Blackhawks one win from hoisting the Stanley Cup

What’s that old saying about Democrat voters in Chicago…that come election day, they vote early and often. Well, if that is the case then the Chicago Blackhawks showed up for game five with that same attitude, scoring early and often on the Philadelphia Flyers. They built a 3-0 lead in the first period on their way to 7-4 win.

Patrick Sharp and the Chicago Blackhawks moved past the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 Sunday night. They will look to close out the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Patrick Sharp and the Chicago Blackhawks moved past the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 Sunday night. They will look to close out the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Dustin Byfuglien scored twice for Chicago and added another pair of assists. He now has 10 goals and 15 points during the playoffs this spring.

With the win, they could bring an end to the Stanley Cup Finals…and the entire 2009-10 NHL season…Wednesday night back in the city of brotherly love.

However, Flyers fans…and for that matter, Marian Hossa… will be quick to remind us that a year ago the Detroit Red Wings found themselves in exactly the same position the Hawks are. Following a 5-0 game-five win in Motown, the Big Red Borg looked to close out the series against the Penguins in Pittsburgh, but fell 2-1 in game six. They returned to Detroit three days later where the Penguins finished off the Wings by the same 2-1 score.

But if indeed the Blackhawks do win Wednesday night on the road… something neither they for Philly have been able to do yet in this year’s SCF… then it’s quite possible that fans here in Atlanta can begin the Torchetti Watch. It has been widely rumored that the Blackhawks assistant coach is high on Rich Dudley’s wish list for the head coaching position here in Thrasherville.

Either way, there will be something happening with the Blackhawks in Chicago Friday. It’ll be a series-deciding seventh game…or a parade.

Reading Assignments

How much is a Kovalchuk worth? Dmitry Chesnokov explores that very question.

Alan Muir provides his list of possible coaching candidates for those teams in the market this summer.

Speaking of coaches, TSN.com is reporting that the Columbus Blue Jackets have extended an offer to Guy Boucher to be their next bench boss.

Adam Proteau’s good and bad of NHL commisioner Gary Bettman.

137 comments Add your comment

Rawhide

June 7th, 2010
2:59 pm

Rawhide thanks for the update on viewing and the reading assignments.

jack – You’re most welcome…but remember, there will be a test at the end of the week on all reading assignments.

Would Yzerman consider trading St. LePuke to Atlanta? I’m sure Dudley would love to have him here.

Darren – If Tampa Bay did trade away Marty St. Louis, would that be hockey’s version of…ahem…”selling short”?

GaVaHokie

June 7th, 2010
3:03 pm

Eklunds latest…

On Kaberle…

It’s getting much closer. Sources tell me the Devils are also in on this, but the teams to watch are the Penguins, Capitals, Thrashers, Kings and Sabres. Burke has already turned down multiple offers including a few including first round picks. Talking to people close to this situation I can tell you that Brian will not just move Kaberle for a pick. He wants to start winning this year. So a player or two will have to come back for Kaberle.

There are reports the asking price is a scoring winger and some toughness.

Brendan

June 7th, 2010
3:07 pm

Joe Friday, I definitely see what you’re saying. In last night’s game, Cambpell was 2nd by minutes. And Game Five of the Finals, to any reasonable person, is a pretty important game in the history of your franchise.

I wouldn’t think Campbell is 5th in terms of depth, but his minutes have shown up that way, on several occasions during the playoffs. At this NHL link, http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm?fetchKey=20103CHIAASAll&sort=avgTOIPerGame&viewName=summary, it shows Campbell to be 4th, in terms of defensemen, for minutes played (TOI). But minutes played doesn’t mean 4th or 5th on the depth chart, necessarily.

For the whole team, Campbell is 5th in minutes.

