Blackhawks Acquire Rob Scuderi

On Monday evening, the Blackhawks made a deal to improve their blue line – and cleared up cap space in the process.

Chicago traded defenseman Trevor Daley to Pittsburgh for veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi. Pittsburgh will reportedly retain one-third of Scuderi’s cap hit for the remainder of the 2015-16 season and during the 2016-16 campaign as well.

Scuderi, 36, has been credited with four assists and 32 blocked shots and ranked fourth on the Penguins averaging 2:40 of shorthanded ice time per game in 25 games with the Penguins this season. He has been a member of two Stanley Cup champions (2009 and 2012).

Perhaps the most unsettling part of the deal is the reality that, when Scuderi was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fifth round of the 1998 NHL Draft, Teuvo Teravainen had yet to celebrate his fourth birthday.

Daley had six assists in 29 games after he was acquired in the trade that sent Patrick Sharp and Stephen Johns to Dallas late this summer.

69 thoughts on “Blackhawks Acquire Rob Scuderi

  • December 14, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    No, the most unsettling part of the deal is that Scuderi is garbage. The Pens fans at Bleacher Report are jubilant that they got rid of him.

  • December 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Seeing Daley paired with Rundblad last night made me pucker. Opposite players. Daley sucks defensively. Scuderi sucks offensively. This doesn’t seem like the only roster move. Another trade or call up seems forthcoming. Come playoff time having Rozsival and Scuderi as a third paid isn’t that terrible. Especially knowing Q wouldn’t play Daley in the playoffs.

    Defenseman need to defend. I guess that’s what this comes down to. The million and change is nice too. Especially assuming Panarin will most likely bit some of those bonuses.

  • December 14, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Scuderi and Garbutt for Sharp and Johns. Yikes! This is what cap hell gets you.

  • December 14, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Is Scuderi better than Daley on defense? If so, its a good deal because the Hawks were not getting much offense out of Daley anyway and they also obtained some salary cap relief as well.

  • December 14, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Had Sharp put up the numbers now last year he would have been much easier to move. Last year he was injured and could never really get going. This year he had been playing with Benn and Seguin. He’s struggled a bit lately 2 goals in last 7 games, and Nichuskin is on the top line.

  • December 14, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Johns is still in the AHL and he may not even be the first or even second in line if they have a call up.

  • December 14, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Let the Pens fans rejoice this…most Pens fans are idiots. Scuderi is +4 on this defense corp that is awful for Pittsburgh. Letang is -14, Crysby is -7…so this guy seems to still be able to defend. He has won cups in 2 places so here’s to 3!
    Go Hawks!

  • December 14, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Stan likes to add these salty veterans to fill in the gaps. This one comes with two rings.

  • December 14, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Scudieri here and Daley not helps the cap situation. Daley was awful. I said the same when the Sharp trade went down. Fact is Bowman was boxed into such a corner that he had to trade Sharp with NO leverage on bis side. And sure enough a smart Dallas team demanded that we take Daley. Well, Daley proved definitely in a third of a season in Chicago that he can’t play defense. And worse still, he has lost all manner of the offensive ability that once was his calling card.

    Scudieri can no longer skate. This is Kimmo all over again. He probably splits time with Rosy, who honestly speaking is a better player versus Scuds at this stage of their careers. But, the cap savings likely means he is only going to be a part timer and that Gustaffson is likely called up soon.

  • December 14, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    So is the consensus salary dump to the tune of a million a year for two years?

  • December 14, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    LOL I love every time Bowman makes a deal there’s a sense that the sky is falling and we’re all going to be covered in crap soon… and yet, somehow, almost magically, the Blackhawks have won it all twice in three seasons.

    It’s December 14. This is not the final move of the 2015-16 season for Stan Bowman. But the fact that Bowman got rid of an unhappy player who wasn’t performing (Daley) and brought in a guy with two rings AND got an equally cap-strapped team to keep salary? for more than one year? that’s hilarious.

