Raanta stoned them (with an assist from Fortin). Kunitz wasn't great, but he had an excellent tip off a point shot (Raanta with the miracle save). Yes, this weekend will be a good test. And, yes, it's great to have Crow back.Crow looked pretty good tonight. Nothing he could do about the 3 goals he let in; just like Ward, he was hung out to dry.
Next two games at Columbus and against Tampa will be tough. Time to find out if this team will do anything this year.
Also, Kunitz has either been completely invisible or played poorly; he basically ended the game with that horrible giveaway in the 3rd.
Bickell actually took a small haircut to stay w/the Hawks. Yes, extremely fortuitous timing (for him). He was the only power forward on the team. There is absolutely no telling how he would've fared had he not contracted by MS.he contracted MS when he signed the contract in 2013? He had never scored more than 17 goals in the regular season up to that point.
And fans would have been screaming if Bowman didn't sign Bickell after his playoff performance. Don't recall what he got, but you're right, there were teams that would have gone 1.5M to 2M per year higher than what Bowman extended him for.Bickell actually took a small haircut to stay w/the Hawks. Yes, extremely fortuitous timing (for him). He was the only power forward on the team. There is absolutely no telling how he would've fared had he not contracted by MS.
And, oh yeah, quoting Rosenbloom (for anything), hurts one's credibility.
Guys can waive their no trade clauses. Happens every year at the deadline.Stan Bowman sucks. The Bryan Bickell contract was dumb. Never give a guy a phat contract off a playoff run when he's been mediocre in the regular season. That contract forced them to dump Teernavinen for salary cap reasons. The Seabrook contract is one of the worst in the NHL. Trading away Panarin for the great Brandon Saad? And I hate to give Chicago Cubune turd Steve Rosenbloom credit for anything, but he's right about this: the Blackhawks have so many guys under long-term contracts with no-trade clauses that you can't do a total rebuild. It'll be like watching the White Sox until recently, not rebuilding but trying to get lightning in a bottle and make a run with veterans and a mish mosh of kids.