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01-18-2013, 07:22 AM
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So bad that Tallon got a standing ovation in the cafeteria for signing

Khabby, Aucoin, Lapointe and Spacek

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01-18-2013, 08:34 AM
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The Hawks were a complete mess. Almost something like some bad high school team just thrown together and put on the ice. Defense was a complete joke. Keith and Seabrook were rookies. Still wasnt decided if Keith would play forward or d. No continuity, no rotation. Imagine 6 Cam Barkers on the ice.

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01-18-2013, 08:52 AM
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hopeless and hapless

we stunk and deserved every negative thing the media about the team

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01-18-2013, 09:04 AM
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Was waiting for someone to mention him.

Guy was a power forward with skill, scored 30+ 3 times and if it weren't for back issues could have been a real good player for a long time.

For me the low point was 98-99, yes this team had missed the play-offs for a few years but there where still competative. That year though the Hawks finished near the bottom of the NHL and traded Chelios to the Redwings, of all the teams to trade him to the REDWINGS! That year was the hardest year to remain of Hawks fan after, it seemed the team had just given up.
THIS.

Back then I was just a kid and had no idea how the business side of the sports world worked. When I found out Chelios left to Detroit I was so mad I refused to play NHL 94 (still the best hockey game ever made) because I didn't want to play as Chelios and I refused to play as any other team than Chicago. I got over it a week later.

While that was devastating the early 2000s were easily the most embarrassing time to be a Hawks fan.

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01-18-2013, 09:17 AM
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Just look at the boxscore in the spring for most of the teams from 98' through 2007.

It was just horrid. Poapst, Nikulaus, Remi Royer, smooth skatin' Dennis Bonvie, the promising Danny Richmond, Jamie Allison, Marha, Barinka, Anders Eriksson, Smolek and Brad Brown at the back, the "ABC line", Lorne Molleken, Alpo, and the hits just stacked up one after the other. It seemed like there were a dozen different names each year (couple exceptions) that had no business being up with a NHL team. Some of those nightmares we had to watch for multiple years too.

Some of those teams went on some of the longest stretches of brutal hockey one might imagine taking place in Chicago. Kind of like watching the Cubs last year, only without the talent.

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01-18-2013, 09:17 AM
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hopeless and hapless

we stunk and deserved every negative thing the media about the team
What little media coverage there was of the team. The Blackhawks were the forgotten team in Chicago for almost 10 years.

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01-18-2013, 09:20 AM
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It seemed like there were a dozen different names each year (couple exceptions) that had no business being up with a NHL team. Some of those nightmares we had to watch for multiple years too.
Burke Henry and Jonathan Aitken came to mind when I read this.

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01-18-2013, 09:24 AM
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I'll always remember the Russians in the Mike Smith era :Zhamnov, Mironov, Yakubov, Vorobiev, and most infamously Karpovtsev.

Also, all the retreads and players at the end of their career. Fleury, Housley, Bondra, Coffey, etc

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01-18-2013, 09:33 AM
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Don't forget Ruutu. One of the few bright spots of those teams, insofar as his being a genuinely competent player.
Ruutu was hardly a bright spot, unless you were a fan of naked hottubbing.

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01-18-2013, 09:39 AM
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I'll always remember the Russians in the Mike Smith era :Zhamnov, Mironov, Yakubov, Vorobiev, and most infamously Karpovtsev.

Also, all the retreads and players at the end of their career. Fleury, Housley, Bondra, Coffey, etc
The Fleury and Housley pickups were awesome only due to the Columbus strip fight.

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01-18-2013, 09:40 AM
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The Fleury and Housley pickups were awesome only due to the Columbus strip fight.
Weren't the Hawks giving Fleury the Dez Bryant treatment at that time too?

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Don't forget the Tyler Arnason-Brian Sutter fight in a Nashville bar. What a **** show this entire franchise was.

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01-18-2013, 09:53 AM
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Weren't the Hawks giving Fleury the Dez Bryant treatment at that time too?
Paying the guy like 200k a year to protect Fluery if I recall.

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Burke Henry and Jonathan Aitken came to mind when I read this.
Not sure to laugh or cry.

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Don't forget the Tyler Arnason-Brian Sutter fight in a Nashville bar. What a **** show this entire franchise was.
That was a special moment overshawdowed by the CLB fun.

What a franchise we had to cheer for then.

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01-18-2013, 10:10 AM
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I can't believe nobody has mentioned Chris Simon.
When I was 11 I went to a game in Buffalo and he told me to f off when I asked for an autograph before the pre-game skate.

Those teams were awful. Half the team in the early 2000's seemed to be Leaf retreads which all my friends were quick to inform me of.

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01-18-2013, 10:27 AM
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What little media coverage there was of the team. The Blackhawks were the forgotten team in Chicago for almost 10 years.
They still are sometimes. Today Waddle and Silvy have a poll going with five sporting events for the weekend and what everyone was most looking forward to. Hawks game wasn't even an option.

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01-18-2013, 10:27 AM
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Not sure to laugh or cry.
My brother and I ran into Burke Henry at least twice at the Hunt Club during his time in Chicago. He was always alone and nobody knew who he was besides us.

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01-18-2013, 11:22 AM
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Ruutu was hardly a bright spot, unless you were a fan of naked hottubbing.
Hahahaha.

Just meant that he was one of the few decent NHL-quality players the Hawks put on the ice during those years.

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01-18-2013, 11:29 AM
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Read em and weep. Just click on your favorite year.

http://www.hockeydb.com/stte/chicago...awks-5218.html

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01-18-2013, 11:32 AM
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I remember a season opener years ago at Nashville where the Hawks won, 8-6, or something absurd. Handzus had a good game. They had some awful and odd games over the years.

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01-18-2013, 11:36 AM
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I think Havlat scored 6 points that game. He was the first elite talent we had in a long time.

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01-18-2013, 11:42 AM
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I think Havlat scored 6 points that game. He was the first elite talent we had in a long time.
An excellent trade by Tallon, for sure.

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01-18-2013, 11:45 AM
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They still are sometimes. Today Waddle and Silvy have a poll going with five sporting events for the weekend and what everyone was most looking forward to. Hawks game wasn't even an option.
Well Mac & Speigs had Q on and have been talking about the game quite a bit.

ESPN 1000 is terrible, only time I ever put it on is for a national game, like the BCS Championship or baseball playoffs.

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I remember a season opener years ago at Nashville where the Hawks won, 8-6, or something absurd. Handzus had a good game. They had some awful and odd games over the years.
For me the Handzus injury was one of my most depressing moments as a young fan. They had been total suck for years at that point, but the preseason and 1st few games had looked promising. And then he goes down and POOF!, it was all straight downhill.


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For me the Handzus moments was one of my most depressing moments as a young fan. They had been total suck for years at that point, but the preseason and 1st few games had looked promising. And then he goes down and POOF!, it was all straight downhill.
No C depth!

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Well Mac & Speigs had Q on and have been talking about the game quite a bit.

ESPN 1000 is terrible, only time I ever put it on is for a national game, like the BCS Championship or baseball playoffs.
Yeah Waddle and Silvy admit they aren't big hockey guys. The afternoon show is very hockey-friendly. Mac's always been a big hockey guy.

As for Handzus, it's good in hindsight that he went down because had he played that whole season the team would've done, at least seemingly, at least somewhat better in the standings and thus may have missed the chance to take Kane first overall.

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