    And to Reggie – are those same Pens fans at Bleacher Report talking about how Daley is going to improve their blue line? Because that’s also hilarious

  • December 14, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    This is an interesting trade. Mr. Rufus got his wish — that Daley get traded — so my initial thought is this was a mistake. My mom can skate faster than Scuderi. How about Scuderi and Roszival together? Is it worth saving $1M off the cap? Hmmmm.

  • December 14, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Bowman made a good move here. We gain salary cap space and a player, while ancient and slow and near washed up, does fit. Scudieri can play Kimmo like minutes and dress 50% of the time in combo with Rosival.

    Hawks have improved tonight. And the stench of the forced Sharp trade has been lessened.

  • December 14, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    I think one of the reasons the Hawks liked Daley was for the power play. Rundblad has looked okay at the point the last few games and the pp overall is much improved this year with the addition of AA, Panarin,and TT to the power play units so Daley isn’t needed there at all.
    Daley has looked better the last week or so but it seems like he takes a lot of shots and most of them miss the net and the ones that make it there don’t go in. He may be a decent player but clearly didn’t fit with the Q’s system. The last game Rozsival played he looked like he lost a lot of mobility so my guess Scudieri will be an upgrade. Now they get a little cap room so how can you go wrong with this trade?

  • December 14, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    I haven’t seen Scuderi skate recently, but if he is close to being as slow as Timonen was last season it won’t be a pretty picture. That was simply a God awful mess. If Scuderi is a stay at home d man it helps because Daley was not very good on defense. His upside was his skating ability and generating some offense. One would think SB has some other moves coming to try and round out this squad. It’s a long season ahead.

    Lets GO Hawks!

  • December 14, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    We won in 2010 with Brent Sopel (and Boynton and Hendry) and in 2013 with the three headed monster of Kimmo/Rundblad/Comisky. I’ll happily take Rob Scuderi thank you. He is a very savvy veteran who will do just fine. Give SB a little credit once in a while – he seems to have done ok the past few years ( See Panarin, TVR, Darling, Anisimov).

  • December 14, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    This is a good trade to have/bank more cap space and get a somewhat equal player. This guy is probably a lot like Rozy, not fast but good at D. Now we have two Rozys. Like Tab were still going to add a FW or/and a Defenseman at deadline. This gives us more cap space to bank which is very important to have to we can add a player more then 1-2m.

  • December 14, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    P.S. Pittsburgh just fired coach, their GM is in panic mode (they lost again tonight at home first game new coach). The retention of salary for Pittsburgh makes no sense; I think Dupuis just retired and fhey have some cap savings there to fit Daley in full salary. From the Hawks standpoint, how old is Brent Sopel?

  • December 14, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    The only way this trade could have been better is if the pens would have also taken Runblad and paid all of Scuderi’s salary for two seasons while he rots in the pressbox.

    At least Bowman is working on moves to improve. In this case we may not have seen clear cut player improvement, but we certainly got some salary cap flexibility. I think that is great as this, as Tab astutely points out, is not the last move Stanbo makes in prep for our eventual playoff roster. This beats Stanbo seating on his hands doing nothing.

    I hope this eventually leads to more NHL time for Gustaffson.

    I can’t see how anyone can be as bad as Kimmo was last year so don’t u/s the comparison of Scuderi to him. Have to wait and see. We need to improve the bottom half of our dcore.

    Go Hawks!!!

  • December 14, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    I understand that he is now 36 but when Scuderi was here in LA he played huge minutes and was a rock. The Kings hated to lose him. Also the Pens are a downright dumpster fire and playing a much more structured game will serve him well.

  • December 14, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Would love to know if Daley really did request a trade. I get that his role was limited and he was used to a bigger role, but how do you not want to try and figure out how to make it work on a team defending the Cup? I mean Rundblad was being played on the powerplay instead of Daley, that had to sting a little coming off a career year scoring. I was willing to give Daley a chance and see if he could adjust, but if his response to this situation was to be asked to be moved, it was never going to get any better anyway.

