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ChiefGritty

Chicago, IL
In all seriousness, do you really want someone who can also be a tough guy? My point being that if he is checking and being checked, more likelihood of concussions. I guess I think of Eric Lindros.
Hockey is a tough guy sport in any event, but this article from the Athletic filled in some of the details


It's behind a paywall, but essentially Bedard's style has been to do a lot of leaking out on odd-man rushes which centermen's defensive responsibilities often don't allow them to do. In the WHL you can get away with it.

So it's not solely a question of can he or can't he play center, it's also a question if his game would be more natural and flourish more in a "less valuable" role.

Being a goal-sniping wing hasn't done any harm to Alex Ovechkin has it? And that's the kind of shot Bedard is reputed to have.
 
#302      

Joel Goodson

dawgville
We've got every reason to be extraordinarily excited.

But I think there's a reasonable chance Bedard is more in the "big scoring one-way wing sniper" category and not the "five tool era-defining player" category.

I suppose then again because of the situation the natural comparison is going to be Kane and Toews (he's much more similar to Kane in style) and those are more reasonable targets than, like, Mario Lemieux.

I wonder how hard they're going to work to make him a center, that's kinda my biggest immediate question.

Bedard is a center until proven otherwise. He's always played center and he's had amazing success. He'll be given every opportunity to play center for the Hawks. Flank him with Domi and Reichel. Sign Reaves (yuck) so guys will think twice or more about taking liberties.
 
#304      
Here’s another very good article from the Athletic that talks about the development of Bedard and the Vancouver kids over the years:


My son spent about five summers at summer camp with Cristall and another kid who was goalie on the Vipers team mentioned in the article, and trained a little with them at UBC hockey camps, so we’ve known about this group of kids for a decade. We knew they were good; pretty fun to now see they are THIS good.
 
#305      
Hope you 'Hawks fans enjoy listening to him going forward:


I can't speak for the other Blues fans on here but I have enjoyed listening to him on Blues broadcasts the last 14 years. It sounds like there will at least be a little more stability to the color analyst role for the 'Hawks this upcoming season on nights when he's not doing national work for TNT>
 
#306      
Hope you 'Hawks fans enjoy listening to him going forward:


I can't speak for the other Blues fans on here but I have enjoyed listening to him on Blues broadcasts the last 14 years. It sounds like there will at least be a little more stability to the color analyst role for the 'Hawks this upcoming season on nights when he's not doing national work for TNT>
He's way better than the rotating cast they had in the booth last year. Broadcasts were incredibly difficult to listen to
 
#307      

bdutts

Houston, Texas
Hope you 'Hawks fans enjoy listening to him going forward:


I can't speak for the other Blues fans on here but I have enjoyed listening to him on Blues broadcasts the last 14 years. It sounds like there will at least be a little more stability to the color analyst role for the 'Hawks this upcoming season on nights when he's not doing national work for TNT>
It's going to take a while for the Blues stink to wear off... :)

From what I recall of his time with the Blues, he was way too big of a homer. If I'm wrong on that, then I will be cautiously optimistic he'll work out fine.
 
#308      

bdutts

Houston, Texas
He's way better than the rotating cast they had in the booth last year. Broadcasts were incredibly difficult to listen to
I didn't have a problem with Vosters (many people do) as PBP (with hockey on TV, I can watch the action and I don't need someone to describe it like if I'm listening to radio) and I thought Sharp and Murrary were fine in the analyst role. Cohen has good analysis; I just don't like his voice and I think things felt forced with him. He's better on pre and post game stuff as is Caley Chelios.

Will see how this all works out. If not, it's not difficult to make further changes.
 
#309      

Joel Goodson

dawgville
I didn't have a problem with Vosters (many people do) as PBP (with hockey on TV, I can watch the action and I don't need someone to describe it like if I'm listening to radio) and I thought Sharp and Murrary were fine in the analyst role. Cohen has good analysis; I just don't like his voice and I think things felt forced with him. He's better on pre and post game stuff as is Caley Chelios.

Will see how this all works out. If not, it's not difficult to make further changes.

