Evander Kane: The Blackhawks Must Pursue Unhappy Jet

Reports on Saturday are that Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane doesn’t want to negotiate an extension with the team, and may become available this week before the 2012 NHL Draft.

If that’s the case, the Chicago Blackhawks should be on the phone with an old friend to make a deal happen.

Kane, who doesn’t turn 21 until early August, was the fourth overall pick in 2009 and his entry-level contract has expired. He is a restricted free agent this summer.

He is the ideal player for the Blackhawks to pursue, and sign to a multi-year deal.

After being selected by the then-Atlanta Thrashers, Kane made the jump straight to the NHL as a teenager and hasn’t looked back since. In three seasons in the NHL (213 games), Kane has posted 63 goals and 63 assists with 183 penalty minutes. In 2011-12, he scored 30 goals in 74 games.

It gets better: Kane is a left wing who hits people.

It’s no secret that the Blackhawks haven’t acquired a special player via trade since they won the Stanley Cup; the best NHL player added by Stan Bowman in a trade to date is probably Viktor Stalberg.

In fact, since the post-Cup summer selloff of 2010 ended, Bowman has made nine trades. Of those nine, four have been with a former Hawks employee; three have been with Dale Tallon in Florida, and one was with Kevin Cheveldayoff in Winnipeg.

The same Kevin Cheveldayoff that is now dealing with Kane.

It’s understandable that Bowman believes in the group of prospects that he’s worked hard to build in the Hawks’ organization. Most analysts consider the Hawks to have one of the better groups of prospects in the NHL. And maintaining a young core is a good cornerstone for sustained competitiveness in the league today.

But consider that Kane is almost two years younger than Jimmy Hayes. And is 20 months younger than Kyle Beach. And has a 30-goal NHL season on his resume. Andrew Shaw, who was an impact rookie for the Hawks last year, is less than two weeks older than Kane.

The Hawks have shown some affection for the 2009 Draft recently. Their own first round pick from that season, Dylan Olsen (28th overall), made his NHL debut this season and has 28 games on his resume now. Nick Leddy was the 16th overall pick in that draft by Minnesota, and has played 128 games for the Hawks.

Bowman has also acquired the rights to the 27th overall pick from the 2009 Draft, Philippe Paradis, and the 45th overall selection, Jeremy Morin. Chicago’s second round pick from 2009, Brandon Pirri (59th overall), has played six NHL games as well. In the fifth round that year, the Hawks selected Marcus Kruger.

So why not add another player from that draft class to the roster? Especially when only two other players from that year, John Tavares and Matt Duchene, have score more goals in the NHL than Kane.

Kane’s NHL salary the last three years was $900,000, but his cap hit was $3.1M. After a season in which he scored 30 goals and added 173 hits, he is looking at a significant pay day. With at least one NHL deal heading back to Winnipeg in any deal to acquire Kane, the Hawks have ample cap space to fit a 21-year-old power forward for the next few seasons.

There’s also one other critical reality to consider: the Jets have holes the Blackhawks could help them fill quickly.

Because of Kane’s age, experience and success, the Blackhawks shouldn’t have any problem parting ways with a couple of their “valuable” prospects if they could land a young player that could be part of their core moving forward.

It’s only been four months since the Hawks and Jets last did business, when Bowman sent a second and third round pick to Winnipeg for Johnny Oduya. Hopefully he remembers Cheveldayoff’s phone number, and gives him a call this week before the draft begins to discuss adding a second Kane to the Blackhawks roster.

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64 Responses to Evander Kane: The Blackhawks Must Pursue Unhappy Jet

  1. Travis says:

    Excellent, concise, reasoned argument… but how much cap space would you be willing to allocate? $3-4 million per season or so?

  2. Tim says:

    This would be awesome if this happend. one question though……….CAN CHICAGO HANDLE TWO KANES?

  3. Tim M. says:

    At first glance of the article, I was a bit worried. I thought maybe PATRICK Kane had gone back up to Madison, got in a frat house fight, and got his ear bit off.

  4. Dave says:

    How is it proposed the Hawks get him?

  5. Tim M. says:

    In all seriousness, I hope that if Bowman were to go after E. Kane, that he would thoroughly investigate the issues that may just be rumours……bad attitude on the ice, inability to get along with coaches, bad behavior and public personna off the ice. Wouldn’t want to add conflict into the locker room, on the ice, and off the ice.