1. Duncan Keith: 28:03
2. Brent Seabrook: 23:55
3. N. Hjalmarsson: 20:59
4. J. Toews:
5. B. Campbell: 19:26
6. P. Kane
7. Sopel: 18:44
8. Bolland
9. Hossa
10. Sharpe
———
8:28: N. Boynton
8:08: J. Hendry

I think Campbell is an impressive defensemen. It’s up to Coach Quenneville how to use his personnel. Me, personally, I would have probably played Campbell more than Quenneville has. I don’t see him as 3rd pairing defender, at all. I see him as a Top pairing blueliner, that I might use in my 2nd pairing, depending on who my opponent is.

Truthfully, I am extremely surprised that Quenneville has played Hjalmarsson as much as he has. I can see using Seabrook and D. Keith as the top pairing, but next has to be Brian Campbell, in terms of minutes played. Now, I hear ya. The average TOI difference between Hjalmarsson and Campbell is only 01:33. Honestly, that’s fairly negligible. But I am surprised that Quenneville would opt to go down that route with Hjalmarsson. It’s worked, so far. But I would play Campbell more.

Then again, I’m no coach.

Brendan

June 7th, 2010
3:10 pm

Q: Has Joel Quenneville ever won the Stanley Cup?

Midfield

June 7th, 2010
3:14 pm

Brendan, these guys aren’t about rankings; these guys are all about match-ups, and hence the minutes distribution. This is the only way to win. I may be way off – certainly not way, way, way off, I don’t think -but that’s what been lacking in Bobby Cox’s play-off management, for example.

Lee

June 7th, 2010
3:23 pm

Game 6 may be all Flyers, but Game 7 is all Hawks!

Brendan

June 7th, 2010
3:26 pm

Midfield, I totally see your point. Bobby Cox misjudges the lefty vs. righty matchups with frequency. Bobby also gets a lil sleepy in the sixth inning, and wakes up about the 9th inning. Sadly, Bobby Cox’s last win in the World Series was Game Two, back in 1996, vs. the Yankees. I hope the Braves can send Bobby out with at least an appearance in the NLCS. Of course, I’d want a World Series win. But hey, we’ll take what we can get. At this point, I just want the Braves to make the playoffs.

Rawhide

June 7th, 2010
3:36 pm

Q: Has Joel Quenneville ever won the Stanley Cup?

Brendan – He has his name on the the Stanley Cup as an assistant coach with the Avalanche in when they won it in 1996.

alex

June 7th, 2010
3:52 pm

very rarely disagree with brendan. nhl best league in the world we are enjoing watching the best. why you hoping kovy move to russia. we got enough folks like army, slater, boulton, ets. let get all stars from world in nhl even if they play for enemy team. so i am rooting kovy to reject 14 mil. for st petersburg and sign in any nhl wanted him and hi want to play

GaVaHokie

June 7th, 2010
4:02 pm

I bet Toby Enstrom would be amazing on the Blackhawks… I don’t think Campbell is the right fit for that fast, puck moving team.

Not saying I WANT to swap Enstrom for Campbell… just saying Campbell could still be elite in a different system.

What if we traded Enstrom and the 24th pick for Campbell and Sharp?

Oduya Campbell
Kubina Bogosian
Hainsey Kulda

That would be pretty nice, I think.

World Be Free

June 7th, 2010
4:17 pm

Joe, so you are saying Campbell is better than Seabrooke? Seriously doubt it, or he would have been on the Canadian Olympic Team instead of Seabrooke. I have no issue with Soupy, as a Sabres’ fan, I wish the Sabes would have done the right thing and resigned him. He is decent in his own end, not great. His skill is as a puck mover and point man on the power play, even thought Keith gets just as much time on the on the Chicago power play as Campbell. He’s not worth $7.14M/year, not now or when he was in Buffalo. If the Hawks win the Cup and have to move a bunch of players to keep Campbell, then it’s a bad move. Nobody is going to take his contract. You don’t like Hjalmarsson?

Do us a favor and come up with an original idea, instead of arguing with every else’s ideas. Stop trying to be this blogs version of Mark Bradley.

Lee

June 7th, 2010
4:20 pm

Seabrooke is better than Campbell, hands down….

