT plays teams they can beat and four games agasint other bottom teams where one of the two teams will get free wins agaainst each other, so OTT could back away for a while.
    LA, in a few games has a few agasint bottom teams, so they could stay around 678 for a little while.

    If any of the bottom teams has a stretch like we did, and some top 10/good teams are having BUF/COL/ANA, they could get so far ahead no one will catch them.
    Hopefully our record is bad enough we sill there for a top3 % pick. I am sure we can get a top 5 skill/like last yr with a 7-10 pick if were lucky again.

    Draft/World Juniors we have a lot of good ones/deadline add picks/ufa. We have a lot of good fun coming and get excited about because looking at someof these World Junior players, Boqvist Kurashev, another top 5 skill and elite ufa FW were not imagining these players being good.

  27. Reg, u can’t trade Craw while he’s got a concussion. In all due respect to his greatness..He’s worthless at this point. He might never suit up again. I’m down on Forsling too but D men take longer to develop. He has talent. I still think Kahun is very talented. Big jump from Germany to the NHL and he’s doing it pretty good.

  28. When trading you got to look at where there is extra bodies and who brings a return, plus replace ability. Gus and Forsling are somebody who could bring a return and with Boqvist, Beaudin abd Mitchell in the wings he could be replaced.
    If Cagguila works out and Strome is staying with Kane, high draft pick and maybe a big fa signing combined with some prospects pushing for spot, a logjam at forward could happen so may be movement there. Anisimov and maybe Saad possible too.
    Agree at this point Crawford not a trade option for a few reasons, health void to ve filled will to do it, ditto for rest of core on that too.

  29. Kahun is a 3rd line player, perhaps Drake C plays 1st line and kahun moves down ? Or Kahun and Drake C play 3rd line with kampf and Cat moves back to first ? Who knows. Colliton uses his line blender as much as Q did. Sikura needs more time in the AHL……but please bring up Raddysh, and send down Forsling……please !!

  30. All NHL coaches use the line blender (it’s the way coaches run their benches now) – even the McKinnon line got broken up for a while in the CHI/COL game.

    Been stumping for DCat to 1st line for a while now. Drake and Kahun on 3rd and Sikura back to RKF although if they’re waiving Martinsen maybe they’re keeping Sikura and Caggiula both for the moment

    Need to improve the PK

    Delia is the goalie of the future IMO

  31. Will get stoaked if we already found our next goalie.
    We know the other pieces are coming.

    Every player needs more time to get a chance/enough time not just to develop more, also to see whos good or not in Blackhawks new system for the next so many yr.

  32. Tony Zaitz, I disagree with what you expect from Kane in the D zone. He is not big and can get hurt blocking shots and going into corners. He also has improved his D more recently. As the most valuable asset on the team, better for him to wait for the puck and be off to the races. No one can skate, stick-handle, and set up plays like him. Let him play to his strengths.

  33. DP 64-agree lets see, before the top end prospects get here in next year or two, what Raddysh can do. I think he could really hold his own and if needed be a chip.
    He’s 22, soon to be 23 and now has 100 AHL games. My bet is some of offensive skills are showing.

  34. Kurashev, again.
    Most goals scored in tournament.

    Buckaroo has 2 goals 4 points.
    Each D guy did good.

  35. Why do they keep saying 71 was a 4th round pick. I thought he was 3rd round.
    Whatever, what a trade for that cheap shot on Krugs bastard. He lost all good credit with that, no matter if hes on the line player. 65 didnt ever cheap shot any of our guys just clean hits.

    What a trade.

  36. I guess it was a 27th pick in 4th round. Could be huge steal.

    Funny Shalunov was a 4th round pick as well. He could be some power size FW.

  37. Delia is the real deal. Crawford may not be back i like kahun hes 2nd or line at worst. At least the hawks are getting leads 50 shots is far too many no doubt. They still look better than a few weeks ago. Dcat has gotta be 2nd line or higher or hes out of place. Gotta remember islanders have had a good season this year. They are no push overs. Hawks are still losing but look more respectable.

  38. 4 notes after this game that need to be changed to get back to the playoffs….

    1. TRADE FOR A DEFENSMAN
    I was excited to see the Rutta, Forsling paring this year since Rutta was no longer concussed and Forsling had a year of playing AHL playoff Hockey in Rockford. Forsling also has the advantage of having Colliton instead of Q as coach and no Q doghouse. I now understand the Q dog house more and why players were placed in it. Q was always trying to put a champion out there, is Forsling & Rutta Championship players???
    The results are in and Rutta is done….Forsling yet again in the middle of the year is regressing and not playing an efficient game of get the puck and get it out or doing anything to stop players scoring in front of the net. The last couple games his stick, checking, gap, etc have been bad. I’m ready to move on from these two players. Everyone says Forsling is young but he has had 3 long stints in the NHL and his contract is up this year. I doubt they will sign him even though he has been given plenty of ice time to prove himself….The Rutta singing even makes less sense at this point of 2 million. So why not save 2+ million and move on from these two guys I doubt they are the future of this team….BOWMAN TRADE FOR A DEFENSMAN NOW!!!!

