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06-28-2012, 10:51 PM
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Who knows - maybe Stan will shock the hockey world and pull the trigger on a big deal or sign a big name free agent like Suter ... but odds are against anything bold and decisive.

So where does that leave the Hawks for the upcoming season? In my opinion, like others have posted, it leaves them caught in between going all in this year or planning to go all in 3 years from now. Getting caught in between is the worst situation because it leads to average - not good enough to win and not bad enough to start over.

On the other hand, there is some merit in the hope that some of the young players may be better this coming season and it's hard to fathom the special teams will be as bad next season as they were in 2011/12. Those two factors alone could make the difference in winning a playoff round or two. At least if progress is made it would be building toward being even better the following year. What can't happen is to be in the same spot a year from now with the same holes in the lineup and none of the prospects having gotten any meaningful NHL game experience.

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