World Be Free

June 7th, 2010
4:35 pm

Hey Joe, from Spector’s hockey -

“Kevin Allen yesterday reported on the cap problems facing the Chicago Blackhawks this summer. He points out if they demote Cristobal Huet it still won’t leave enough money to re-sign RFAs Antti Niemi, Andrew Ladd and Niklas Hjalmarsson, suggesting if they were to get those three re-signed to combined raises of $7.5 million they’d still be over the cap and would have five or six more players to sign. It means UFAs John Madden, Adam Burish and Kim Johnsson won’t be re-signed while Kris Versteeg or Brent Sopel might have to be deal to make it work. Allen also noted it wouldn’t get easier next summer when Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Seabrook will be seeking raises.”

Hjalmarsson has more ice time, Sopel not far behind your #2 defenseman.

Huet and Campbells’ contracts have screwed Chicago badly. They better win the Cup or it will be another 49 years before they are back.

DWTOO-you are correct on the alternative, for sure.

World Be Free

June 7th, 2010
4:42 pm

GaVA-Burke has to win this year, or risk giving the Bruins 2 high draft picks next season. He wants a playmaker to feed Kessel. Burke will be hard pressed to find such a player, unless he is willing to let the potential trade partner negotiate an extension with Kaberle before the deal is finalized. Rumor has the Sabres offering Drew Stafford one for one. That’s a deal I don’t think Burke will bite on.

“What if we traded Enstrom and the 24th pick for Campbell and Sharp”. Oh but that contract. I think the Hawks are more apt to trade Versteeg, so do we make that deal, plugging in Versteeg for Sharp? I just told Joe that I don’t think Campbell is worth the money, so I would never hear the end of supporting such a deal. Something to consider though.

Joe Friday

June 7th, 2010
4:48 pm

“Do us a favor and come up with an original idea”

Do me a favor and take your skirt off and quit being so paranoid . . .

Joe Friday

June 7th, 2010
4:50 pm

“What if we traded Enstrom and the 24th pick for Campbell and Sharp?”

Every day and twice on Sunday . . .

Brendan

June 7th, 2010
5:13 pm

Alex, I don’t say it to be meanspirited. I just don’t want to watch Kovy succeed with some other team (Los Angeles, NYR, Toronto, etc.). If he really just wants money, then no one can offer him more than the Kontinental Hockey League, which does not have a HARD salary cap. They may not have a cap, at all. And if, after a year or two in Russia, he realizes that he misses playing in the NHL, then maybe Atlanta will have gotten its ownership problems resolved by then??? I would love for Ilya Kovalchuk to return to Atlanta. I’m not ashamed to say that. Ilya Kovalchuk was my #1 favorite Thrasher of all-time. Bygones. That ship has sailed.

I cannot blame Kovalchuk for wanting to leave Atlanta, to play for a team committed to winning the Stanley Cup. I do not blame him for turning down the money Atlanta offered him, to pursue his dreams. I’d rather Kovy spend 2 years in Russia, playing in the KHL, then return in 2012, when we might be more capable to actually pursue a Cup, with a real budget. I’m hallucinating, of course. But every fool can dream.

In the end, Alex, Ilya Kovalchuk will do whatever he darned well pleases. He might sign in LA? He might go somewhere on the East Coast, like NJ, or NYR, or even Toronto. But I personally believe his next NHL team will be all about winning the Cup, and not pursuing the maximum dollars that he can earn. If it’s truly about MAXIMUM DOLLARS he can earn, the KHL is the best way for him to go. No?

MB

June 7th, 2010
5:14 pm

WBF, no doubt the Campbell contract is onerous, to say the least, but I have to disagree…IF they win the Cup, then it’s not a bad deal (nor are the other ones). This is a team that hasn’t had a Cup winner since 1961, so in my opinion any deal(s) that brings that prize to the Windy City is worth it.

Think about it this way…there are currently 30 teams in the NHL. In the history of the league, there have only been 20 different champions, and a couple of those teams no longer exist. Of the teams currently in the league, 13 have never won a Cup. It’s so hard to win that I think you do whatever you have to do to maximize your chances to grab it when you can. That’s why Lamoriello took a risk on Kovy, and it’s why Chicago (and Philly, for that matter) spent like a drunken sailor knowing that it would have to make some tough cuts next season. But it’s all worth it if your team gets to lift the Cup.