  6. Brad Stevenson says:

    With your expertise Tab, what do you think a deal for Evander Kane would look like…in your opinion, what does it take to get access to his rights…he doesn’t want to resign in Winnipeg, so the Jets need to get something for him, but because he has put the Jets in a pickle, they can’t ask the world…so again, what does it take?

    2012 2nd round pick
    2013 1st round pick
    Brandon Pirri
    Michael Frolik

    Too much? Too little?

  7. Brad Stevenson says:

    Evander Kane had 30 goals, 27 assists, was +11 and 6 PP goals…

    As Tab said, he is 20, and likes to hit people…this is EXACTLY the kind of player the Hawks need to add…and giving up prospects is about all the Jets can hope to get, and if they turn out for them, great, we already have a proven player at 21…

    Its a no brainer…

  8. Dickie Dunn says:

    Full speed ahead!!

    (The Orioles did OK with two Robinsons….)

  9. kent says:

    Maybe throw in Bickel for Tanner Glass rights, he is big as well. Do not know his game at all, but if he gets to the boards better and more often than Bick this could be a real good deal. Thing about Bick 2 years ago he had 17 goals 20 asst. Now that he is in contract year which guy shows up ? Tanner would be about 1 mill and take up more cap space. TIM is right on E. Kanes attitude can we afford a MASON [ Columbus goalie] story in this publicity hub? It is not like we have Phil Jackson behind the bench to stoke egoes when needed.

  10. kent says:

    Hey Dickie I think your 2 birds in a bush is better than a Bick [kick] in the head. Those 2 robins where sang wounderfully together. If the deal goes down I hope we can get as sweet deal as that. Or will it be a double Kaneing like you get in China?

  11. Dickie Dunn says:

    …and, some respect for Bowman *if* he’s able to get them to take Folik and/or Bickell in the deal.

    How ’bout the Hjalmarsson-for-Zack Smith rumor spewed on the hockeybuzz/jj blog? (works only if the Hawks add a defenseman?)

  12. Logan Reilly says:

    Yea, okay, but he better not ask to wear Bobby Hull’s number 9 here too if thats the case.

  13. Dickie Dunn says:

    …I think #9 was retired after Tallon.

  14. kent says:

    Just read an article on E. Kane on the hockey writers.com “Magical 4th year” in the top ten lists on subject bar page 2. Saying with better players he would score 36 this comming year. Back that up with GRIT in his play we could have a winner. About Z. Smith can`t see him @ # 2 so 3/4 center would be redundant. Bolly might be pushed to #2 or delt. Delt would be needed if E. Kane and Suter where possible. Pushing Kruger to #2. Hammer Bolly FRO & BIC with a couple picks. Then add some Smith[or like him] E. Kane and alot of Suter would be a recipe I believe we can get fired up about. But dreaming doesn`t get it done. Sounds easy until you throw in someone you don`t want to get rid of or they don`t like what your are offering.

  15. Brad Stevenson says:

    I talked to a very good friend in Winnipeg last night, a Jet’s season ticket holder, and told me that if Evander Kane is available, the Hawks should give whatever they can to land him…that he is an absolute force on the ice, every shift…he said that paired with Jonathan Toews would be huge, as Kane knocks bodies off the puck and creates turnovers…and he could see a healthy Toews scoring 40+ goals with a line mate like Evander Kane, a line mate who actually brings something to the table…

    He said that Kane is a great all round player and a high character guy who wants to win…the more I think about this possibility, the more I believe that no prospect in Chicago is untouchable to make this move.

  16. jj says:

    Tab, you are correct. Mortgage the farm for this kid if you have to. He is big, tough, not made of glass and will be an NHL power forward stud for years to come.

    I would take him over Parise at this point. But that could be the problem as other teams who cannot be in the Parise sweeps will be drooling over this kid.

    And the overriding factor: Will Bowman (ever) have the stomach to commit a high price for an off-season acquisition?