  • December 14, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I haven’t seen enough of Pittsburgh play this season to even remember seeing Scuderi. According to the stats he’s been in 25 games and averaged 17 minutes per game – not bad. But from what I remember of him in past seasons is that he is slow and by this season he is probably even slower than past seasons. I’m talking glacially slow. Maybe slower than Rozsival. But he does play PK and will block a shot if he’s able to get in front of the shooter in time.

    So – who knows? Hopefully the $1M cap savings pays off down the road, because I don’t think this move improved the team much, if at all.

  • December 15, 2015 at 12:06 am

    I like this move. I think given a little time Scuderi will fit well into the Hawks’ system and add experience, some skill and stability to our D. He is a smart player and an upgrade defensively over Daley. We aren’t losing any offense because Daley did not give us any offense. Daley was also unhappy . And Scuds will cost a million $ less . This is a small,incremental improvement to our D . SB has made this kind of move in the past . Give this a chance and I think we will be pleased with the results.

  • December 15, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Trash for trash, put me in the shit trade category and ill eat my words if im wrong. Bowman hasnt aquired a good dman in a long time(oduya) and has alot of misses under his belt.

  • December 15, 2015 at 12:16 am

    This could be good… I believe Bowman by far hits more than he misses. It seems this is mostly about cap $$. And, Daley wasn’t contributing much (and, if he was unhappy, requested a trade, etc. – good for him and the Hawks!). Also, maybe like MS said, “…he is now 36 but when Scuderi was here in LA he played huge minutes and was a rock”, and McKay said, “…veterans to fill in the gaps. This one comes with two rings.” should be considered? I haven’t seen him this season, but it’s possible he’ll be a “better fit” than Daley. We’ll see.

  • December 15, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Good move i think …Scuderi is good on defense ,good on SH, A bit a Oduya style with bigger body ( 212pounds)…come at 33% rebate for next two years….and Daley was not a IQ friend….he was not Happy.
    I think it will be a good fit …ok he his not a young man but its the kind of player IQ like usaly …+ he has experience in playoff …and most of all ..he can see the opportunity to get another Stanley cup….
    I belive its a better match with the IQ system.
    Timing is good…still more then 50 games before playoff..
    Interesting move……….

  • December 15, 2015 at 1:03 am

    You cannot have a 3rd pairing defenseman making $ 3+ million like Daley was and playing only 11 minutes and not on any special teams.

    Stan saves more than $1 Million and gets a guy who Q can put out there defensively in the 3rd period.

    Also, consider pedigree, Scuderi is a 2-time Stanley Cup winner. These guys are hugely valuable come playoff time, when coverage, positioning and defensive responsibility are so key. I’m not buying the Timonen comparison. He had never won a Cup, missed almost a full season & was coming off serious blood clot issues.

    This is also a much better fit for when Rundblad is in the line-up.
    Daley & Rundy were very vulnerable defensively as a pair. We all know that. If Q is going to use Rundy on the 2nd power play unit. His partner 5 on 5 cannot be another offense-only type guy.

  • December 15, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Pretty simple to me. If Scuderi helps the overall defense, then it’s a good move at this point in time, because Daley wasn’t providing any real offense. I’ll wait it out like everyone else, but it looks good as a move to make right now.

  • December 15, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Moves like this indicates longer term thinking. Shows that Stan is never satisfied. The $1 mm will be important come March. I would say again that the hated Cap helps the Hawks because SB is a master at managing the money.

  • December 15, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Well this is weird. You’d have to think cap relief for something else…

  • December 15, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I love this blog from a Pens fan.

    Rick Rizzo7 minutes ago
    The scurge that was that dastardly Rob Scuderi is gone……..

    Let me get this straight, the overwhelming sentiment is that Rob Scuderi wasn’t good enough for the Penguins. However, the Blackhawk organization thinks he’s good enough for them. The paradox is that Chicago happens to be the best run organization in the NHL and it’s not even close. Call me cynical but I trust the Blackhawks to make better decisions than I do the Pens at this point. That the Blackhawks wanted him tells me all I need to know.