And while I agree that it’d be great to battle for it year in and year out, recent history suggests that it’s more difficult now than ever. For the first time in league history, we will have seven different champions in as many years, and the salary cap is going to continue to make it tougher for teams to win multiple titles within a few years.

So while I agree in principle with you on Campbell’s and Huet’s contracts, to me claiming the Cup (and reclaiming the fans and the additional $$ from extra games/merch) makes them worth the headaches to come.

Brendan

June 7th, 2010
5:15 pm

Enstrom and pick #24 for Sharp and Campbell? Yeah, I think I’d do that one. But what is Atlanta’s budget? It’d be like we plucked Campbell as a UFA. And that’s how we’d have to look at it. Since we would be paying that hefty UFA price. But still, how does Atlanta get Tier I players into this market?

I think the answer is: “Atlanta must draft the Tier I talent here. Then try to re-sign it, before it hits UFA status.”

DWTOO

June 7th, 2010
5:21 pm

Brendan – Glad finally someone said it – “I don’t want to watch Kovy succeed somehwere else”. Couldn’t agree more, but, was always tepid about saying it. Hope he has a couple of tremendous years in St Pete (russia)and watches the AJC for a sale of the Thrashers and says to his family “It’s time to go back – the Octocluster is gone”.

Joe Friday

June 7th, 2010
5:27 pm

“IF they win the Cup, then it’s not a bad deal”

Precisely, the whole point is to win it. You win a Cup and you’re golden for years. It’s like folks that whine about Lecavalier’s contract, who cares, the kid can play and won a Cup for them. Tampa fans aren’t chasing Vinny out of town . . . you have to pay to play, something our owners need to get on board with.

People on this blog lamented about Briere’s contract too, what for? The kid can play and showed it this season. Kovy’s going to get paid as well and some will whine about it being too much, I’ve never understood that, if someones willing to pay these guys, why begrudge them the money. They perform.

World Be Free

June 7th, 2010
5:40 pm

Joe “Barry Carroll” Friday
You’re a good rock thrower Joe, not much anything else. I doubt you even got off you ass to play the game yourself. There’s a one way bus back to Philly weaiting for you, do us a favor and take a seat wherever you like and please come up with an original idea.

World Be Free

June 7th, 2010
5:46 pm

You will never get an arguement from me on Briere, he plays flat out every shift. Danny is a playmake, alweays has been going back to his days in Quebec. He benefitted greatly from the new rules. I’d pay Briere what he makes, wish Buffalo would have.

MB-easy to say today, but the breakup or partial breakup will be hard on Chicago in a few weeks. So I hope they get the gold this week before they have to part with assets before July 1. Anyway you cut it, Campbell’s contract is a bad deal that Chicago should not have made then, nor should it be one we should take on today. Brian Campbell just isn’t worth $7.14M.

Lee

June 7th, 2010
6:01 pm

Enstrom and 24th for Campbell and Sharp? Heck yes, money wise, heck no. I’d accept the trade from ATL’s view, but I’d never take that trade from Chicago’s view…

GaVaHokie

June 7th, 2010
6:16 pm

Don’t worry about the salary… this team has more trouble meeting the minimum than the maximum.

I’d rather waste $11 million on Campbell and Sharp than a handful of Vigiers and Larsen and Welch and Popovic and Klee and Rucchin and all those others we threw against a wall to see what would stick.

MB

June 7th, 2010
6:39 pm

WBF, you’re right that the Hawks are looking at a very tough situation this summer, though I think every single player and every single other person in the organization will be able to take it much easier if the Cup is residing at Madison Avenue for the next year.

