You’re A Daisy If You Do

So after months of prognistication and dread, the Hawks salary cap problems have finally come to a head.  Of course, a lot of the problems were completely unpredictable with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane’s bonuses coming in at approximately $4.1 million dollars.  The bonuses have really come back to haunt the Hawks, almost more than any bad contract Dale Tallon handed out.  While Byfuglien, Sopel, and Versteeg were predictable pieces to be dealt, it wasn’t the case with Ladd.

With word leaking out, however, that Ladd was seeking upwards of $3 million, his days were numbered on the West Side.  Handing out contracts of that size to players like Ladd is what got the Hawks in this mess to begin with.  Add in the $4 million penalty the Hawks are paying into next year’s cap and it was absolutely impossible to justify re-signing Ladd.

Just a quick side note on Ladd.  It’s funny, of the three Hawk forwards that have been shipped out, Ladd is, by far, the most replaceable.  He doesn’t have Versteeg’s playmaking or scoring ability.  He’s not someone that an opposing coach will gameplan against like Byfuglien.  He is who he is.  A solid defensive forward that can be a plus contributor 50% of the time.  Yet, people are sulking over losing him like he’s Pavel Datsyuk.  

Did I also mention that he’s reportedly asking for $3 million+?  At least Dustin Byfuglien was a legitimate Conn Smythe candidate while making that.  Ladd will never be able to boast of something like that.

Another quick place to lay blame is at the door of Stan Bowman.  

Stan Bowman is as much to blame for this mess as Diego Maradona.  The only mistake Bowman made in all of this was publicly saying  last week that the Hawks don’t need to make any moves.  The naive among us took his word as gospel even though it was clearly posturing.  The result was they were incredibly heartbroken when the word of Kris Versteeg and Andrew Ladd getting dealt were announced. 

Whatever.

The top two lines of the Blackhawks is still untouched.  They still have four centers.  Once Ham Sandwich agrees to a new deal, they’ll have their top 4 defensemen set.  With the Ladd trade, they acquired Ivan Vishnevskiy who will most definitely challenge for a spot in the Hawks defensvie rotation while (hopefully) letting Shawn Lalonde season himself in the “A”.  Jake Dowell, Jack Skille, and Bryan Bickell are three guys who will have to step in on the bottom 6.

Granted, they won’t have a pair of third line wingers the likes of Versteeg and Ladd next year, but that was clearly a luxury the Hawks had that every other team couldn’t afford.  Which is also probably a reason why they won the Cup as easily as they did.

So what now?

Late Thursday evening, the Hawks agreed to terms with 6’8″ behemoth John Scott who played in 51 games for the Minnesota Wild last year.  I have high doubts he’ll be anything but a 7th or a 8th defenseman for the Hawks.  They’re still in the market for a stay-at-home defenseman, at least one or two checking wingers, and a backup goalie.  How many of those they fill from within remains to be seen.  Good thing Thursday was only the first day of free agency.  It should give them plenty of time.

All that is known is that the masses won’t stand for all this change.

Let’s just hope Lebron signs with the Bulls quickly.

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15 Responses to You’re A Daisy If You Do

  1. See ya Ladd says:

    Good riddance and totally replaceable. For 3mil per, the Hawks can do better. I hated how he hogged a fucking ton of face time after winning the Cup, and standing over top of it for the team picture, escorting it for everybody else’s turn. Top top it off he had just 6 fucking points in the playoffs and was dinged up. See ya Ladd… I won’t miss ya at all…

  2. Jeff says:

    I’m just wondering whose going to bring the body next season? Unless my math is wrong, you really only have Ham Sandwich and Bolland left as players who will lay into someone on the boards. Who will take the body to other teams as Eager, Ladd and Buff did in the past?

  3. John says:

    Brouwer is still there and he was way more consistent on the body than Eager or Buff were. Bickell is in their plans. Finding guys willing to take the body is not a difficult task. At least they’re not in need of guys who can score or defend. I’d expect any transaction from here on in to involve some beefy dudes however.

  4. JM says:

    Good point about Ladd – that does make me feel better.

    Its just tough losing a guy who does all the hard things the right way, leaving little pansyboys like Kane the easy stuff like scoring goals.

  5. Lou says:

    Seabs brings it too. Scott can in the games he suits up for. No Lee, he is not likely to play every game.