    Scuderi was not the problem.

  • December 15, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Scuderi plus the pickup of a million bucks of cap space for the wretched Daley was a smart move. There are idiots however (see this thread) who don’t understand the realities of the salary cap and the confines that Bowman has to operate within.

    Scuderi probably plays 2 out of 3 games (maybe less) and logs 10-12 minutes a night. He’s responsible defensively and a legitimate blueliner. Or what we really need. He can no longer skate and is VERY slow (slower than Rosival), but the Hawks can cover for that factor just fine.

    I will assume that, for now, Runblad has become the 5th defenseman and will dress every game. So it’s up to him to seize upon opportunity and show some level of responsibility in the defensive zone, where he remains inordinately weak. But he can move the puck up the ice and play the point, so lets see what happens over the next two weeks. I would think Quenneville will up the minute load on Keith, Seabrook and Hjalmarsson. In a couple of weeks the Hawks can reassess, and maybe at that time they call up Gustafsson and Runblad goes back to his home away from home in the press box.

    In hindsight, it obviously would have been preferable not to have needed to take on Daley in the Sharp trade. But Bowman had zero leverage and was desperate to find any cap savings he could in that trade. If we could have squeezed out more cap savings in the Sharp deal by not taking on Daley then Oduya likely would have remained with the Hawks. But can’t rewrite history and what is done is done.

    Welcome Scuderi. I think he will fit in very well with Quenneville and the players on this team. And I would hope the idiot brigade among us will recognize that Scuderi has definite limitations before they inevitably skewer him like they did Kimmo. Bottom line, Daley sucked. He sucked on day one of the Sharp trade and many of us told you that. Thankfully his suckage is now gone.

  • December 15, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Keep this in mind….if scuderi gets sent down to Rockford, Hawks will get another 950k in savings. So the total savings for that would be about two million, which would potentially be Artemi Panarin’s bonuses, which I assume he will get some since he is a ppg player and a front runner for the Calder trophy. Perhaps he plays this season and potentially goes to rockford next year. Perhaps he plays the rosy role next year when rosy is gone.

    I think this will be a good trade overall. He is a q guy and should be at least better than timonen, who was always an offensive first guy that got too slow.

  • December 15, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Or they could buy out Scuderi in June, thus saving even more. This trade seems like a band aid move to me. Clear the space and bring up the kids. Live in the past or move forward. I know which one I choose. Hope the team agrees.

  • December 15, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I started to like Daley’s play and he was clearly the 5th Hawk D-man.

    It seems clear to me that this is a cap related or a disciplinary move.

    The Hawks will surely make another move on the D corp.

  • December 15, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Pens think that Daley is worth more than $4 million per year (his salary plus the Scuderi retention). No wonder that franchise is in trouble.

  • December 15, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I’ll apologize in advance for being “an idiot” but explain to me how one can be a legitimate defender (especially in the Hawks system) whilst not being able to skate.

    A statement like that strikes me as stupid. But then again what does an idiot know.

    Kimmo was also unable to play hockey at the NHL level so him getting skewered there, for what they gave up for him, was a pretty legitimate complaint. That isn’t even debatable at this point.

    If that cap space isn’t used productively then this looks like a baffling deal.

  • December 15, 2015 at 9:58 am

    You forget with the Canadian dollar being weak we could see minimal cap growth of about $1 million next year. Plus, if Hossa does not retire, we will need this cap space even if we buy out Bickell, once we pay for bonuses. Cap space is gold in today’s NHL.

    Btw, we won’t be trading for Buff or any other top guy at the deadline after giving up a 1st and 2nd last year.