Basically, I think they looked at the situation with their team and the competition around the league and said, “You know what…we have a great opportunity here. Let’s go all in.” They took a gamble with several outsized contracts while also locking in the key pieces to their team long-term. And right now they’re three periods away from the ultimate victory. If overpaying Campbell is one of the reasons that they win, then yes, it IS a good contract. If they don’t win and then have to dismantle the team and don’t make it back to the Finals, then I think it’d be fair to point to those contracts as mistakes.

Basically I’m saying the ends justify the means in this case. If the Thrashers had won the Cup (stop laughing!) following the Zhitnik trade and the Tkachuk deal, then maybe we’d be cheering Waddell for his prescience (I said stop laughing!). But we got waxed in the first round and those deals have haunted us since. It’s all about the results you get, and right now those contracts that were considered albatrosses for both the Hawks and the Flyers aren’t looking nearly so bad.

World Be Free

June 7th, 2010
6:42 pm

Sorry to everyone for my outburst.
GaVa-great point, when you consider how many slugs have passed through here over the last 10 years. Go into the Thrashers’ shop at the enterence from CNN; they have original games jerseys from a number of players from our glorious past that never say the light of an NHL locker room again.

Red Light

June 7th, 2010
7:22 pm

I think I’d do that one? Guys, NHL draft picks aren’t a sure thing. You take two studs for a 24th and Enstrom any day of the week. I don’t like Campbell, because I think he’s a bit Euro in nature caring first and foremost about himself. Would I take him? Sure, but I’m with WBF here, I’d take three other d-men off the Hawks first because of what they do on the ice first, and if I’m thinking about salary, he drops behind Sopel in my opinion just because of the cost differential.

Anytime you want to give me a bonafide NHL player for a maybe draft pick, particularly an NHLer under 28 years old like Sharp, etc. I’ll take him for a draft pick any day. Even at the top of the draft I’ll take a proven player over a draft pick today, tomorrow and yesterday. For every Jonathan Toews, there is a Pavel Brendl.

Red Light

June 7th, 2010
7:25 pm

Developing players is better left to those who can, and there isn’t much evidence that the Thrashers can. Does anyone recall a 18-year old who was sent through the Atlanta system only to emerge three or four years later?

Smoothie

June 7th, 2010
7:33 pm

OMG! There’s been a Vivlamore sighting! Vive la Vivlamore!

C-Viv reports that Ramsay was interviewed over the weekend and that Torchetti is likely next once the Finals are over. Duh. But to his credit, he did give us this nugget: Jimmah “Slippin’” Slater will prolly be the first UFA to be re-inked. A jubilant day in Blueland! What would we do without Slates?! ;-)

Lastly, looks like Ray “the Wizard” Whitney is goin’ free-agenting come July 1. Would you offer him a 2 year deal to QB the Thrash’ PP and stick it to his old team until Morin, Klinger and Ryan Johansen(?) Are ready to take over on a perm basis? Hmmm, the idea of Whitney setting up Kaner is very appealing assuming few other good options?

Smoothie

June 7th, 2010
7:54 pm

Also, I would have very little problem trading Enstrom and #24 for Sharp and Soupy. While $7.1 M is a bit more than I’d like, he has ATL to thank for helping to drive up his price 2 yrs ago. Of course, we had to settle for Ronsey. In an ideal world, I’d like to trade Ron or Oduya, but you have to give to get. So tell them they can have anyone not named Bogosian or Valabik or Kulda and let’s make a deal! Like R/L said, you take the guarantee over the 55 percent 1st rd crapshoot every day of the week!

Sign Ray Whitney and voila! Automatic contender:

Bergs-Whitney-Antro

Kane-Pevs-Sharp

Slates-Lits-Macho

Hains/Oduya

Soupy/Boris

Bogo/Kulda

GaVaHokie

June 7th, 2010
8:17 pm

Ben Wright tweet…Thrashers did not retain the rights to prospects Jonas Enlund and Niklas Lucenius. Enlund is now a UFA. Lucenius can go back in the draft.

GaVaHokie

June 7th, 2010
8:22 pm

This team would spend $11 million just “panning for gold” over the past 10 years. Just saying, you might as well just buy a pair of gold earrings like Campbell and Sharp instead.