    2. Delia is the future, Crawford come back and we will at least have a solid goal tending pair. The interesting thing is Crawfords contract is up in 2 years and Delias is up in a year. So another pitfall for Bowman to navigate….

    3. TRADE FOR A FOWARD FOR TOP TWO LINES(PANARIN)
    Seen enough of Sikura, rather seen Martinsen or Hayden. Sikura needs some seasoning, not alot going on with that kid, he just looks lost out there. This is back to that QA mantra of playing championship players…. I have no problem playing championship rookie players, but players that skate and circles and look lost is another thing. SIGN PANARIN NOW!!!!! Who in Rockford do we have that can shoot on the PowerPlay and be a Dynamic Force. We are midway through the season Anismov and Saad account for a woping 18 goals at 10.5 million a year…..

    4. Bowman…..Will he be fired and can we find a guy to make some hard decisions and no longer give out long extended contracts and keep talent instead of trading it away. Or will Bowman start making trades cut some dead weight and move on from where we are at, get draft picks, players etc. If you want to talk about three players of the future 2 years ago it was Panarin, Schmaltz, Debrincat. Two of those players are now gone… We did get Strome and he is definitely looking like the future for this team. Do we trust Bowman to keep making good trades for the future and build this team or are we out of the playoffs for the forceable future? One thing that is interesting about the Contracts is the longest contract being Seabrook is the worst and the shortest contract with Crawford which is up soon is probably the best money spent the years he was signed. Last couple have been rough but we have really seen what this team is like without Crawford…..

  39. The next 10 games will be the critical measuring stick for management. If the team loses 7 of 10, then drastic changes need to be made. But before then Forsling needs to be returned to RFD, this will either wake him up, or prove that he will never be an NHL dman. Sikura is also not ready/capable of playing. Send him down to RFD. Switch DeBrincat to 2nd line with Kane & Strome. Saad needs to be a healthy scratch to get him refocused .When Cagguila arrives start him on third line with Anisimov & Hayden. All the rest can be 4th line fill ins. SB needs to shop his chips for possible veteran, and or draft choices, but save whatever it takes to get Panarin back. Also, a quality goaltender will be needed to be secured for next year as well. Crow will not return as capable as he was before his concussions.

  40. Prospects wjc
    Jokiharju 1g
    Kurashev 1g
    Jookiharju vs Barrett in gold gamre
    Kurashev in bronze game
    Hagel still on ice

    Chl
    Gravel 31 saves win game star.
    Beaudin 3a game star
    Gravel Q league goalie of month
    Ryczek Q league defenseman of month

    Ncaa
    Mitchell 2a
    Foo 1g

  41. Mitchell just score CAN 1-0 goal the other day, that was fast getting back to college. Wonder which guys will be NHL ready at start of 20 season of the Four Horsemen.

    15 is already here and when people thought he wasnt ready yet, bang hes that good. Which means, prob, 27 at start and Mitch & Beau for the 2nd 40 games. or Do you think Mitch & Beau get a yr in Rockford and get some/10 games.

    Can Kurashev step in and play like Kahun did. You add some skill to the 3rd line and elite FW 72/other to 2nd line, then the 3rd line doesnt look so lonely with 12 there.
    64 is future 4th line center, checking line center with speed a grit.

    Whens Shalunov ready/available. How about 12/Kura/Shal 3rd line.

  42. Prospects late.
    Ramsey 1g ncaa
    Hagel 1a chl
    Hakkarainen 1a ushl.

    Mo Mitchell, Boqvist and Beaudin will all get a shot to make roster out if camp next year. Any of them can go to Rockford for awhile, Boqvist could be sent to London if tgey want to or Mitchell still has Ncaa eligibility if he wishes. Pretty well all prospects in system could be ready by 20-21 season at some point if they can help.

  43. Entwistle traded from 8th place in east conf Hamilton to 4th Guelph 4th place w3st conf. Be on a playoff team now.

  44. Makes sense. After two yrs in college unless hes diplomas himself I think Mitch is in. They really are to good to stay any longer there, to get much more then they already have. I guessing the rest of the Horsemen are in Rockford start of 20 season and get 9-40/82 games depending.

