67 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Brandon Davidson

  • September 27, 2018 at 11:16 am

    He now officially becomes a Norris Trophy candidate. Along w/ Manning.

  • September 27, 2018 at 11:31 am

    For $650k I can live with it. Hopefully one of him or manning just becomes a solid 3 pairing player.

  • September 27, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Not surprising, be interesting to see if Forsling plays in Chicago or Rockford when he returns.

  • September 27, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    I have zero issue with this. Boqvist needs some time in Rockford to fill out and put some beef on that frame. This is not a bad thing.

  • September 27, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Wedgewood on waivers.

  • September 27, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Boquist will spend the whole year in the OHL with the London Knights not in Rockford

    I see more potential for Davidson to be a regular player over Manning but not sure that Q agrees

  • September 27, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Plan the parade. Woopee!

    Maybe we could try a new strategy where we play d-men at all times and they lay in the crease and stack them on top of each other to no part of the net is exposed. We try to get to OT 0-0 and then take our chances in 3 on 3 in OT.

  • September 27, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    They may want Sikura to make the team but he isn’t co operating again tonight.
    Manning showing something, solid physical player in front of his own net. Lots of scrappiness taking care defensively.

  • September 27, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Good to have guys like this.
    Depth/when guys are out.
    If hes better then Manning/other, then he plays.

    Cant judge until after first 5 or so regular season games.
    Then if these ufa suck for the first 25 games, I be pissed.
    I want them to do good, not sure if everyone does?

    If they do ok or better, that’s what we need/want.

  • September 28, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Imagine, we are talking about Davidson and Manning. Only teams in big trouble with prospects invite AHL calibre players on PTO or sign a 7th dman from the Flyers?
    Sikura is like his older brother, an AHL player. Thx Bowman!
    At this point, Fortin and Highmore deserve to make the team ahead of him. Then again, we are talking about two undrafted free agents. SAD state of affairs. Joki and Boq are talented but very soft defensively at the moment. Need time in AHL and OHL. Or good trade bait for a talented winger with size and skill. Saw Evan Bouchard of the Oilers play the other night, another level at this point in his career compared to what we have. It’s going to be a long season unless Coach Q realizes he needs to put one big line together (20 8 88) and find a left winger with size and speed for TOEWS who can score as well.
    The rest, well, it is what it is. No NHL talent. To compete with the elite team, you need a solid 3rd line who can score.






  • September 28, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Sikura needs to play in Rockford and learn how to play in a physical men’s league.

    Saad – brutal. He never hand great hands but now he has no hands.

    Schmaltz – wussies don’t succeed in the NHL. Better grow a pair and stick your nose in there. Bailing out and avoiding contact means no biggie contract for you this summer.

    Joki – not seeing it. Still not clear if he can play in the AHL – if he can I think that’s where he should play. Bring Dahlstrom up for the 7th d-man.

    Hayden has earned a spot in my opinion. Martinsen too. Kunitzz – no.

    Manning was the Hawks best d-men tonight … mercy!

    It’s always darkest before the dawn … will the dawn be here soon?

  • September 28, 2018 at 12:45 am

    BOTTOM line, we have no talented prospect at wing, i mean an elite 1st rounder who can make the top 6. That is all on Bowman and Kelley who have drafted Mitchell, Joki, Boq, and Baudin??? No wingers for Teows or ANISIMOV????
    And we will not have one for a while.

  • September 28, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Realty check. Every publication has us finishing last in the Central. Stan thought our best move was to sign Cam Ward, Chris Kunitz and Brandon Manning. All three are roster filler, for lack of a better term.
    Stan’s job is on the line with this collection of 22 or 23 players. Let’s see how Stan’s roster construction and results sit with his bosses John. McDonough and Rocky Wirtz.

  • September 28, 2018 at 1:39 am

    Problem is JOHN MCD and ROCKY do not know anything about hockey either. As you say, this fillers are taking ice time away from younger players that we actually do not have but would rather see. COACH needs elite players, he is not the best at developing them. Too often, COACH Q creates the doghouse for players like TUEVO, HARTMAN, and SAAD last season. The free agents Bowman has signed the last 2 years is embarassing for this organization.