  17. Norman Baron says:

    We still need that defenseman who can shoot like Sutor or Weber

    We have tons of talent but need bigger wingers who can free the puck up

    I still feel Crawford is not our man since he is on again and off again. Head case

    Red Baron

  18. kent says:

    BRAD Thanks for info on E. Kane. Did your friend say what the needs of the Jets where? Your June 17 post to get him looks good. If they needed alittle more would the rights to B. Smith do it, no one seems to add him in anywhere I read.

  19. Phil says:

    You have to give to get. I like the idea though as one of our needs is a winger who can play both ways, and hit with consistency. We also need a another dman who can dish it out and can support the PP. We have to many finesse guys on the back line. Get er done!

  20. Colin says:

    I’m from winnipeg and I’m a huge Jets fan. While i don’t like the idea of our free agents just getting up and leaving, evander kane would be a good one to get rid of. He isn’t a character guy at all. He has a very bad attitude and he’s always out clubbing and generally ruining his reputation with every day that passes. He isn’t well rounded, he just has stats that make you think that. He doesn’t play defense, and he only has one move offensively and whines a lot. If he was really so good, how come he got so little ice time on a team that needs a goal scorer? If Chicago wants him, you’re welcome to have him. You’ll grow tired of him soon enough. But I do think the price for Evander Kane would be steep.

  21. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    Perfect move and exactly the type of player the Hawks need! Kane and Kane line, now who centers it? That should clearly excite the fan base. Time for the Hawks to get the better of the Jets in a trade for once!

  22. Logan Reilly says:

    Colin,

    Thanks for the input. I like his talent muchly but yea…I’ve heard the attitude problem a couple times this season. I wasn’t sure if it was him or Claude Noel rubbing him the wrong way. Noel seems kind of abrasive. Not just to him either. His asking for Bobby Hull’s number in Winnipeg bugs me too. You just don’t do that.

  23. AJ says:

    Hey Tab,
    This is my post and I just wanted to say I am very impressed with the up to date news.
    But on this subject I would not mind making a run at Kane and Staal as well. This is my hawks fantasy O line up.
    Kane Toews Stalberg
    Hossa Staal Kane
    Hayes Kruger Bick
    Carbomb Mayars Bollig
    I like this line up due to the size/physical play, not to mention the ability to put the puck in the net.We would have to trade Sharp, Bolly, few other prospects/picks, but it would be a awesome offense in my eyes.

  24. AJ says:

    Correction: *First post. And I did not mention Fro would be gone as well chances are in one of the two deals.

  25. Biggs says:

    Bring it on> Great get if you can!

  26. Tab Bamford says:

    For those that love the guy and ask for him on here, Barret Jackman signed a three-year extension w/ St Louis on Monday ($3.166M cap hit). Also, Brad Stuart signed a three-year deal w/ San Jose ($3.6M cap hit)

  27. Dickie Dunn says:

    I didn’t want to see Jackman on the Hawks. I hope Bowman can do better than that.

  28. Drew Sabia says:

    Kent, just curious on why you would see bolly moved to 2nd line or delt.. it goes without saying that he is one of the best 3rd line centers in the game.. hes got grit, he can kill penalty’s, defensibly sound, hes a shut down center (2011 playoffs against the canucks he shut down the sedins in games 4-7 keeping them to 3 points and a combined -11 +/-) last offseason he spent his whole offseason training in Chicago so hes also dedicated.. Just saying being a Blackhawks fan Dave Bolland is one of my favorite players to watch from the stands… MUCH RESPECT TO THE RAT!!

  29. kent says:

    Drew The rat attack is a very good one. I was saying he might move IF money is needed to sign Suter AND 2nd line center w/ big money. Since B. Smith is signed Kruger may be pushed to 2nd even platooning Boland Smith & Kruger. It seems we have 3 guys better suited to play #3 center. Kruger looking like the best #2 option, assuming Sharp wouldn`t be better at #2 at least during the draw. This doesn`t help the fact that we need bigger/ stronger board play from 2/3 line centers. Winning face offs is another big key to address . Do not know Smith or Krug`s #s because of limited play in NHL. Just read article on Olesz might be given a chance to EARN his $. Does any one think he can? Article said he was hurt last year. How bad how long? Back to Boland, yes he was perfect aginst the ugly eveil twin and LOVED every min. of it. He doesn`t need to go if FRO and Hammer are moved some where. OR Bowmen sits tight on prospects filling the void @ #2.. RUMOR: Hammer to Ott. is possible

  30. kent says:

    I was also working cap @ plus 1 mil. If cap goes up 3 hurah for us sign another quality guy. But for hockey in general ….70 +mil. would leave smaller markets relying on draft picks popping all at once. We have already seen team movement and more talk about bankrupcy. Not good over all. On E Kane: looked in Win. archieve stories on him. Found only one bad one @ prohockeytalk. nbcsports.com/dec/06/16/rep Fans love him Have not found any stories in Atl. yet. About the #9 thing Colin/Logan He got Hull`s blessing there but could he live up to it here?

