On An Island

By now, your Olympic hangover is probably in its final stages.  After watching the world’s best compete at an insanely high level for two weeks, it will probably take a game or two before we get used to the dreg of the final 21 games of the regular season.

The Hawks will have a huge advantage over the Islanders for the simple fact that their best players have been playing the last two weeks.  Meanwhile, only defenseman Mark Streit was in Vancouver.  If the Hawks capitalize early, the game could be put out of reach very early.  

Antti Niemi was named starting goalie for the game and it’s only adding to the speculation that the Hawks have something brewing in terms of a trade.  The other funny fact is how Joel Quenneville has said with a straight face that he’s going with the ‘hot’ goalie.  The same hot goalie who’s given up 11 goals in his last three games.  For comparison’s sake, Huet has given up 8 goals in his last three games and for that, he was sent to the end of the bench. 

Of course, that’s a small sample size and Huet gave up 16 goals in his five previous games.  So draw your own conclusions from that.

Either way, it will be nice to see Jonathan Toews and not to cheer against him.  Things were getting confusing there for awhile.

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13 Responses to On An Island

  1. blackhawkbob says:

    CT, stop being so damn reasonable. You’re killing my trade rumor buzz.

  2. dominator says:

    Hey man quit bogarting the rumors.

  3. Dale Halas says:

    Not sure on the Leafs side but that trade makes more sense then Huet ending up in the minors.

    For all the Huet bashing he still has better overall stats than about 2/3rds of the goalies in the league. So I think you will be able to at least trade Huet for a contract that costs about half as much as his. Then you can waiver that guy and buy that contract out in the minors. If you are going to eat salary, eat as little as possible…

  4. CT says:

    That trade would leave Toronto with Huet, Gustavsson and Giguere in net.

  5. Mark Giangreco Roman Wrestler says:

    On the plus side, it gives Hawks fans the chance to bang on the Danny Richmond drum when Niemi gives up a goal.

  6. Lou says:

    can anyone enlighten me on why we play Kopecky rather than Brouwer on the second line??

    My continent for a goalie with a glove

  7. lee Rosenberg says:

    5-2 2nd Period

    we don’t have a goalie

  8. Lou says:

    lines are ugly tonight

  9. lee Rosenberg says:

    If nothing happens tomorrow goalie wise we have major problems

  10. John says:

    You’re right, lee but probably not for the reasons you think. Joel Quenneville has painted the Hawks front office into a corner where they now have no choice but to acquire a goalie.

    Riding the ‘hot’ hand on Niemi has completely destroyed any progress Niemi was making. Huet is inconsistent, everyone understands that. Q should’ve taken the good with the bad, the Hawks are in no position where winning is a must. Unfortunately, he’s completely wrecked two goalies so Stan and Co. have no other options.

    Alas, we can wait until tomorrow after the deadline is over before I go off on a bigger tangent.

  11. Lee says:

    Ecklund’s twitter tonight said that his main rumour tomorrow will be the Hawks making a major move. Hpe he’s right. I’ll be at the game and hope Huet at least is gone. by the way i am just fine with the Boynton pick up. Not a goon, but tough enough

  12. Lou says:

    Unfortunately he may never see the ice

    I am looking very forward to seeing what kind of effort we hve live both tonight and friday

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