  • September 28, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Potential 4th line vs last year, Hayden looks ready this year, should be improved.
    Kruger makes the line better defensively and on faceoffs but diesn’t bring Wingels big hits and offense is not there. Martinsen vs Bouma is a down grade in my opinion. Growing a couple of bottom 6 contributors to compliment forwards coming(pipeline, draft or fa) and growing young defense will be the priority this season.
    A deep forward draft next year should bring one top 6 to help and maybe fa or trade also in a year or 2.
    Crawford either good news or if not
    then unfortunately will be the story this year.

  • September 28, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Tomorrow night for one last look at young guys i would sit Martinsen and Kunitz. Put Saad and Sikura on 3rd line wings and use both Johnson and Kampf with them at center. They also play other wing with Hayden ànd Kruger. Make final cut after that.
    Sikura gas showed the least but there seems to be a push for him to make it too.

  • September 28, 2018 at 8:02 am

    If Q and Bowman are, on the line. Then they need some of those prospects to get here, before their ready.
    It means we make a trade and prob two adds.
    Rather not waste any assets/at least any of the top prospects that will be good players.

  • September 28, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Good A.M.

    Hull65, once again, you go a bit overboard and in tangents, but you are generally accurate in your overall assessments.

    If you look at the personnel available to the coach versus the coach’s use of the personnel, verdict in favor of Q and against Bowman. Q is smitten w/ players like Martinsen & Manning (Bollig, Mashinter, Tootoo, Oesterle, etc…) over his tenure, but he is not responsible for signing them into the organization. Bowman didn’t learn from his great free agent signings of last summer, or years before. He does a great job of recognizing relatively quickly that these type of players suck and gets rid of them, but the damage is done. It’s a vicious cycle.

    I can criticize Q about Kempny use over and over, but that’s an isolated topic; given the appropriate talent base (NHL level players), Q can be trusted to do a good job. Bowman does a great job finding players like Panarin (A+), Darling, and even Highmore & Fortin (these guys are both going to be contributing NHL players, they are NHL caliber already). He gets a flat out “F” regarding his NHL free agent signings. There was no point to bringing in guys near the scrap heap like the three free agents this year, particularly when you are desperate to keep your job.

    Does Bowman have inside information that his job is safe and if the team fails, Q is out the door? It’s almost like these signings were designed to ensure Q fails.

  • September 28, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Q and Bowman are never on the same wavelength, never have been. When Bruins fired GM Peter Chiarelli (Bowman’s challenger for worst GM in the NHL), it took Don Sweeney two drafts to rebuild the team and get back in the playoffs after one year. But, if you look at what Sweeney drafted in the first two rounds (excluding this year) he built both his defense and offence unlike Mr. Bowman. And he did not pick up PTO players or sign lifetime AHLers, he made a few hockey trades. And the result was pretty good last year. Back in the playoffs and good young talent!!!
    Oh, he also hired a younger offensive minded coach named BRUCE CASSIDY!!!! So, when you have a core of veteran Cup winners who have given their soul to the team, you need as a GM to keep drafting well to fill up the holes on offence and defence. BOQ and JOKI are too similiar, small and soft. Beaudin, another prospect on defence who may never be a top 4 dman has the same attributes as the others, smallish and soft. I guess BOWMAN never saw the HAMMER or ODUYA or SOPEL play with the Hawks in their prime. We needed wingers!!!! We’ve lost BUFF, SHARP, BROUWER, LADD, PANARIN, HOSSA, BICKELL, KOPEY, STALBERG, EAGER, and FROLIC over the years…most of them apart from PANARIN had size, speed and skill combined. They all could shoot and were high draft choices (1st, 2nd & first 3rd rounds)
    Next year, the core is a year older and the window to be competitive again (not a cup team but a playoff team) will be closed. Oh yeah, he has yet to draft a real prosepct goalie in the first 3 rounds during his tenure as the GM. That’s pretty awful.

