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January 31, 2019 at 10:36 am #11687
I suppose, if Brandon Manning and Jan Rutta can be traded, then so can the Gus Twins.January 31, 2019 at 10:32 am #11686
If this doesnt signal TANK TANK TANK then I dont know what does. Or they have no fucking idea what they are doing. Probably both.January 18, 2019 at 5:54 pm #11534
Gus sucks at actual defense but he is very good in the offensive zone. Dude has been great on the PP. He isnt a bust. He is just a 3rd pairing guy who can QB a PP. And thats fine. He isnt expensive. And he isnt the reason they are losing. Yes, he sucks at defense at times. But what else do they have? Keith sucks on the PP. Seabrook sucks on the PP. Keith sucks at defense now as well. Seabrook tries but he is way too slow. Joker is doing jack squat since the WJC. He got totally pyloned last night.
Gus would get plenty of interest if they were to put him up for sale now. And they should! But he isnt a bust. Just a very talented offensive minded defenseman who cant play actual defense against good players. Bury him in a bottom 3 role with a solid partner and you can do a lot worse.January 15, 2019 at 7:59 am #11476
Doesnt matter who is next to him right now. -5 is -5. He just isnt shutting anything down. Hasnt for a long time. As Keith goes, so go the Hawks, and that is to the extreme now. It is time to face facts. He just isnt very good any more.January 15, 2019 at 4:24 am #11474
When do pitchers and catchers report?
Duncan Keith fucking blows. Time to stop believing he is a top 4 defenseman any more. 2 and 7 are done. And only 28 and 5 show any defensive aptitude. 56 can at least score, even if he cant keep the puck out of his own zone, that is at least valuable (see Erik karlsson). Im sort of sick of watching shitty defense. Some guy named Slater isnt gonna fix a damn thing. But he is at least cheap and can be a nice throw in for any trade in the future even if he sucks ass. Time to dump dump dump and tank like a mofo.January 7, 2019 at 10:15 am #11352
Davidson was “fine”, but what he looked like was an average pro defenseman. He did take one really hard shot. But he wasnt really good or bad. Which is sort of what they needed. On the goal that Ward gave up, he didnt really screen Ward, went for the block and Ward just let it go thru him, probably wanted that one back, but it wasnt Davidsons fault. So thats at least good. They are building something and Davidson isnt going to be a major building block by any stretch of the imagination, but all he has to do, really, is just not fuck things up.
They need to put Cat with Strome and Kane and drop Anisimov down. Debrincat is uncanny when he gets his shot away. Now, Im not saying that Strome is going to be the next Gretzky or anything but one good thing that Strome does seemingly naturally is to get behind the net into what used to be referred to as Gretzky’s “Office” and makes good passes from behind the net. Not many players do that well, and Strome seems to have that instinct. So that is something we havent seen many Hawks players do recently.
Anisimov hasnt been bad but he has been fed some SWEET passes by Kane in the last 4-5 games where he fumbles and misses incredible chances.
At least the PP has been lethal as hell lately. That is really the difference maker. Puck movement and Gus have made all the difference. Its amazing what happens when they stop giving it to Kane and standing around waiting for him to score.January 4, 2019 at 8:12 am #11303
The Sikura hate baffles me. There are so many other more important things to hate on. Like Forsling. Forsling directly led to two goals against last night. That should have been a 2-0 win. Delia was very good. But Forsling is a damn turnover machine and he is lost in his own end. He needs a couple of seasons in RFD to prove he is an NHL defenseman or maybe a trade and let someone else develop him. He just doesnt have it right now. He made one lazy spin around move to bring the puck back to his forehand along the boards and turned it over instead of playing the backhand carom off the board to clear the puck to the NZ and force the Isles to get back onside. He does that crap every game. Turns the puck over almost every shift. Sikura may need some muscle and isnt finishing right now but he isnt a liability like Forsling is. The team will improve simply by shitcanning Forsling into the AHL. Dump him as soon as Jokiharju gets back. He doesnt need to see NHL ice for a long time.January 3, 2019 at 9:33 pm #11296
Forsling needs to be sent to RFD. His play led to both goals, first bad defense and turnover, then a bad penalty. Should have been a 2-0 win for the good guys. Ugh.January 2, 2019 at 7:47 pm #11270
Forsling has that deer in the headlights look about him. Like he knows he is about to get his ass handed to him on every shift. He isnt confident. If he can figure out how to make that first forechecker miss and make the pass/move out of the zone without the TO then sure. But he looks like a much bigger project than Jokiharju at this point. He looks like he is in way over his head right now. You dont want to break him, but he doesnt look like he has any clue what to do right now. Maybe he needs more RFD time. Maybe he needs a better partner. Maybe he just isnt that good. I agree with you that he has upside, and potential, but…ugh. They got better by subtracting Rutta and Manning. Not work on Forsling and eventually they can get to Seabs.January 2, 2019 at 1:36 pm #11265
And as bad a defender as Gus has been, he has been noticeably ok with Keith as his partner. If Keith can hold the line, and let Gus cowboy up, they can live with his deficiencies as long as he is potting goals and making good on the PP.