  31. Colin says:

    Logan

    Hull gave his consent to him using the number 9. People in winnipeg didn’t really mind that much considering that only people over the age of 50 would have even the slightest memories of Bobby Hull. Also, Claude Noel did a great job overall this year. The only Jets that had any problems with him were Kane/Burmistrov, but both of them still have a lot of growing up to do. With the exception of Kane, the rest of the Jets enjoyed their time here. When they first moved here, all the Jets were buying condos, now most of them are homeowners. So for us be able to get rid of Kane would be good for team chemistry since everyone else is on board. I’m a Chicago fan aswell, so I hope for your teams sake that you don’t end up with Evander. A real hockey market would get fed up with his game after 20 games.

  32. henry says:

    Brad Stevenson proposed this for E.Kane:

    2012 2nd round pick
    2013 1st round pick
    Brandon Pirri
    Michael Frolik
    ARE YOU SERIOUS? THAT IS A LAUGHABLE OFFER
    people who make trade proposals like this live in a fantasy world. Other responders should have ripped him. Why did’nt you Tab – how can you call yourself a respectable blogger and not shoot that ridiculous offer down. This is getting to be like the non-sense I see on HF Boards.

  33. Brad Stevenson says:

    Henry, I don’t know if it is a reasonable offer, I prefaced it with that…I have asked others for their ideas…but what you need to remember is that Winnipeg is in a tough pickle, he is set to become a FA and doesn’t want to resign with the Jets, so if they don’t make a deal for him this week, they risk losing him for nothing, so an offer like this is NOT unreasonable…if this was simply a straight up trade, of course this wouldn’t do, he wouldn’t even be available…

    So enough with the negative comments, and contribute.

  34. henry says:

    i am contributing, there are 30 other teams, many of which would be glad to part with realistic offers. Pirri is a border line 3rd line prospect, Frolik is overpaid and awful. and 2 decent picks for a guy who will probably score 35-40 goals/year, hit and is only 21. Come on. Any Hawk offer would have to start with Saad and beleive it or not I’m not sure I would move him. Everyone here knows what I think of Saad.
    Winnipeg wont give him away, count on it

  35. henry says:

    Brad- I do respect you, I just think on this one you were not being objective.
    After all you & I seem to be the only ones who would like to move our own Kane for some much needed help at 2C and physical D. How about Patrick for Evander even up.
    I’m all for that one even though it doesn’t address the needs discussed.

  36. DrBichlbauer says:

    This needs to happen! Exactly what we need.

  37. Brad Stevenson says:

    No, I wouldn’t move Kane for Kane, and I don’t want to part with Saad, but if we had to, then we do it…Evander Kane is proven at 20 and fits our needs almost perfectly…Saad may become a very good player, Evander Kane already is…

    If this is true, then Bowman needs to make this deal…

    Saad
    2nd round pick 2012
    1st round pick 2013
    Michael Frolik (we just have got to get rid of him)
    Brandon Pirri

    For

    Evander Kane
    3rd round pick 2o13

  38. Kyle says:

    I think Chevy if interested in Hawks property at all will want something he knows a little better. Someone he had a hand in bringing to town.

    What about:

    The Hayes Bros.
    Saad
    Frolik (his salary would have to go)

    I wouldn’t hesitate to throw a pick on if it seemed like it made or broke the deal. Not a first unless a second rounder were coming back.

  39. Dickie Dunn says:

    In my opinion, Saad plays in Chicago.

