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05-29-2012, 01:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Sarava View Post
I'm personally not comfortable with throwing the weight on an otherwise Stanley Cup ready team on Crawford's shoulders...since he couldn't handle that weight this past season.

As for prospects...I totally agree with you. There's probably going to be guys ready for the NHL that won't have a spot available for them. Especially with rumors that Q is demanding that the front office give him more vets and less rookies.

Jeremy Morin, Brandon Saad and Kyle could be argued that all 3 deserve a shot right now, but there's probably only room for one of them max. The Hawks might need to favor Beach in a scenario such as this, because the clock is ticking on how long the Hawks can control him.

That doesn't even get in to guys like Jimmy Hayes and Ben Smith and Brandon Pirri, who are all likely to get little to no chance at a roster spot.

I've thought many times the Hawks should have consolidated their assets to trade up for blue chippers. Perhaps their method worked out well, because it landed Saad at #43. Either way, I hope they trade up this year if something is there.
no way the hawks favour beach over saad. first of all, leaving aside beach's "ceiling" i think saad vs. beach currently reveals saad as being way more high end (and he doesn't carry the same "disaster quotient" that beach does). if nothing else, if we let saad play and he does well we can (1) pencil him in as a top-6; or (2) [maybe even better???] package him for a more experienced top-6 forward...

...out of curiosity, leaving aside ppl who are in their last yr of a deal re; 12/13...does anyone know who might be a ufa in summer of 2013.??

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