  • December 15, 2015 at 10:08 am

    A few good takes from the crew at ESPN this morning:

    Pierre LeBrun: “It’s amazing how many times Hawks general manager Stan Bowman has been able to do that over the years, getting other teams to eat salary in trades. It’s allowed him to juggle and minimize his cap issues. But it’s the Penguins who get the better player at this point, with the 32-year-old Daley able to play a top-four role and provide puck-moving skills for a Penguins blue line that was desperate for just that. Scuderi, 36, has seen better days, but he can still effectively block shots and kill penalties, and he brings two more Stanley Cup rings to a Hawks dressing room that already has plenty. You can never have enough character guys, though, and that’s what Scuderi is. Daley never quite fit with the Hawks after coming over in the Patrick Sharp trade last summer. He no doubt welcomed the move to Pittsburgh. And Chicago now has more cap flexibility moving forward, which could come in handy closer to the Feb. 29 trade deadline.”

    Craig Custance: “The salary cap, and specifically the Blackhawks, have changed the way I look at trades. Any time Chicago makes a trade that seems motivated more by cap space than personnel, the deal looks to favor the other team. To me, Daley is a more useful defenseman right now than Scuderi, but to a team like Chicago, the additional cap space the deal creates may end up being more valuable than either player. As Pierre noted, the Penguins are retaining one-third of Scuderi’s contract, which means he costs the Blackhawks $2.25 million compared to Daley’s $3.3 million. When every last dollar counts, that’s significant. The most interesting thing to me isn’t the players involved, but what Bowman will do with that additional flexibility.”

  • December 15, 2015 at 10:10 am

    The importance of the Blackhawks blue line is the ability to push the play quickly out of their own end. This is not something that Scuderi does well. About the only thing he is capable of doing at this point in his career is crosschecking people that skate by him.

    Maybe it will work. Maybe it won’t.

    Also, I think the “HE HAS RINGS” argument is about as dumb as it gets. Wayne Gretzky has 4 rings, maybe he can sign a league minimum contract with the Hawks and help on the blue line?

  • December 15, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Not a good trade . . .period Trade Fast for dreadfully Slow not a smart move. When i say slow, mean real slow, if this blog of “experts” thinks ROZY is slow on his skates Scuderi will make you re-think SLOW.

    Anyone who think this is a good trade needs begin watching bulls games. Daley had exit speed which is good for a third line d-man, good skills, not great but he must have had other issues than DID NOT FIT THE SYSTEM. Daley must have said something or said something to hasten his exit.

    Trade Daley maybe . . . but Scuderi is Scary!


  • December 15, 2015 at 10:38 am

    The Rufus gang has been in SB’s ear all year and finally broke him.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 15, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Trevor Daley asked out a month ago. The Blackhawks made that happen for him.

    Scuderi is slower than anything on this roster, but he’s a character guy who’s more than $1M cheaper than Daley. We’ve seen the organization get comfortable w/ TvR as their #4 dman, and the cap space created by this move gives Bowman more flexibility the rest of the way.

    And, again, it’s now Dec. 15. I doubt this is it for Bowman

  • December 15, 2015 at 11:33 am

    It wasn’t about the player we received in return. At least it better not be. Potentially, as Nick points out, it could be a 2 million dollar cap saving if we send Scuderi to the AHL. This gives Bowman some flexibility for other moves. Again, this better not be the final roster going into the playoffs and it should give Stanbo some flexibility to add other pieces for another cup run. Lets focus on adding more points to climb in the standings and be patient to see what Bowman does by the trade deadline. If Scuderi surprises us with his play, even better.

    Go Hawks!!!!

  • December 15, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Team speed and quick puck movement used to be a trademark of the Hawks and is a major reason why we have won 3 Cups. With a lineup of 32, 29, 53,70 and now Scuderi, we seem to be going backwards. I hope the overall team speed reduction does not bite us in the ass in the playoffs.

  • December 15, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Trust the Bowmans.

  • December 15, 2015 at 11:51 am

    So I guess we are eagerly waiting to watch where Scuderi falls in speed wise. Do we assume that he plays tonight? Even if this guys falls below the Rozy speed threshold index, Scuderi plays the body hard, and punished the Hawks whenever he played against us. Hawks D corps can use a little whup ass back there, in what is otherwise mostly a finesse defensive group. Trying to be a little optimistic.

