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10-15-2006, 10:19 PM
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Tallon needs to turn over this defense ASAP...

... just as he did the offense this off-season.

I mean, Tallon basically got rid of Ellison, Bell and Calder for Sharp, Havlat and Handzus. If the Hawks still had the first trio instead of the latter, this team would be 0-4 instead of 2-2 this season. For you Hawks fan who were calling for Bell to be named captain (you know who you are), which trio would you rather still have? Yeah, I thought so.

Tallon did a good job of fixing the offense; he now needs to turn over the defense, starting with the young d-men.

Why? First, no one is gonna take Aucoin and Cullimore's contracts. Second, given the Hawks history of evaluating, drafting and developing players (look at Ellison, Bell, Calder, and even Ruutu), in a few years I bet Keith, Seabrook, and even Barker and Byfuglien will be disappointing even their most loyal supporters now -- just like Bell and Calder did -- and Ruutu is.

I mean, if you were Tallon, wouldn't you have at least tried to land Jack Johnson from Carolina for Keith, Seabrook, and/or Barker?

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