  • September 28, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Ben Eager could shoot?!

    Stalberg was a 6th rd pick
    Brouwer was a 7th rd pick
    Byfuglien was an 8th rd pick

    Revisionist history. It matters not where players where drafted.

    Ask the Lightning if size matters. Boston and Tampa were bottom 3 in size last year. Calgary and Dallas were in the top 4 in size.

    Theres 60 NHL goalie spots. He hasnt needed to draft a goalie. Where was Eddie Belfour drafted?

    None of your points are backed up by anything more than bias.

  • September 28, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Good points Ernie, plus Panarin was undrafted. Actually take a look at where alot of the top goalies were drafted. A few went in early rounds but majority didn’t.

  • September 28, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Trade Both Sikura ans Ejdsell to Columbus for Anderson and A. Broadhurst…

    Broadhurst to AHL
    Anderson on a 3rd Line! (Speed, toughness, capable to score final)
    T. Sikura = AHL
    D. Sikura = Potentiel but??
    V. Ejdsell = sniper with no speed

    DeBrincat – Toews – Kahun
    Saad – Schmaltz – Kane
    Johnson – Anisimov – Anderson
    Kunitz – Kruger – Hayden

    extra: Martinsen – Kampf

  • September 28, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Steven, I think that it could be a good move to do, I also think Sikura could be a Burst so trading make sense to me.

  • September 28, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Blackhawk record H1 vs H2 2017/2018:

    H1: 20-15-6 46
    H2: 13-24-4 30

    Goals for and against and (difference):

    H1: 125- 113 (+12)
    H2: 103-141 (-38)

  • September 28, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    This team is looking more like the H2 team than the H1 team. Maybe if Crawford comes back before too long and is as good as he was before his injury – maybe the Hawks will be somewhere in between the H1 and H2 records from last season. Maybe.

  • September 28, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Hopefully Q finally gives DCat and Kane a chance to play together – be it with either Anisimov or Schmaltz or even Toews. The point being to get one line that resembles a dangerous line. There should be some combination that can provide 1 good scoring line.

    The 4th line of Martinsen-Kruger-Hayden looks like it can be an effective banger line.

    It’s the other 2 forward lines that are no where close to being good enough.

  • September 28, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Can a 6th Rd pick be a bust?

  • September 28, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    My opinion only but I think I would rather any one of these guys in a bottom 6 role role this year vs what we currently have : Hartman, Hinostroza, Duclair, and Jurco.

  • September 28, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Not disagreeing, with you.

    BOS played in the worst division in hockey and we are in the hardest.
    5 of the 7 worst teams in hockey are in BOS division.

    Which means,
    BOS might not have made playoffs in central last yr.
    CHI would have been4 seed in BPS division.

    Other then that, yea like BOS got 4 top prospects from a couple yrs drafts.
    CHI just got 4 like Prospects in the last two drafts.
    Should then see similar results once those prospects are playing,
    and rememeber central is hardest, and
    BOS division has 5 of 7 worst teams in hokcey.

    other then that, sure.

  • September 28, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Hinostroza be a nice fit but moving Hossa contract the priority in that decision. Think Beaudin will make Hartman trade worth it, Duclair and Jurco you know what you had but ceiling seemed to be low for them. I hope/think there is potential for some of these young guys to develop into bottom 6 this year. Sikura may take time to adapt but that shouldn’t really be a surprise.
    The route of drafting and developing is happening and may turnaround fairly fast. Thats the salary cap era and Bowmans seems to be avoiding cap hell territory again.

    Just a thought but a salary cap is supposed to address ufa signings that givie certain teams a leg up. If they really want teams to develop why not have salaries of drafted players by an organization not count against salary cap until they reach the age of ufa eligibility. Too late for alot that have left but could allow teams to keep players longer than just elc to see if they want keep them. I know some loop holes to close but may allow teams who want to compete that reward their stars the ability keep some young talent on rosters too.

  • September 28, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    ER, I think were really better then last yr.
    With Crow or without.
    That the ufas are ok players (they better be) and we should be a tad better with an NHL goalie, even if hes the 30th best.