Rawhide

June 7th, 2010
9:16 pm

Scott Arniel will be named the new head coach in Columbus tomorrow.

R. Stroz

June 7th, 2010
10:34 pm

Speaking of gold earrings, GaVaHockie have you heard from Buzilla lately?

Did he ever replace the cubic zirconia engagement ring?

Did his wife learn to read?

Are their any little Zillas yet?

Brendan

June 7th, 2010
10:59 pm

I imagine that if Baby Zilla were born, the nurse might say, “Aww, such a cutie. Do you want your bath now?” And Baby ‘Zilla says, “Come to think of it, I’ll have a Heineken.” Or “Can someone ‘Irish up’ this formula?” “Whose palms do you have to grease to get a beer around here?”

Switching gears, I still think Torchetti will be the selection. But I’d be very pleased with Craig Ramsay as the selection. Decades ago, in Buffalo, Craig Ramsay and Don Luce used to put on a clinic on how to check the other team’s top scoring line. Atlanta could surely benefit from that experience. Goals against has been the achilles heel of this franchise from Day One. Getting the GA down from 285-300 to say, 210 to 220, would be a major and significant improvement.

Brendan

June 7th, 2010
11:19 pm

I do wonder if Finny is Dudley’s ‘cup o’tea.’ Slater, I think, showed some form of physicality down the stretch. What did John Anderson say? “He started fishing.” The issue was whether or not Slater would fish or cut bait. As we’re not a Stanley Cup contender yet, I have no problem with Jim Slater back, at $775,000, or somewhere in this ballpark. Truthfully, I think the Thrashers have always liked Jim Slater. He was an original 1st round pick, 30th overall, from 2002. He’s a fourth line guy. He performs adequately for a 4th line player.

To me, the most important re-signing would be Kubina. Assuming that we don’t get raped, for a player who is 33, or thereabouts.

World Be Free

June 8th, 2010
6:12 am

GaVa-totally agree, time we go for some sure things instead of trading players for picks and prospects. I just think of those $100 jerseys from players that never made it anywhere else but in Atlanta.

Brendan-if you look at our alternatives in free agency, Kubina for 2-3 years would be a good signing. I like some of the players available July 1, but all of them will cost you what Kubina costs us last season plus. Unless we look at Campbell again.

Congrats to Scott Arniel for getting his chance. Scottie is a good dude and a pretty good coach for the Mosse. Hope he does well in Columbus.

Tony C.

June 8th, 2010
7:22 am

I have to re-iterate that after watching the Blackhawks defence in the Finals, I’m very leery of hiring anybody who’s players haven’t figured out (or had it drilled into their head) which man to take on a pull-up play in their defensive zone after playing together for what? Almost 8 months? 8 months!!! That’plenty of time to get your system installed IMHO.

Now, if Torchetti’s responsibilities are for neutral-zone-to-Offensive zone transitions & set plays for O-zone draws…. then maybe less leery.

I do admit they [Blackhawks] played a much better defensive game in game 5 (really, IMO there wasn’t much more room on the “bad” side of things when you look at their game 4 performance)… They adjusted their PK well, but I haven’t really seen Chicago really lockout an opponent from their zone except maybe for one game in the San Jose series. Remember when Nashville had their foot on the Blackhawks’ collective throat? The Blackhawks didn’t have an answer for them until they were facing elimination then they suddenly had the lightbulb go off or whatever.That’s against Nashville-not exactly what I’d call an “offensive dynamo” of a team…. Not the sort of defensive game/accepted effort I’m looking for out our new bench-boss.

Also, I can’t think of a better alternative to Kubina that will also cost the same or less than Pasha made last season-I mean, I’d LOVE to get Volchenkov down here, but didn’t he already turn down a $20M for 5 years offer from the only club he’s ever played for in the NHL? I might be willing to go as high as $5.5M/per for him, but will he actually sign here???
I do agree w/Brendan that re-signing Kubina should be like, #1 or #1-A priority for the front office.He’s easily the steadiest Thrasher defenceman since Havelid (and quite a bit more feared in the corners I’d bet)-with a significantly better O-ffensive game. If we don’t re-sign him, I’d like to see us seriously involved in Volchenkov sweepstakes.

