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07-23-2009, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by HockeyinHD View Post
Fugu, it was a stupid signing. By this point, I should think that is obvious. By going the LTIR route for the first half of the season, however, the Hawks accomplish the following things:

1) They don't have to trade Patrick Sharp this year. Yes, they are probably still going to lose at least one if not two of the group of Kane, Towes and Keith by the start of the 2010 season, but at least it's not those guys PLUS Sharp.

2) They can sell Hossa's late arrival on the team as 'their trade deadline move' to a fan base that is probably going to be really leery of the team by that point, given their goaltending situation.

I don't know who made the final call on the Hossa signing... and by the way, Kopecky's making 1.2 mil (!!) for them as well... but whoever did that screwed up pretty badly. Chicago is in the same situation now that Detroit was entering last season, cap wise. They had some room to make a one-year offer, but the RFA situation was going to absorb quite a bit of cap space moving forward.

So, rather than doing the intelligent thing like Ken Holland... using the space you have now but allowing yourself flexibility moving forward... what the Hawks have done is totally kill themselves. They are done, capwise. They have this year, a year which will feature Cristobal freaking Huet as the #1, to win a Cup. After this year, they are borked.
I agree it was a stupid signing. A team with the kind of talent Chicago has in their youngsters does not need Hossa-- at $5+ MM cap hit. I can see adding some veteran leadership, a la Dallas Drake or Gary Roberts-type players..... but this didn't make any sense to me.

Yet, what makes the Hawks more screwed cap-wise is the two earlier signings, in Huet and Campbell. Those are by far greater overpayments than Hossa. Hossa wasn't exactly necessary. Campbell and Huet were just incredibly bad decisions all the way around.

Well, let's see if Hossa does end up with surgery and how Bowman tries to maneuver out of this mess. I think the decisions were McDonaugh's and he's still around....