    I don’t know – how reliable are the negative opinion(s): Colin, for instance, “evander kane would be a good one to get rid of. He isn’t a character guy at all. He has a very bad attitude and he’s always out clubbing and generally ruining his reputation. He isn’t well rounded. He doesn’t play defense, and he whines a lot. If he was really so good, how come he got so little ice time on a team that needs a goal scorer?” I would not OVERpay for somebody else’s problem. Yes, I realize that at least on the surface he not only looks like an ideal solution for one of the Hawks needs, but he looks *too good to be true*? “Full speed ahead!” was my initial reaction, but at what cost? Saad has not yet been given the opportunity Kane has had in Atlanta-Winnipeg, so we do not really know what he can/will do. I also realize you must give something to get something, and it is possible Kane may mature – if the reports of “trouble” are true (as we hope P.Kane will) and thrive in a different setting. I would hang on to Saad – find something else that works. But, it’s up to Stan Bowman. (I don’t believe he is as inept as most participants here seem to – just my opinion.)

  40. Logan Reilly says:

    Colin & Kent,

    I did know that Evander got Hull’s consent but I mean Hull was put on the spot. He can’t say no. He’d look like a jerk. Evander’s immaturity shows right there. Pick another number, kid.

  41. Brad Stevenson says:

    Dickie, I forwarded these comments about Evander Kane to my friend Mark in Winnipeg, he runs a company, and he flatly denies these impressions about Kane…he acknowledges that Kane is seen around town but is friendly and approachable…and that is work ethic on the ice is the most impressive part of his game…he said again, if we can get him, we should get him…

  42. Dickie Dunn says:

    Thank you, Brad. If there is no problem, like I said, (my initial reaction) “Full speed ahead!”. I would still try to hang on to Saad. There must be other options. I’ve seen sources besides the Hawks themselves who rate their collection of prospects highly.

    It’s up to Stan Bowman.

  43. kent says:

    DO NOT TRADE SAAD!!!!!! He is mentioned 1st or 2nd in the conversation about Hawks offensive prospects. Q: If Pirri is ready why didn`t he come back for the playoffs? I do realize” Q” and mgnt. wanted to see how much progress he made from the beginning of the year. I also believe he made the team the first of the year to see where he needed to improve, not so much as they thought he was ready. I believe he will make the team this year. He would be REAL dangerous on 3/4 line. IMO Look for a very strong camp with Saad leading the way. Honestly I hope Pirri and Saad puts huge presser on Kane`s future as a Hawk. Then we can if Kane is talent with character OR a character with talent . Saad at wingwill not solve the GRIT problem at wing. A big knock.

  44. henry says:

    It’s looking more & more like R.Suter will end up w/Hawks. If that comes to fruition then the Ottawa deal (Hjalmarsson for Z.Smith +) should absolutely go down. Then to really top things off I think we go after 1 of the following 3 players who seem to be in play.

    You must be prepared to part with P.Kane however otherwise we are taking on too much salary: Here we go
    Trade #1 P Kane for E.Kane
    Trade #2 P.Kane for M.Duchesne (solves 2c issue)
    Trade #3 P.Kane & Frolik for R.Nash
    I like Duchesne (Avs are overloaded at C and need wingers)
    I’m curious what you guys think of moving P Kane for 1 of the above 3
    or if you want to hold onto our 1 dimensional under-achieving brat

  45. Tab Bamford says:

    @ henry: how is it looking more like Suter comes to Chicago? Did the unicorns report a couple trades the rest of us missed?

  46. henry says:

    home field advantage and prior statements from the horses mouth that he’d like to play near home. I’m not going to claim that I have inside knowledge like some of your followers, let’s just say if I were a betting man………
    I guess because I don’t kiss up to you like you are hockey’s equivelant to football’s Peter King you try to shred my comments, opinions etc. If I say someting ridiculous like that (Pirri/Frolik & 2 Draft pks) for E Kane proposal you should shred, but no you dislike me because of our disagreement about Getzlaf. Let it go, be nice

  47. Tab Bamford says:

    @henry: Crazy trade proposals are a dime a dozen this time of year. But good luck w/ your gambling problem…

  48. Dickie Dunn says:

    I have absolutely NO inside information (and it shows!).

    I think Patrick Kane has exceptional talent, and is not a “1 dimensional under-achieving brat”. His G/PTS numbers were down this season, but he did start recoevering from a wrist injury, and during Toews’ extended absence raised his level of play (and provided *some* leadership). I don’t know if playing center had much impact. I definitely would NOT move him because of the incidents in Vancouver and Madison. I would include him in a deal that returned GREAT value – nothing personal/no animosity Henry, but Kane-for-Kane or Kane-for-M.Duchesne (and I think he’s a very good player) fall short. I would have to seriously consider Kane-for-Nash, but that’s just my opinion – it’s Bowman’s call.

