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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.