  45. Mo how much do you think Delia a rfa at seasons end commands right now. Hope Bowman is working on signing him to an extension sooner than later.

  46. Not sure. It has to be done like 8 was though, cant just give a guy around 6 because hes a similiar player to some red coat.
    I would go with bridge type caphits for these players, until or they prove playoff long winning like 20 did (and he still prob wouldhave to stay then but hes back where he wants to be. In CHI).

    Bridges were what 1-2.5 back in 2010, so what evers equivalent in 2020. Prob 1.5-2.5/2.75 is range. We havnt done bridge in a while (20 skipped right over it and others left) though we ll be getting good practice at it for the lots of good elc players we have coming.

    3m caphit is what Ward got, so thats close enough to bridge range. He needs to do what Nemo and Crow did to get to 6, so start at 2-3 for 2yrs and work up. I get excited he could be good/the goalie for future.
    2.5 at 2 yrs.

  47. This is what Wall has always been talking about load up D and deep 4 lines and have goalie at 2-4 not 6+ and here we are at the Wall. Loading up just like 2009 all over again.

  48. Delia ufa in summer of 21 so if he is still looking like a top goalie be time to pay big time then. Do you gamble for a little less now and pat later or a pay little more now and get term and hope to save in later years like Crawford. Teams pay sooner or later or gamble on unproven which is usually not successful.

  49. Even though we have a lot of elc getting bridges, considering how good our wave of blue chip players are. It is a way. I would go by bridge because at some point if Crows not on 23man and 7 is traded for cap reason, there s 6 and 7 right there. Thats four or more bridge cap hits right there/or 2/3 good players caphits.

    I donot believe a word of this, cycle, word babble. Some teams just get lucky like when league is watered down.

    What I do think is the older half of core and every extra ufa caphit we have now, wont be here when we have those elcs to bridge to prime caphits of the young wave. So I think it will pretty much just fit in.

    I would be fine with overpaying Delia like 4m caphit for more yrs, then he would get what he would anyways, so it would allow a couple more yrs of cap space/which would go up in those yrs-more even, but get threw those couple yrs with being able to use it/stack that roster.

  50. The Ottawa Hamburglar. 43-26 and 13 ties in 2014-15. Andrew Hammond. How many people can claim to know where he is playing now without looking it up?

    Delia is doing one heck of a job behind a defense that is anything but good. But please don’t go giving him the Vezina for next year until we see a larger body of work. I’m a fan, a very hopeful fan of his game. Love his poise and competitive spirit. Needs work on stick handling. Rebound control is acceptable for this stage in his career. We may have a keeper here! He is going to need patience from us at some point. Remember when the league figured out Crow’s soft glove, or when they kept firing the puck at him on the goal line (hint: look up game winning goals – overtime too – scored against him in the Phoenix playoff series).

    Not trying to sound like a buzz-killer here. He is clearly the bright spot of the season so far. I will remain very hopeful, but also patient.

  51. I am going with Crows coming back again and be just as good as he was before getting hurt, again just like he did this yr.

    Delia could be good, not banking on it. That way what ever happens, we ll act accordingly.

    Both goalies could be good and ready for next yr.

  52. Watched Swiss Russia game. Kurashev no points but looked impressive on offense, his one timer ability definitely could be an asset. Learn to play defense responsibly could be a finisher on Kane type set ups.

    Agree on Delia too early to say he is the real deal but he does need extended, was talking more in terms of offseason if he impresses rest of year.

  53. Delia to me looks like he could be special. We need him to be our future. You can’t go anywhere without a top goalie. He needs to play as much as possible now! We need to find out. In all due respect to Ward, where’s it going with him. As for Craw it is what it is. The fact is he may never play again. Two severe concussions in back to back years may just cause him to retire.

  54. Sure. Playing Ward half the games will help for the top 3 % pick. Even though Ward has played good Delia could be really good, so just keep playing Delia at a normal clip and split the games 50/50 so we lose enough to have a chance at top 3 % pick or this yr is a waste.

    Getting a top player like that makes the reload worth while and we ll get rewarded even more in a couple yrs.

    OTT isfing terrible, donot even know if LA could catch them.

    OTT 8
    CHI 7
    LA 6
    PHI 5
    DET 5

  55. It seems like CHI, LA and other have ok rosters just off. Where OTT DET NWJ and PHI are terrible and they might get so far ahead.

    You can forget Hughes hes a lock for OTT now.

  56. No the important thing is to find out about Delia. Period.
    I’m reeling over the Bears loss as it is and now turn on the Hawks already down 2-0 with Ward!

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