    On Suter – again, I have NO insider knowledge, but if Detroit or *maybe* Minnesota (- chance to win a Cup greater in Detroit) offer more $$$$, I don’t see Chicago beating that because of a slight geographical advantage or his uncle being an alumni. I hope it (somehow) happens, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

  49. Brad Stevenson says:

    John Jaeckel reported today, from 2 solid sources, one in contact with the Suter himself, and the other in contact with the Suter family, and they all mention Suter’s desire to play in Chicago, close to home…it also said that he is going to listen to all offers and still could resign in Nashville…they expect the biggest $ offers to come in from the Wings and the Wild…it also stated that they expect the Chicago offer will be less, but will try to make it up with the years, and the core that is in Chicago…will it happen? I have no idea, but Suter is EXACTLY what this team needs, and in all reality, this team does NOT need a lot, but what it does need, it MUST have.

  50. ozzzie19 says:

    Heres my crazy trade proposal for a 3 team blockbuster:

    Hawks get: E. Kane, Weiss, Bjugstad,
    Hawks give: P.Kane, Pirri, Lalonde

    Panthers get: P. Kane, Pavelec,
    Panthers give: Weiss, Markstrom, Bjugstad, Howden

    Jets get: Markstrom, Howden, Pirri, Lalonde
    Jets give: E. Kane, Pavelec,

  51. jj says:

    Tab, Unicorns?…..that was awesome!

    Ozzzie, how can you type with that straight-jacket on?

  52. kent says:

    Brad I want to believe this rumor and Suter is the Hawks answer to better defence. That`s a no brainer. It would help Cory out tremendesly. Less people standing UP in front of the net is what he can give. Then it also gives Dunks more energy to do his thing. It also gives you the option of turning Dunks into a # 2 center via trade. 5+ mil.can get your man,[ Dunks has to sign off his no trade clause]. One/ two years down the road we should be able to get prospects to take over Bolland`s job. NO I am not for getting rid of Bolland right now. # 1 reason if you can`t get the puck and keep it you need MORE guys with his skills. But the fact of hockey now is RELOAD with younger, cheaper [for the moment] players while getting more quality picks, until you find the keepers, like Suter. Sign this guy for as many years as it will take. He will not disappear money will not make him soft, his motor is just like Chris Chelios. Remember him, remember the trade? This is the time to erase that stain from our memories. Time for the Wirtz family to continue the process of WINNING and producing winners. THANK YOU ROCK
    If E Kane is the real deal do it but keep Saad If he is a character sign him for 4 yrs. and give him UFA after 4. WE keep trade clause to recoup talent given up. Logan I had no idea he put Hull on the spot, definitely not a mature move. HENRY Kane for Nash I would rather have a 7 mil. goalie Kane for Kane can`t call that one don`t know E Kane. Avs Will not let go of Duchane if they did GM job may open up immediatly. IMO 1] Get Suter 2] two more Grit guys for boards 3] Better coaching getting out of our own zone 1st they can`t score out side the zone Better puck and player movement inside there zone ala Van. I hope Suter can see Hawks have the talent for many years to come more than that red team up north. Get Suter and push them geezers over the hill. AND LAUGH and again and again…………………………… and again. PS give P Kane a little slack he has keeper talent. But if prospects can fill the hole he would leave [in a couple years] trade package for him should be huge. HEY TAB Can you comment on Pirri / Saad / Mc Neil ect. or direct me to reliable scouts . I didn`t recieve my unicorn illustrated / hockey edition either what gives? …………..LAUGH JUST LAUGH AND LET IT GO.

