Wednesday’s Quickies

The Hawks returned to practice and their new set of lines was all the rage.  If you haven’t heard them yet, here you go:

Sharp-Toews-Skille

Brouwer-Kopecky-Hossa

Stalberg-Bolland-Kane

Pisani-Dowell-Bickell

The only really jarring thing in that is seeing Kopecky as their 2nd line center.  I’m not sure that works for anybody.

As for Kane skating with Bolland, this is going to be a continuing trend for the Hawks as long as Dave Bolland can’t create offense on his own.  Two years ago, it was Martin Havlat assigned to kickstart Bolland’s game.  Last year, it was Kris Versteeg after Bolland returned from back surgery.  This year, Kane gets the first shot at it. 

I guess I’m just more stunned that Hawks never considered trading Bolland, but whatever. 

–We’ll be running our second column of the season in tonight’s “Committed Indian”.  Be sure to pick one up if you’re headed down to the game.

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7 Responses to Wednesday’s Quickies

  1. feyer says:

    Maybe this change might help Kane get his 2-way game going. There is no reason he can’t be that guy.

  2. Otter says:

    Should we start the “the Hawks would be better off with (pick one) Ladd/’Steeger/Buff than Bolland” debate now or wait until the Hawks have played about 25% of their schedule?

  3. AC says:

    I look at those line combos and think 2 things.
    1. That 3rd line is fast.
    2. That 2nd line could be awesome to watch on the forecheck.

  4. eddie says:

    The Hawks were already short at center last year. That’s why Sharpie played out of position so much. How could you trade Bolland? You didn’t like his penalty killing and short handed goals, or his sweet feed to Big Buff to heart dagger the Sharks in game 3? Have you looked at his plus minus even in a slump? Have you looked at what Havlat has done without Bolland?

  5. John says:

    He’s a 3rd line center making 2nd center money. Oh, and he has a balky back. It’s irresponsible to not even look into what his market is.

    And yes, I’m familiar with his stats. But please don’t suggest that Dave Bolland was the sole reason for Martin Havlat’s success.

  6. eddie says:

    Hey John,
    I was a big Havlat fan. He and the Rat were great together with Ladd. I am just saying, that trading a center when you are already short centers isn’t very smart no matter what one thinks of the one you are keeping. If you are looking to improve the team at the center position, how do you do that by trading Bolland and keeping any of the players,(Ladd, Buff, Versteeg) that were let go because of the cap issues?

  7. Cam says:

    Keith gets beaten yet again for a goal. One that Turco should’ve stopped, incidentally.

    but Kane get a minus on it so it’s probably his responsibility.

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