World Be Free

June 8th, 2010
7:52 am

Interesting that Boucher turned down Columbus to take the H-C job in Tampa Bay. Kevin Dineen is left out in the cold.

Tony C.-Torchetti (if he takes the Thrashers’ job) will have alot less to work with in ATL than he did in Chicago.

Tony C.

June 8th, 2010
8:05 am

Also, Adam Proteau licks moose-ahem-tracks…

GaVaHokie

June 8th, 2010
8:43 am

Stroz… yep, they had their Baby Zilla at the end of April!

DWTOO

June 8th, 2010
9:05 am

http://www.russianhockeyfans.com/nhl/ska-offers-kovalchuk-14m-per-year-202.html

Don’t know how this link will work, but, KHL offer is 42 mil/three years plus a signing bonus. Not a bad payday. Beats working for a living.

R. Stroz

June 8th, 2010
9:15 am

GaVaHockie – Was Zilla’s child a Zilla or a Zillette?

rob

June 8th, 2010
9:18 am

I think the Campbell thing is nonsense. You have dmem coming up. You have too much money in Hainsey already, throw in Kubina or hopefully Volchenkov, and then add Campbell? No way. I think if Chicago moves a forward, it’s Versteeg before Sharp, and I like him better anyway. Take one of them definitely but NO WAY to Campbell and his salary unless you are unloading Hainsey or Kubina IMO, and even then his price is still to high for my taste.

Adam

June 8th, 2010
9:37 am

I agree Rob.

We’ve had enough players that haven’t wanted to be here already. The last thing we need now is another locker room cancer from a guy who ended up here via trade and feels he’s in hockey purgatory. Soupy has already turned us down. what makes you guys think he will be “happy” he was traded here?

I wouldn’t want him here for that money unless he had a NTC and waived it to come here. That would tell us he is all for it.

Smoothie

June 8th, 2010
9:40 am

rob – for those who even entertain the idea of trading with CHI for a combo of Campbell and Versteeg / Sharp, I believe the thinking is that Kubina spurns us for someone else in FA. Now he seemed happy here in his time as a Thrasher and he has a Toronto-formed bond with Antropov. Also, he seemed to be very popular on-ice in terms of younger guys going to him for advice / chat within the game. Obviously there is a lot of respect in the “room” for how Kubes comports himself. However, Kubes may want to find work closer to his home in Toronto so he’s not so far removed from friends and family. Plus, I think there may be a GM out there willing to pay him more than $5 – 5.5 M.

Smoothie

June 8th, 2010
9:47 am

I wouldn’t say Marian Hossa was so much a cancer in the room as a distraction in the final year of his contract. He seemed quite happy and content to be the “big cheese” in the ATL when he posted his two best offensive seasons of his career:

‘05-’06 – 39 G & 92 points
‘06-’07 – 40 G & 100 pts

Not to mention he was a combined +35 in those two seasons as a T-bird. I think that whole argument of a star player getting traded becoming a distraction is any over-hyped argument thanks to Dany Heatley. Well, most star players in the NHL are classy, team-first guys who conduct themselves with industry, pride and purpose. I don’t see why Campbell would dog it for 5 straight years if he were traded here. He’s always played pretty much the same way no matter where he’s been. Plus, I don’t think y’all give enough credence to the make-up of our lockeroom as several players have talked about what a great group of guys it is.

GaVaHokie

June 8th, 2010
9:55 am

Stroz… they had a Zillette. :) We’re expecting Baby Hokie in July.

GaVaHokie

June 8th, 2010
10:00 am

Adam… Campbell has a NTC.

I suppose I should clarify… I’m mainly after Sharp, but I think Chicago is going to want to deal with teams willing to take Campbell’s salary. So, anyone interested in Versteeg, Byfgulien, Sharp, etc are probably going to run into a Huet/Campbell roadblock.