    We were 17-11 with Crow, with last yrs defense and stuff.
    What ever we are this yr, its ok. Just tank if record not good to make playoffs.

    One thing, this yr the 1st 40 games we have a harder sch. and the 2nd 40 games the sch is easier.

    Its a crazy area to be in, while we wait for those guys to get here and then were deep again, what to think/rout for.

  • September 28, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I tell ya what. Being the best team in hockey, other then the red wings, since the Islanders and Oilers. This is tuff, last yr and this yr, of trying to maintain your composure while we wait to get deep again/reload.

  • September 28, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Hartman, too volatile. Too many penalties. Too inconsistent.

    Hinostroza, not a bottom 6 player. Top 6 type skill set. Talent wise, he’s better than the bottom 6 the Hawks have. The problem is he doesn’t have a bottom 6 skillset. He’s not going to check. He’s not going to pk. He skates fast. Faster than his hands, and that’s his problem.

    Duclair- took a league minimum deal to play for Columbus. Being an RFA his qualifying offer would have been 1.2 million. Seems foolish to pay him nearly double what he’s worth.

    Jurco- he’s still looking for work.

  • September 28, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    I have been a Stan backer for a long time but he has lost me.
    He should be called in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to explain the Saad for Panerin deal.
    You don’t get over trading one of best players in the league for a third line plug.
    The Hawks will start the year 2-7-1

  • September 28, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Bread Man comes back. Then we gain 15 and 20 for free.
    That would be a very welcome result to all those trades involving those guys.

  • September 28, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Getting Boqvist, another top 5 pick, and Bread Man back, to go along with Four good defenseman would be what we need to get back.

  • September 28, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    I hope you guys who are optimistic are right, obviously – I would prefer them being better than what they’ve shown so far in the preseason. But it’s hard to find much optimism for this coming season. I hoped Sikura would step in to a top-6 role and have a rookie season similar to DCat last season – that doesn’t look likely now. I hoped Jokiharju would look more ready for the NHL than he has thus far shown. I hoped CC would be ready to play by now. I hoped Saad would look like the Saad from a few years ago. With all the talk about Seabrook droping weight and being in top shape I hoped it would result in more quickness – not seeing it. I hoped Q would understand this is a rebuilding year and coach accordingly rather than prioritizing winning each game over building a team for the future – not happening as evidence shows with both Kunitz and Martinsen in the lineup at the same time.

    Now, there is one more preseason game left so maybe things will look better after the game tomorrow … but right now I’m definitely more pessimistic than optimistic.

  • September 28, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Sorry ERNIE, who won the Cup last year? Was it Boston or Tampa Bay??? Oh yeah, the CAPS! How many high picks were on that team, curious???

    Ben Eager, 1st round 23rd pick, Arizona 6’2″
    Tomas Kopecky, 2nd round ,38th pick Detroit 6’3″
    Marian Hossa, 1st round, 12th pick 6’1″ Ottawa
    Toews, 1st round, 2rd pick, Chicago 6’2″ Chicago
    Kane, 1st round, 1st pick Chicago 5’11” Chicago
    Kris Versteeg, 5th round, 134th pick, 5’11”, Boston
    Andrew Ladd, 1st round, 4thpick, 6’3″ Carolina
    Bryan Bickell, 2nd round, 41st pick, 6’4″ Chicago
    Patrick Sharp, 3rd round, 95th pick 6’1″ Flyers
    Dave Bolland, 2nd round, 32nd pick, 6’0″ Chicago
    Dustin Byfuglien, 8th round, 245th pick, 6’5″ Chicago
    Michael Frolic, 1st round, 10th pick, 6’1″ Florida….
    Hjalmarsson, 4th round, 108th pick, 6’3″ Chicago

    I digress…Forgot Teuvo 1st rounder, Saad 2nd rounder, Crawford 3rd rounder, Campbell 1st rounder, Seabrook 1st rounder, Keith 2nd rounder, Brad Richards 2nd rounder, Vermette 2nd rounder…..
    Whatever, obviously the picture is clear and Ernie as you see, even Ben Eager was a 1st rounder. The majority were high picks and had size except for superstar KANE!!!