When Jokiharju gets back, Forsling needs to sit. But I dont think you can take Gus away from Keith at this point. Unless…
Unless you pair Gus with Murphy, Keith with Joker and you put Dahlstrom with Seabrook. I think Seabrook needs a big time helper on his line. Seabs isnt going anywhere right now so you have to babysit him. You cant put Gus there. You cant put Joker there.
The Keith-Gus pair has worked well, for the most part. Murphy and Dahlstrom have been good. The third pair blows. I think Jokiharju needs a veteran guy on his line, and a better defender too.
Joker – Murphy
Dahlstrom – SeabrookJanuary 2, 2019 at 1:29 pm #11264
He is backchecking well, he is aggressive on the forecheck. He is creating chances, just not finishing yet. I think that will start to come soon. But he is responsible and he is working hard and he does look fast. I dont get all the hate. Plenty of things to hate on this team, but Sikura is at the bottom of that list. Forsling is at the top. That poor kid is completely underwater right now. Just make it stop already. If he doesnt start in the offensive zone, he is a gigantic liability because it feels like he turns the puck over on every damn shift and then loses his man and gets beaten. Every damn shift.January 2, 2019 at 11:22 am #11261
It is hard to score when you only get 7 minutes a night.January 2, 2019 at 7:34 am #11258
And Sikura has the best possession numbers on the team by a mile. He hasnt been given much ice time so that is admittedly a small sample size, but it should be enough to garner him some more minutes at least. I dont get the Sikura hate, let him play and I think the points will come. Perlini has looked completely lost, but Sikura hasnt to me. Perlini is the liability out there right now. And even when Perlini scores like he did yesterday, Colliton doesnt play him more than 7 minutes! That is a head scratcher.
Id prefer the shade be thrown on the guy who is on the ice for a shit-ton of goals against and hardly any for, and thats Perlini.January 1, 2019 at 7:56 pm #11252
this team has sucked because they suck at defense, and they are getting better at defense! but forsling needs to go, asap, and then they can work on finding a new home for seabrook. but sikura isnt the problem. offense isnt the problem. they can score goals! But forsling…he really really sucks ass.January 1, 2019 at 7:50 pm #11251
Going to completely disagree about Sikura. He has played a very good shutdown game, has kept the puck going in the offensive zone, has done a great job defensively and has created some chances for himself. I think he looks like he is going to be just fine. Im not arguing he is the next 50 goal scorer, but he is fast and has good instincts. Put him with Kruger and Caggiula on the 4th line. Hayden and Martinsen never need to see NHL ice again. Along with Forsling.January 1, 2019 at 7:32 pm #11250
Waive Forsling. Waive 42. Trade him. He is just not an NHL player.December 30, 2018 at 6:08 pm #11043
Stunning success. Getting anything for Manning is a great return, and Caggiula is a really good return. He may only be a 3-4th line guy, but Manning wasnt putting on a hawks sweater again, barring some sort of emergency injury situation. Well done.December 30, 2018 at 8:46 am #11022
Replace Forsling with anyone and the defense will improve dramatically. Anybody. There isnt another guy in RFD who can play better than Gus the Turnover Bus? Forsling the Turnover Titsling? Gustav McTurnover? Turnover Von Forsling? I can haz turnoverz?
Forsling really has developed into a not very good hockey player. Cut him loose.
At least Seabrook knows how to play D. Seabs might be two steps slow now, but he has a good idea how to be a defenseman in the league still, even if he gets beat a lot. Forsling just plain sucks.December 29, 2018 at 8:25 pm #11015
Great passing tonight. Really good.December 29, 2018 at 8:24 pm #11014
Sikura is starting to grow on me. He has some very good defensive instincts and he can pick a pocket as well as anyone on the team. He is starting to look more and more comfortable. His points should start coming soon.