  53. kent says:

    E Kane update: Something is going on in Winnipeg. Read for your self @ hockeybuzz. Again in bleacher report Winnipeg “Can`t afford to let E Kane go” ” It may come down to coach or Kane” & ” Is city turning on young star”? Goalie Pavelec having trouble signing may bolt to Russia also in BR. Good news for Staal fans he turned down 10 year deal. Q: Does he want to move up @ least one line …say may be in a talent rich city that sits next to a Great Lake? Does he want more coin cant realy help him too much more than 5.5 . We need Suter 1st IMO Signing Staal @ 5.5 would stap us. Even if Fro Hammer & Monty move. Here again is the choice Bolly or Staal [when you get Suter]. My money goes to Staal letting rooks battle for 3/4 center and wings. Bick moves too. Maybe Stals if we can replace with More GRIT same price. Can ALL this happen? Probrably not . But we can dream. Bowman makes big move.

  54. Brad Stevenson says:

    As we are now at the eve of the draft, I would like to go over a couple of things…one, for the last 2 years Stan Bowman’s only experience as a GM, in his history, has been DISMANTLING, and building for the future…he has done a wonderful job of conducting 2 bountiful drafts, and a done a lousy job of trading away the physicality and part of the identity of this team.

    We all know the situation that Stan inherited…that explained season one, and we got Stahlberg out of all of that…but last year was an unmitigated disaster on his part, and we still had 101 points…

    It is TIME for Bowman to stop being the dismantler, and crafty chiseller, carefully adding a small piece here and there, and become the wise builder…there are no bones about it…this team, while having a strong core, needs MORE than just a little piece here and there…and if goalie is an issue, then we have a host of needs…but if we can trust CC and Emery to rebound this season, then Bowman just needs 2 pieces…that’s it…not 10 or 12, or even 5…but 2…however, the catch is, these 2 players have to be the RIGHT guys…players that are physical…players that excel on the PK…players that are high character and tough to play against…

    Bowman must find these 2 guys…if Stan brings in a legitimate top 3 DMan that fits this bill, the Hawks will be able to mimic the Kings in their Defence…3 pairs that match physicality with speed and skill…

    Seabrook/Keith
    #3/Oduya
    Leddy/Olsen

    Notice how Hammer isn’t there…

    If Bowman goes out and gets a legit 2nd line centre that wins face-offs, has size and is tough to play against (notice how I didn’t even mention point production) then the Hawks will mimic the top teams in that they will have 4 lines that are tough to play against…

    Stahlberg-Toews-Kane
    Sharp-#2 C-Hossa
    Bickell-Kruger-Shaw
    Hayes-Mayers/Pirri-Carcillo/Bollig

    Notice that this lineup is sans Bolland and Brandon Saad.

    It may very well take these missing pieces to field this lineup, but if that is the price to getting this team back to the Cup before it is long gone from memory, then this is what will have to happen…

    The bottom line is this…Bowman must make a few key moves to make this team able to control face-offs, which will instantly improve their special teams, and to be harder to play against…Jordan Staal and Suter are two players that can make this happen, but will he get them, or anyone of consequence…Bowman’s remarks thus far are that we’re fine…again, I hope his simply committing subterfuge because we need this help.

  55. Dickie Dunn says:

    …from what I’ve read, Staal will be joining his brother in Carolina either by trade or next year as a FA. Suter would be GREAT! I hope it happens…but it seems like a fan’s dream. If Saad (and Bolland) play in Chicago it isn’t the end of the world. Leddy isn’t a third pair d-man – considering the current roster, he is #3 after Seabrook and Keith. Oduya is a #4, so they need to find a 5th or 6th if they move Hjalmarsson and Montador. Olsen might be a player? Kane isn’t a #2 center, but Sharp can be. (Maybe Kruger can be?) We’ll see what Bowman does….

  56. Brad Stevenson says:

    Columbus GM Howson has contacted Stan Bowman this morning…that is official…Nash has the Hawks as one of the teams that he will play for…so we will see what happens…as you know, personally, I would deal Kane for Nash in a heartbeat.

  57. Dickie Dunn says:

    Brad – I agree you’d have to consider Kane-for-Nash. It probably wouldn’t go one-for-one. I believe the hawks would be taking on more $$. Obviously, I know nothing about team “chemistry” – on ice, Kane has exceptional talent and a lot of upside. I guess we’ll see what Bowman thinks?