  • September 29, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Please Coach Q, stop tinkering with SAAD. He needs to be in the top six along with 8 and 88.
    AA is a 3rd line centre and #8 is a centre period. Obsessing over faceoffs is crazy. The great one #99 and SAVY were awful on faceoffs, who cares, let Nick play where he can shine which is at centre.

  • September 29, 2018 at 1:36 am

    And 11 of the first 16 leading scorers on the Hawks last year were 1st or 2nd Rd picks.

    In 2017 Pittsburgh was 20th in size. Vancouver and Colorado were tied for 6th. Clearly size and wins are not mutually inclusive. Draft and sign for talent first and foremost. It’s why Debrincat fell. Clearly he had talent…but he didn’t have size that you and others think is a prerequisite. Does anyone think he would have lasted until 39 if there was a 2016 re-draft?

    Last year’s rosters by average draft position the Hawks were 16th. The Capitals were 1…but the Rangers were number 2, Hurricanes 3, Canucks 4, Devil’s 5. San Jose was 31. Boston, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Anaheim were 25-28.

    So clearly draft position isn’t a precursor to success either.

    Is your next argument age?

    Hawks were 13th. Arizona 3rd, Montreal 9th. Washington 19. Tampa 20.

    Youngest team was 25. Oldest was Detroit at 28.9

    So. We know know size, draft position, and age are not good indicators of success or failure. All three of those the Hawks were fairly close to the middle of the pack. Talent, much less quantifiable…is the only thing that brings wins. And talent doesn’t have to be drafted high. Talent comes in all shapes, sizes, nationalities, and leagues. It often is drafted high, but a high draft pick means nothing almost immediately after the draft. Hell, Yakupov was the consensus number 1 pick and he’s out of the league. Grigorenko was another…he had size and was a high draft pick.

    Speaking of Grigorenko…he has 10 points in 11 games. Leads his team. Shalunov is also on that team and has 3 points in 10 games. Forget about him coming over. Please.

    Saad is getting paid like a top 6 player. He’s one of Q’s guys, at least he was. When he was in Columbus Tortorella benched Saad almost the full 3rd period…in a playoff game! Quenneville has his faults. But he was voted by 500 NHL players as the one they’d most like to play for. He doesn’t give ice time handouts. He keeps players honest. He wants to play Saad with Schmaltz and Kane. The problem is, Saad hasn’t earned that right. His play this preseason has lacked inspiration. He looks like a guy that doesn’t care. Power forwards often have this problem of not always showing up. And this has been something that started before he came back here. His high water mark point wise is 53. Last year he had 35. Other players making the money he makes…
    Eberle- 59 points
    Forsberg-64 points(in 67 games)
    Huberdeau- 69 points

    He really needs to put up numbers close to 55-60 points. He’s capable. But he’s streaky. 60 is probably asking too much. But even if they get his career high of 53, that’s a plus 18 over last year.

  • September 29, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Saad will be Stan’s best trade deadline chip. Some team like Nashville did with Hartman will likely cough up a 1st rounder and a prospect. Add to that losing his $6million salary and that would give us that much money to work with on 7/1

  • September 29, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Craig-I remember seeing this ‘man-child’ in the OHL with his ability to skate, handle the puck, play physical when needed, and to put fear in the minds of opposing defenceman and think how far he has fallen out of relevance is amazing. What to heck has happened?

  • September 29, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Blackhawks lineup in morning skate
    Saad-Schmaltz Kane

    … whatever

  • September 29, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Craig, I don’t know about Saad as a TDL trade chip because if he plays well enough for a team to take on 2 more years @ $6M, then why would the Hawks trade him?

  • September 29, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Hope he sits Martinsen and switches Sikura and Kunitz around some. Johnson has the flue.