Cohen's out.

I agree that Voster's is ok. Thought he was trying too hard. Got better with time. Hopefully, that continues.
 
#311      

KBLEE

Montgomery, IL
It's going to take a while for the Blues stink to wear off... :)

He played several years for the Hawks. I don't think it will be too hard to switch his allegiance back to the good guys.
 
#312      
Blues fan here and I loved listening to Pang. Very knowledgeable guy who loves hockey....I will miss listening to him on local games. He still works with TNT/NHL Network so still a national face in the game.

His contract ran out this offseason and unless something changed in the past 2 weeks the Blues never offered him a new contract.
 
#314      

bdutts

Houston, Texas
He played several years for the Hawks. I don't think it will be too hard to switch his allegiance back to the good guys.
He played parts of three many years ago. Yeah, I'm sure his allegiance is with whoever is paying him. :)
 
#315      
Blues fan here and I loved listening to Pang. Very knowledgeable guy who loves hockey....I will miss listening to him on local games. He still works with TNT/NHL Network so still a national face in the game.

His contract ran out this offseason and unless something changed in the past 2 weeks the Blues never offered him a new contract.

His representatives had been in contract negotiations with Bally Sports Midwest but the reports are that the talks were slow to start and the parties never got close to reaching an agreement. I was surprised that he and John Kelly's contracts weren't concurrent as JK's contract ends after next season. Kerbs and Vitale on radio are hired by the team.
 
#316      
His representatives had been in contract negotiations with Bally Sports Midwest but the reports are that the talks were slow to start and the parties never got close to reaching an agreement. I was surprised that he and John Kelly's contracts weren't concurrent as JK's contract ends after next season. Kerbs and Vitale on radio are hired by the team.
Yeah they made no offer until the last few weeks. Blues came back late in the negotiations and basically offered him a little more than he was making before after all said and done. Writing was on the wall and both sides knew it. Not sure who it was but a third team actually came into the negotiations as well.
 
#317      
Yeah they made no offer until the last few weeks. Blues came back late in the negotiations and basically offered him a little more than he was making before after all said and done. Writing was on the wall and both sides knew it. Not sure who it was but a third team actually came into the negotiations as well.

You think they give Jamie Rivers the TV gig full time or do they move Vitale over from radio?
 
#318      
You think they give Jamie Rivers the TV gig full time or do they move Vitale over from radio?
Vitale has a bigger personality like Pang, Rivers is a straight shooter with different type of humor which is also fine. Enjoy both and not thought about it yet


To those not sure of Pang...he is a goofball and can make/take a joke but he knows his stuff. I have met him a few times and one of the friendliest guys you will ever meet. Much better analyst than goalie and I respect his game (y)
 
#319      
Vitale has a bigger personality like Pang, Rivers is a straight shooter with different type of humor which is also fine. Enjoy both and not thought about it yet


To those not sure of Pang...he is a goofball and can make/take a joke but he knows his stuff. I have met him a few times and one of the friendliest guys you will ever meet. Much better analyst than goalie and I respect his game (y)

If nothing else, there will always be the video of him, JK, and Bernie Federko celebrating in the press box after the Blues won the Cup in 2019.
 
#320      

ChiefGritty

Chicago, IL
His representatives had been in contract negotiations with Bally Sports Midwest but the reports are that the talks were slow to start and the parties never got close to reaching an agreement. I was surprised that he and John Kelly's contracts weren't concurrent as JK's contract ends after next season. Kerbs and Vitale on radio are hired by the team.
Bally Sports Midwest being a currently bankrupt entity couldn't have helped.
 
#321      
Bally Sports Midwest being a currently bankrupt entity couldn't have helped.
Last offer the Blues made was a little more than he was already making. It was a business decision and Blackhawks not only wanted him but were aggressive about it. I take away he got a real nice raise and job security. I don't blame him one bit...he makes a nice living but we aren't talking millions like players.
 
#325      

Shane Walsh

aka "Captain Oblivious"
Cynthiana, Kentucky
Others are mentioning his value as a mentor to the first overall pick.