    We have lost guys that were liked but they are replaceable. The Stalberg Kid is not only big but supposedly very fast. What’s the scoop on that? How does Skille fit in now????? I was surprised he was tendered

    Anyone interested in being humored needs to read the comments section on JJs active buzz post. The bug light for stupid shines all the way to the pacific.

  6. Dave Morris says:

    Gentlemen, why *would* StanBow announce what he was going to do?

    One of the reasons he’s been successful is because he moves with stealth.

    Consider all the yapping about how the Hawks were ‘screwed’…like the unnamed GM (quoted by ESPN’s LeBrun, a confirmed Hawk hater) who said Bowman was ‘effin crazy’ to expect he’d get a 1st round pick for the guys he wanted to trade.

    Guess what gang, Bowman got 1st rounders for each one. Buff (Hayes), Versteeg (Paradis), Ladd (Vishnevskiy), as you remember, Barker (Leddy). Shows you what some GMs ‘know’.

    Now the ‘experts’ are predicting the Hawks’ demise. Let’ em.

    I like The Bow Man’s style.

    We’ll soon see if the substance matches.

    Looking at the new depth chart, there’s just as much, maybe more talent–and just as much toughness (Scott, Reasoner, Bickell, Dowell, Brouwer, Seabs)–now.

    And bye-bye bad contracts.

  7. Patrick says:

    “You’re a Daisy if you do” – is that a Tombstone reference?

    After rationally looking at things, I think that this is the best possible outcome for the Hawks. Okay, maybe not for the coming year (which I think they’ll be fine with – they probably won’t win the President’s Trophy, but they’ll be one of the favorites), but for every year after that, or at least the following four. Here’s why:

    1. The Hawks will be able to develop some new talent that’s already in their system. They have muckers and grinders on the farm team that need a chance and they weren’t going to get that chance unless there was some turnover. Would I rather have Ladd and Versteeg than Dowell and Stalberg? Right now, yes, but we’ll see what we think at the end of the year.

    2. By playing the new guys this year, the Hawks get the chance to see who they want to keep and who they can move out, much like this year, as they head into next year’s draft. Players developed by the Hawks are going to be in demand as they have a proven system to develop guys. Oh, and with Tallon and Dudley out there wanting each of them (not to forget Burke), there will always be demand for which there is a reasonable return. No fire sales needed. Let the other GM’s be insane.

    3. Yes, some cap purging was forced on the Hawks, but as many have mentioned, Stan did a damn good job at getting A LOT of talent in return. I believe he sold high on each move, starting with Barker. There is A LOT more organizational depth now.

    4. I’ll miss some of the guys that are gone, but they had to go and there was a viable reason for why each went. I love this year’s team and nothing will take away from that – it’ll just provide me with more players to root for, if not teams. Besides, the CORE is still intact.

    5. The cap penalty will actually end up working in the Hawks favor – how do you ask? Well, unless I am missing something, the Hawks won’t need to worry about tagging room when they look to lock up Seabrook and Brouwer (and possibly others – Stalberg, Kopecky, etc). In fact, with a good year, I think that Brouwer will play himself into the core of the team.

    Okay, so while this has been a rough week this week with seeing some favorites go, the Hawks organization is on strong footing from top to bottom and they have several more Cups in their future.

  8. Patrick says:

    And one more thing – the Hawks are now a “destination organization” – players want to play for/with them. And with that, I would love to see Sopel come back at the trade deadline for another deep run, and perhaps the following year. He’s a good and loyal soldier who’s cap hit was just to big…

  9. John says:

    Dave- Believe me, I have no problem with what Bowman said. In fact, I thought everyone knew he was posturing. I was wrong apparently as many fans took him for his word and are now devastated by the recent turn of events.

    Patrick-Yes, that is a Tombstone reference.

  10. Big Tony says:

    John, I’m your huckleberry.

  11. Lou says:

    That hurts big Tony. That really hurts

  12. Patrick says:

    BT – you beat me to it…

  13. Big Tony says:

    Patrick, I’ve got two guns, one for each of ya.

  14. Lou says:

    Big Tony. They shoot blanks…

    Here Lee, try not to combust

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nhl/news/story?id=5349370

  15. Lee says:

    Thank you Lou

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