  • September 29, 2018 at 11:02 am

    I have been a Q apologist over the years and not joined the growing number of Hawks fans that want Q replaced, but I don’t know that I can continue to do so. This season is different and in my opinion calls for a different approach to the decision making by the coach. No longer should the priority be to win each game over the development of players who could potentially be pieces of future team success. If Q is coaching to save his job by getting as many standing points as possible – then he is not coaching with player development as his top priority. Wins and player development don’t necessarily need to be mutually exclusive but there can be only one TOP priority. Playing Kunitz and Martinsen, two players that have zero chance of being pieces of a future contending Hawks roster, is evidence that Q’s top priority is not what it needs to be. Young players like Kampf, Johnson, Kahun, Highmore and others do have potential to be pieces of that future contending roster – Kunitz and Martinsen should not be taking their ice time.

  • September 29, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Saying Leafs may look to move Nylander for a defenceman that can help win now. Wonder if asking Keith to waive nmc to make a deal be good idea. Depending on Crawford, maybe making Sparks a part of it after he clears waivers so he can be sent down to minors to protect him if needed.
    Sparks and Nalimov may solidify future in nets. Let Forsling, Tuulola play this year and see what they look like etc. in long term with Beaudin a year or 2 away on left side and have top 6 forward who has potential to be a top center also.

  • September 29, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Saader looks like he was abducted by aliens when he was in eastern conference/or home in summer in PIT.

  • September 29, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Another thing is its a major difference, during 2 transitions yrs or not, without 81/4 and last yr 50 as well. We have those guys we were the 1 seed record wise. Who cares about record/we want skill/better playoff players/roster.

    So it makes it look waaaay worse then it really is, even for transition. Especially when you do not have your top3 goalie and two ahl goalies/nothing against those guys.

  • September 29, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Were at were were at. ok.
    Would be pretty smart, when you now you have to transition/not to tank-to have not as good of roster for two yrs and get two high end players in this next wave.
    The Calvary is coming again, the question is is guys like Saader and others going to be part of the core when those guys are ready.
    I donot think its about cap hit, its about the player being as good as they are or we might have to do certain thing. When were deep again, then yea, cap hits need to be accordingly.

    We have lots of options.
    I think its genius, not for watching these two yrs, to reload that way.
    It also get teams like NAS and WIN and others/TB and TOR to blow their best yrs by the time/yr were deep again and getting better each yr season 20 and 21 and on.
    Of course there’ll be other top 5 teams then.

  • September 29, 2018 at 11:36 am

    ER, the more I read and see, it just plain old sucks.
    Looking at what were doing long term wise is why I am not pissed these yrs/last yr and this yr. It might be a blessing for two high end players, which will play a huge part in winning the 4th Cup.

  • September 29, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Another thought not keeping young guys right now is that the first part of the season is a struggle and until it plays out, maybe letting them play in Rockford may be better for them now. Rather than risk ruining their confidence.

  • September 29, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Mo, I’m not down on the future and actually am happy they didn’t sign a UFA for big buck or trade important assets for short term gain (Panarin/Karlsson/etc). My (potential) beef is how this season will be handled young guys versus old guys getting playing time.

    Ian, I agree that with certain players Rockford is the right move. Guys like Sikura and Joki are better off gaining pro experience in Rockford than being a part of what looks to be a royal shitshow in Chicago. But, guys that look ready to play in the NHL like Kampf, Highmore, Johnson, Dahlstrom and even Kahun should be getting playing time instead of Kunitz, Martinsen and Davidson because those 3 in particular are at best place holders and won’t be on the 2020/21 roster.

  • September 29, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Same way.
    We just got to pay our dues to be deep again,
    and add to the dynasty we are achieved.

    Which is the only one since, other then red wings, Islanders and Oilers.

    19/88/2 deserve to have 4 times on Cup,
    something only guys from those two teams did, going way back.

  • September 29, 2018 at 6:01 pm




    or Kakko!!! Cozens!!! Lavoie!! Dach!! All of these guys have SIZE

    Hope Hawks- Make TDL move… and land another 1st round Pick!!!

  • September 29, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    That would be 6 1sts in 3 drafts. 7 if we trade two players at deadline.