    Should be a spirited affair tonight at the UC.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 15, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Would think only one or two of those play in playoffs.

  • December 15, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I think Craig Custance is right when he says “The most interesting thing to me isn’t the players involved, but what Bowman will do with that additional flexibility.”

    This was obviously not a trade based on the actual hockey value of Daley, but a cap clearing/internal issue thing. Another move will happen.

    I don’t think the Hawks plan to have Rundbland as their 5 Dman as that wanker suggests. By the way…what kind of stupid that moron is is ? Special kind of stupid.
    “He’s a legitimate blueliner, but can’t skate for shit. Daley was crap…Rundbland will be the 5 and he’ll suit up every night.”

  • December 15, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Can we see the bigger picture here. If Daley didn’t want to be here. He didn’t fit Q’s system. Better not to have him.

    Scuds might fit the system. Could be excited to be here thus play better. The one thing I haven’t heard yet is adds some muscle and could (hopefully will) drop the gloves so the Captain doesn’t have too.

    I see it as a good trade with everything involved including the $$. Give it a month and see how it shapes up.

    See ya at the game tonight!

  • December 15, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Scuderi is Brent Sopel without the offensive ability. This is all about the next move.

    This trade (and Tikhonov waivers) move puts Dustin Byfuglien and Brian Campbell in play. The question is how big a sweetener does it take to get either of these rentals. I’m betting on Campbell.

    Hearing that Garbutt will soon be waived as well.

  • December 15, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Which would help this team more in pursuit of a Stanley Cup in 2015-16:
    1) an unhappy, bad Trevor Daley
    2) $1,000,000 in cap room

    If you choose 1, you are dumb.

    I’m with Tab et al., it is amazing that the Penguins are eating part of Scuderi’s cap hit for two years. Is Stan Bowman a Jedi? “You will eat his salary for two years-”
    “We will eat his salary for 2 years…”
    How else can this be explained? Scuderi is a winner, and certainly a guy who fits in the Quenneville model. If he helps the team great, if not, the Hawks can buy him out for more space according to the article on Yahoo.

    No doubt this was a miserable situation to be in in the first place, no tickertape parade need be organized for this trade, but it was a flat out win for the Blackhawks.

  • December 15, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    It is reasonable to assume that Bowman has his sights on Brian Campbell. How he can make that work given the cap will be a testament to his Houdini abilities.

  • December 15, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Good to have a guy like this as moar depth.

    In terms of what would be better for 47 to be on Rockford roster instead of a buyout (which would cost .400 more overall) that would be 2m of 6 3.3m caphit to use for deadline (if no one else is waived as well). More importantly prorated banked cap space. Which if we add a Defenseman at 50% retained could get that kind of player with a higher caphit.

  • December 15, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    The idea that sending Scuderi to Rockford increases the cap space by $950K is true – but it’s true for anyone with a cap hit of $950K or more. So I fail to see how this trade provides more cap space then the difference between Daley’s cap hit and the Hawks (2/3) portion of Scuderi’s cap hit – which is about $1M. Sending Bickell back to Rockford provides $950K additional cap space too but in either case the guy being sent to Rockford will need to be replaced on the roster so while $950K is saved on the one hand – on the other hand the salary of the replacement player is added to the cap which basically cancels out the cap savings from burying a player – which is the intent of that rule.

  • December 15, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    BTW (not picking on you Morrison because others do it too) – but when did “moar” become a proper spelling for “more”? Just curious.

  • December 15, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Your right it doesn’t matter who it would be .950 just mentioning option. Have 22 or 21 on the 23 man for a bit to bank space.

    I think people get that from the commercial with those kids at the school table. When they go, I want moar, I want moar.

  • December 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    – a guess?

