30 min ago lebrun tweeted hawks still in negotiations with toews/kane.
I have to believe the Toews and Kane signings aren't going to coincide with the signing of a 2C...whomever it is. I have to believe that anything the Hawks do today will impact what they sign Toews and Kane for, and as such, they're definitely in communication with the two to see how they can make contracts work while simultaneously improving the team around them. I obviously don't know this for sure, but it's just a feeling I have.
the funny part of all this is the complaints about our competition getting better and the moves they are making is just allowing these teams to even catch up to us. the Hawks haven't done a thing really yet besides let go some dead weight and Anaheim, Dallas, etc are still behind us overall IMO. Are they closing the gap? yes, they are, but they certainly haven't passed us yet with their moves. Shows you how deep and talented we truly are.
I would still love a legit #2C, but we are still the big dogs in our division make no mistake about it.
Hawks are an injury to Toews away from Shaw and Kruger being our 1/2 C's
Can the people defending Bowman at least admit it is depressing seeing actual #2C option on market and they are going for scraps
Kesler would have fit cap wise with 2 simple moves (Bickell + one of Rozy/Versteeg or Leddy)
That Angelo comparison is good
Hawks didn't want to give up TT and or Saad...I can respect that big time...
I agree watching other teams get players kind of sucks every year, but how do you think these other teams feel every year seeing us throw out there Keith, Seabs, Hammer, Hossa, Kane, Toews, Sharp, Shaw, Saad, etc.. for those fans and teams it is a season long nightmare to be in our skates.
And what happened in this years playoff vs Kings? Did not a glaring hole finally get exposed?
And the Hawks aren't that far off from being back to level of team that couldn't get out of first round a few years ago
But yeah lets pretend all is well
The hawks didn't lose because of a lack of a center. They lost because their PK fell apart and because of a wild bounce in OT. Really the biggest difference was the Kings were healthy this year and had a few kids step up. Having Shaw hurt to start the series hurt a lot.