  58. kent says:

    Dickie, Brad; I believe Bowman makes the Suter move #1 priorety. Hammer going says so. If we could get Mont`s 2.75 moved we could use that for # 7&8 dmen maybe get tough enforcer type. I would not do Kane for Nash, he can`t control the “d” like Kane. Kane also has better upside as Dickie said. Nash does give us better board & net play though, he takes up 1.5 more cap. My feeling is Kane will only be delt if deal is in Hawks favor. Right on BRAD about Bowman being a builder , he does bigger moves this year[he better]. If we get Z. Smith w Hammer Bick can go to. Question what do you think? 1] Stals & Bick Have harder working years because “they are both in “contract year?”” Maybe sell during mid year @ peak value? 2] Leddy Olsen & 2 others platooning @ 5/ 6 this would allow Leddy to add muscle [10/20lbs.] some say. Olsen to work out cunfusion he gets in seems like. question 3 who do you draft 1st “d” or Suppan? 4] what would it take to bring #10 to say 14 for both picks? %] Did you read articles I mention last night @ 7:37 comments? Is their a 2nd tier #2 center out there or do we use “in house?” Signed too many “Q`S” no “A`S”

  59. kent says:

    It`s official Saad [Pitt. native] will not be traded. He called out the # 1 pick
    Stall gone , Stoll also Fraser signs w/ LA Looks like we wait til tomorrow for trades. 5 11 169 lbs LW Teuvo Teravainen Hawks 1st rounder. Guy`s at draft said he should have been @ #7 pick. Plays like Kane ” Best hands in draft” Joe Sackic like shot , vision is incredible ,” TOP 3 in the draft in offensive up side. ” ” A finisher. Needs 1 or 2 years in Finland. I also think he needs 15 lbs of muscle. Maata could have been picked also. Highly toughted Dman he was # 10 rated.

  60. Stooven says:

    I believe the Preds will do anything in their power to keep Suter from going to Chicago or Detroit. Unless Bettman tips them to what’s happening with realignment.

    Trading Nash for Kane makes zero sense for either team. Kane is a playmaker and NEEDS a shoot-first forward like Nash — just like combining Jeff Carter and Nash in Columbus was a no-go: you can’t have two shooters like that.

    Let me first say that trading Kane would be a mistake. But if we play with the idea of him, you realize that a playmaking RW is what throws the whole Hossa thing off-balance, and becomes the reason why you must seriously consider making him a center and developing a defensive RW.

    I know this makes people want to vomit, but I watch a lot of European soccer and changes in the sport are often predicated on players like this. Think Bobby Orr: someone had to fill his gaps, the way a left wing backtracks when the left back advances in soccer. I know, traditionally, the LW attracts more defensive responsibilities, but for one season at least you could completely discombobulate the league: though you also might get completely blown out a couple times in the process.

  61. Windy City ZMan says:

    Anybody who suggests trading Patrick Kane for E. Kane is a complete MORON.

    That is all.

  62. Brad Stevenson says:

    Patrick Kane CANNOT play centre in the NHL…PERIOD…he is not only too small, he is too soft…his game is AVOIDING contact and not initiating it…on top of all that, Kane can’t win face-offs with any consistency, so that when he is on the ice as a centre, if his line loses possession the other team ends up with a scoring chance…go back and watch the tapes…every shift…

    He is a liability…and when he only scores 66 points while NOT PLAYING A LICK ON THE PK and contributing only a few goals to a pathetic PP he is a luxury this team can no longer afford…and this is what all of you need to get through your skulls…this is no longer 2010…this team is VERY different from that one!

  63. Barry Brown says:

    As a star player I have seen a decline in P Kane’s impact and value to the Blackhawks , same can be said for Duncan Keith. Toews, Hossa and Seabrook on the other hand have maintained or even elevated their games. I believe now is the time to move these guys, but only if it makes sense, Bowman should be working his ass off to pull something off.

  64. wall says:

    Brad & Barry Brown, I agree 100%… the only other option is to fill in the 3-5 missing pieces around them ( to make it close to the 2010 team)… shaw is a nice piece, Saad for Ladd type??? who can fill in for Buff as REAL POWER forward??? Tuevo T will be a great Versteeg replacement (even better maybe) in 2-3 years…

    Not saying we should trade Kane… But Hawks need to spend some money to compete past 1st round… E-kane or Suter or both! Dump Monty and Hammer, go for both!

    But if we don’t go for major FA’s… Hawks mind as well shop him…. can’t pass the puck if you can’t win the Puck!

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