18 thoughts on “Brandon Pirri Named All-Star Game MVP

  • February 12, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I hope all the other GM’s took note … price just went up :)

  • February 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Brandon Bollig. Fringe NHL player. He’s played 60 games this season.

    Brandon Pirri. AHL leading scorer. AHL All-Star MVP. He’s played 28 games this season.

    Why is Brandon Bollig allowed to make defensive mistakes, take stupid penalties, and be worthless on offense, while Brandon Pirri can’t get consistent minutes? Because Bollig throws a few useless hits a game? Because he can “defend” a teammate and get his ass kicked?

    Q knows best. Two rings!

    Q knows so much he put Daniel Carcillo on the first line last year and sent Brandon Saad back to the AHL. You know, the Brandon Saad that almost made the Olympic roster. I actually can’t believe the Hawks won the Stanley Cup with Joel Quenneville’s top left wing only playing 27 playoff minutes.


  • February 13, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Brauwk-Brauwk Pirri the Wonder-Hog!!!

  • February 13, 2014 at 7:43 am

    JS are you being sarcastic? Possibly disparaging?

  • February 13, 2014 at 7:50 am

    ER, JS and Wall…..Agree with all of your posts. I think that Pirri’s trade value is as high as it is gonna get as a Hawk property. I also agree with JS that if nothing else Q did not put Pirri into a situation where he could excel. Always on the defensive with the coach is not the best formula for success in the NHL. However, Wall makes a good point. There are players who are standouts in the AHL and never adapt to the NHL. Pirri may very well be one of those players. Let’s just hope another team sees him as an NHL player and we get something for him.

  • February 13, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Pirri isn’t going to be a star in the NHL by any means, but he deserves more than 28 games of being dicked around.

  • February 13, 2014 at 8:59 am

    JS, I agree with you completely that Pirri probably deserved better or more opportunity with the big club. Comparing him to Bollig may be unfair because they have different roles within the team. Agree completely that Bollig is not as skilled as Pirri, but he is a decent 4th liner. Pirri was tasked with doing something different. I think the comparison to Carbomb when Q played him on the first line last year is better, because when that happened I did have to say what the hell is going on here.

  • February 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I listened to the latest (archived) podcast by Chris Block at the Committed Indian website and there’s about 10 minutes (out of a 90 minute podcast, thank God for fast forward) where he talks about Pirri’s situation. His take on it is that Pirri (and also Morin) were sent back to Rockford for financial reasons – to give give them less leverage for renegotiating thier post ELC contract this summer. He thought that Pirri would have had to play well to override the financial reason for sending him down. He played well when he was first called up but then his scoring dried up and he was sent back to Rockford. He also thought Pirri is an insurance policy in case of injuries so even if they plan to trade him it may be better to wait until after the playoffs.

    I think there is some merit in this line of thinking and maybe that’s the answer to the big mystery.

  • February 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    We all know Pirri is a better hockey player than Bollig. But there is more to it. First, Bollig is a fine 4th liner. Also, Bollig can’t just “go down to rockford” the way pirri can. If he gets waived/claimed we lose him. If management likes what 52 brings, you dont risk losing him. If Pirri was playing awesome everynight, he would be here over Zus, no question… but we didnt see that. Its not a knock on him though… it happens with young players. They go up and down as the season goes.

    But the point ER brought up it probably exactly why he rides the shuttle. When he isnt keeping production up, you move him to rockford and lessen the $$$ amount he may ask for in the offseason. The Hawks can play the “you didnt even play “X” games or score “X” goals” card. Yes, it was there own doing but thats the point.

  • February 13, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Remember when the Sharks gave Burish a 4 year $7.4M contract? Hah.

    As I’ve said before, I have nothing against Brandon Bollig. I think he’s highly overvalued by Hawks fans because he has a sweet beard and used to get in a lot of fights. Much like Adam Burish, Ben Eager, Colin Fraser, etc. Funny story, so many people said that the Hawks missed those guys last year. Colin Fraser was recently sent to the AHL (HOW CAN THAT GUY CLEAR WAIVERS- SO VALUABLE). Ben Eager has been back and forth from the AHL. Adam Burish? Well he can’t stay healthy and most Sharks fans shed a tear when they are reminded of his contract.

    He is, without question, the worst player on the Hawks… which I guess is like being the worst player on the ’92 Dream Team, but I digress. The amount of love the guy gets for his 2.1 hits and and .1 goals per game is pretty crazy.

    There is a 90% chance that the Hawks trade Pirri before the draft. I’m not sure how bouncing him around between the NHL and AHL increases his value. Then again, Handzus took Bolland’s job last year and the Hawks still got a pretty sweet package for him. Hell yeah Stanley Cup winning goal scorer! (Nonis is also, quite possibly, the worst GM in the league)

    Anyway, I just wanted to see what the kid could do with a full season of consistent play. I guess we’ll have to wait to watch him next year with a different team.

  • February 13, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    ER- I agree w/ the comment about keeping the cost/price down on Morin… he can skate a little…

    Pirri- just doesn’t skate well enough to be a Hawk in Q’s eyes- (my Opinion)

  • February 14, 2014 at 4:11 am

    I think ER is right. Unless we add another center (besides 12/96) I think we probably will keep 37 until draft. Can 12 or 96 be good enough back ups.

    In the fall, centers are 19, 86, 65, 16 and whoever we add during fa. (Its possible 37 could be on roster next season, if we do not add another center during fa). I am not sure whos available as fa center.

    Until other prospects (60) are ready, 52 could be here too.


  • February 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Brandon Pirri can go join other limited NHL types Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen in NHL purgatory. He is not, and never will be, a functioning top 12 forward on a perennial playoff contender. So if it will make Sr Brad’s fucking parrot and JS his sidekick happy, then trade him to some bottom feeder where he can put up 20 meaningless goals a season for 12th place team.

    He can’t skate and has zero two way game. In terms of the Hawks, he’s useless.

  • February 14, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Brandon Pirri has nothing on Superhero Phillip Danault who will no question be up by the Holidays to take over that 2C position and lead the Hawks to the Super Bowl!

  • February 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Phil Danualt can skate and play two-way hockey. He is a distinctly more talented player that Brandon Pirri. Whether Danualt amounts to anything in the NHL remains to be seen. It’s fair to say that at this point. But regardless, he’s a better talent that Pirri and I would pick him 100 times out of 100 over Pirri.

  • February 14, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I don’t think any of you realize the player Pirri will become in the NHL…now, with his average skating, will that be for the Hawks??? It might have been if not for TT, but the Hawks seem sure about TT, so there is nowhere for Pirri…and obviously playing in the AHL, like Morin, just isn’t helping anymore, so likely BOTH will get moved at or before the deadline…and I’m okay with that, but I will say it here again…Brandon Pirri is going to make a good NHL player and a solid 2nd line Centre…he has great vision, he passes insanely well, and has a WICKED shot…now, I discount anything anyone says, like dufus, who simply hasn’t watched him enough…and the same goes for Danault…I have watched Danault play likely a hundred times more than dufus, thus anything he says about him is mostly worthless…

    Personally, I know that Danault will make a good NHL player, hopefully for the Hawks, but for Phillip, its going to be likely another year and half away…great kid though, and excellent character…

  • February 14, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Hogs vs. Wolves…puck about to drop if anyone sees this…just follow the link I gave and enjoy the game…it will be a good one.

  • February 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I really like Danault. When hes ready he will be a good role player. Like Shawzer.

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