    (urban dictionary)

    1. A combination of “more” and “roar”.

    2. An order bellowed to a forum to remedy the bellower’s insufficient pr0n collection. Usually accompanied by foaming at the mouth.

  • December 15, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Daley was not getting the minutes and indeed he must have stated BOLDLY HE WANTED OUT!

    go hawks

    yes BOW-MAN not done yet!

  • December 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Just back in from Saskatoon trip…what did I miss? Oh…whaaat! …and the Moar-isson mystery has been cleared up after all these years! Now if someone can tell me what it is that Q writes down in that little book of his behind the bench after the opposing team scores I would hit the trifecta. Will wonders never cease.

  • December 15, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Moar-isson – I never made that connection to the kid on the commercial but is a good explanation, however, Dickie Dunn’s submission of a combination of more and roar is pretty nifty…maybe go with that! Lion in the Savanna!

  • December 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks Morrison, DD & MM – good stuff.

  • December 15, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    What does Q write during the game? My guess is a curse verse aimed at Rundblad … even if he’s in the press box. :)

  • December 15, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    What confused me the most about Daley’s short stay in Chicago was his apparent inability to adapt to Q’s system. He is an 11 year vet who played against Q coached Hawks teams for many of those years, analyzed tape, studied our style, talked to coaches about how to beat us; and he certainly spent some time watching the Hawks play in his spare time I would guess, sat in front of the tube come playoff time when the Hawks were in and his team was not.

    I know that studying and watching is not like playing in the system and that there would naturally be a learning curve. Perhaps it was the “old dog, new tricks” thing, or maybe he’s not the brightest bulb on the tree. But I think not. I believe it was veteran’s ego. He thought he deserved top 4 minutes by virtue of his resume and when he didn’t get them right off the bat, he backed off instead of working harder. I saw the same reaction from Patrick Sharp last year when he was taken off the first line and shuffled around the lineup.

    Just my cheap theory – willing to hear other thoughts on this.

    I’m not a Daley basher. I defended him plenty on this blog and hoped patience would prevail and he would perform. He may ultimately do that in Pittsburgh, because he’ll get his top 4 minutes now given the injury to Letang. And with Fleury out at least 2 weeks with a concussion, hockey life is not going to get easier for Mr. Daley. I’m immensely curious to see how he fares there, and I wish him well.

    As far as we’re concerned, Scuderi is probably a better fit with Q, and when he’s on the ice the forwards will need to be strong on the back check to cover for the lack of speed, same as they had to do when Kimmo played. Tonight will be a nice test against a fast Colorado team that has been playing well of late.

  • December 15, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Good comments Tony. I concur. The guy had a chance to buy into the system and play with a winner. He apparently blew it off. Sad really, but hey it’s his career not mine. Have fun in Pittsburgh. Getting ready to head down to the UC. More big divisional points to grab hopefully.

    Lets Go Hawks

  • December 15, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Kassian waived. Any takers?

  • December 15, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    People thinking Daley was traded because he wasn’t good enough seem to snort crack cocaine every time Rundbland takes the ice.
    Daley was the 5th Dman they had. Period.

    PS: Daley had a chance to step up when Keith went down and he didn’t. Gaining Coach Q after that is close to impossible. TVR stepped up like ‘easy work’ and he’s now paired with Keith.
    That being said I feel sodomized by the thought Rundbland is only move the puck 3rd pairing Dman. I need Gustafsson…and soon.

  • December 15, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Since nobody else has said so, unless I missed it because I am reading on my phone, I will step up, take it like a puck to the chimes, and say: Rufus you were absolutely 100% on the money with Daley. I thought he was serviceable in this system, and would have the mental toughness to take the next step in his career. Many people thought that. You did not, and you were right. He was a dump off for Dallas. The media is still hopeful for him, but as it turns out, he really does seem to stink, and you absolutely hit the nail on the head.

    Well, I’m off to my Silkwood shower, g’night all.

  • December 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks, Phil. Bring home a winner! Scuderi scores in his first game! Ya think?!

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