  • September 29, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you baby Jesus for the signing of Davidson ,now please send Jokiharju to where ever he came from ,.,.,.you know the place where there is no contact or physical involvement in hockey .

  • September 29, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Manly Manning might be the missing link , well at lest he can lay an opponent on his ass ,something we have not seen in a year or two .

  • September 29, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    How much else would you have to toss in in a Saad for Nylander deal? Forsling?

  • September 29, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I think tonight’s roster is the opening night roster. I have no problem sending the kids down for a bit. Sikura didn’t thrill me last year. I like Kahun. Not sure if it’s Kahun and Debrincat or just Toews…but he looks like he’s got an extra hitch in his giddy up.

    As far as kids being sent down…have you ever bit into a green banana? How about one that’s just a little over ripe?

    The D is what concerns me most…still. and there’s not much they can do about it.

  • September 29, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Tonight’s game was like a scrimmage. Sadly Toews and his spin move on the half boards resulted in the same thing as always, a wipeout. Nor could he go wide and beat anybody.

    Jokiharju is not an NHL defenseman yet. He was fine tonight in an exhibition game but the eye test tells me he resembles Rundblad.

    I like Kuhun and his energy. I also really like Gustafsson. He looks like a much more confident player at this level than he ever did in the past two years.

    Just my 2 cents.

  • September 29, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Toews looks good IMO – definitely spryer out there and making faster decisions

    Q saying he’ll make two changes for opening night roster

    My guess is Rutta in for Davidson and Johnson in for Martinsen or Hayden

    I’m glad they sent Sikura down – he’ll be back and better for it plus Kampf deserves a shot – he looks solid plus he’s fast which AA’s line needs

  • September 29, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Have to disagree about Jokijarju-I see lots of potential while acknowledging the mistakes and areas he needs to improve on. Rundblad, no way.

  • September 29, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Cup teams have balance. Size and skill is a winning combination and small players with elite skill can play especially if they see LADD, BUFF, HOSSA, SAAD BICKELL on their lines.
    Finding players like Panarin is a crapshoot, but the bottom line is there is elite talent in Rockford which falls soley on BOWMAN and Kelley. His performance with free agents is a disaster and his childish arogant reaction after the NASHVILLE series loss by trading HAMMER and PANARIN who were not the problem was shameful. He should have traded Anisimov instead in a hockey trade to get a prospect left winger for TEOWS.
    And where is GAUTHIER??? Worse Pro scout ever. If you want to try a free agent or PTO or a minor league hockey deal, target players with pedigree (ex-1st or 2nd rounders that need a change of scenary). Guys like Thomas Hickey, Ty Rattie, or today Simon Despres, Xavier Ouellett, or Sabres waived Bailey and Baptiste (ex-2nd & 3rd rounders). Signing WARD, KUNITZ, MANNING and DAVIDSON shuts out Forsling, Dalhstrom, KNOTT, FORTIN, HIGHMORE, CARLSON. Why were those guys signed? Just dumb.
    And stop the SIKURA hype Mr.Bowman.

  • September 29, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Graham Knott? That’s who you your?!

  • September 29, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    I thought Tazer was was a 3rd line center these days.
    Going to be nice to see some core guys play better then last yr, with a fuller group of FWs this yr and getting better going forward.
    8 and 12 will keep getting better and better.

    Were stuck with who we have on D until those guys are ready.
    FWs had to do it last two yrs, now the D does/wait for 8 and 12 to be ready.

    Prob not a good record to start, if not worse then 4-6, we could be 25-20 and have Crow back. 2nd 40 is easier sch by a lot. or better to get another top 5 pick. Whos knows right now.

  • September 30, 2018 at 6:05 am

    Agree Wrap Rutta for Davidson is the obvious switch for ooening night. I think if Johnson is added it could be Martinsen who sits too.

    Jokiharju makes some rookie mistakes but thats expected, he seees the ice well, makes good passes and hss bern moving puck pretty good.
    He uses his stick very good so far which along with keeping your feet moving is how smaller quick players are taught to mske thenselves play bigger. He does get caught flatfooted at times which he needs to improve on.

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