Stan Came Out To Not Say Much TodayJune 23 2011 at 10:12 AM
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Stan Came Out To Not Say Much Today
by SamFels on Jun 22, 2011 5:19 PM CDT
Give Us Something
Actually, that caption isn't right, because he can't really do anything. There's a moratorium on signing your own guys right now. But he did meet with the press today, with some half-nuggets. Well, not even half-nuggets. Like quarter nuggets.
-Campoli and Frolik aren't close. These will get messy. Campoli isn't really necessary or vital. The Hawks have three puck-moving d-men and a fourth is just a luxury. We all like Campoli, he's a nice player. But if his demands are getting out of hand, well, he can have them met elsewhere. The Hawks could use their one open defensive slot for someone who drools and hits things, and I doubt they'd miss much of a beat. Especially if Hammer can rebound to what he was. And...
-Nick Leddy is going to play the same if not bigger role. While we've theorized he would be better off on the top pair at Rock Vegas, at least to start, the Hawks don't follow that. Which isn't surprising, considering his clock has started. But this bigger role Stan wants for Leddy? Don't know where it comes from, unless Q gets creative and desperate to limit Keith's overall minutes, and has Leddy take his power play time. I wouldn't be opposed to that at all, at least before Christmas. Still, I think it's challenging at least to say that a kid can develop an NHL game while skating 3rd pair minutes. Does anyone think that all three pairs are just going to skate 20 minutes evenly?
-There's not much love for Kyle Beach. And nor should there be. Bowman made it pretty clear that Beach is going to have to not be an asshat for a long stretch before they'll even consider giving him a look. Morin, Smith, and Kruger are already ahead of him in the pecking order.
-He hinted that he's going to be awfully active this summer, which I think we're all excited yet worried about how that might go.
-He's not interested in Jagr, which does indicate he's got at least four neurons working between the ears. Please, let him go to Detroit. Him and Bertuzzi on the same line. It'd be the highest rated comedy on TV.
-They may move the 18th pick. I doubt this would be to get more picks, as the Hawks have four in the next two rounds after that. It could be either to move up, or to get an actual piece in a package, or Stan is just blowing smoke to get phones ringing. We'll find out Friday.
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|June 23 2011, 10:14 AM |
Bowman interview, prospect camp changes; Winny coach news, Torchetti out, Yawney quits, Toews quips, Tallon troubles, NHLvsNBA and Wang news
Posted on June 22, 2011 by Chris Block| 1 Comment
Stan Bowman was interviewed on ChicagoBlackhawks.com’s podcast, Blackhawks Insider, in audio posted on Monday. A portion of Bowman’s conversation with Adam Kempenaar is transcribed here.
“The Blackhawks Way of playing hockey”
One piece of news coming out of the audio portion pertained to July’s prospect camp. Bowman is inviting fewer players and there will be less scrimmage time. He’s looking at this year as less of a tryout (or evaluation) camp and more of a development camp. They’re experimenting with a different ideas at the assistance and suggestion of Joel Quenneville and the coaching staff. Bowman said there will be a bigger focus on “skills they’re going to need to have in order to eventually play for us.” Just the idea of fewer players would seem to indicate one scrimmage per day instead of two. On the topic of scrimmages, Bowman said “we are certainly going to have some of those but it was predominately scrimmages in the past.”
On the talent pool in this year’s draft, Bowman is optimistic that there is enough that he’ll get “good” future NHLers but he doesn’t see high-end goaltenders in this draft, which is consistent with the scouting reports. Bowman said they “don’t necessarily have a one position” they’re focusing on. He said in the past they had holes at center and defense but felt they’ve addressed those in the past couple of years. He said he hadn’t had talks with any GM’s on moving up or trading down, but revealed those discussions between GM’s don’t typically come into play until the week and days leading into the draft. He said they’re working at getting the best group of picks, regardless of position.
That taken, the Hawks are very weak on the depth chart at right wing. Jeremy Morin is better on the left side. Kyle Beach and Igor Makarov can play either. Beach is probably better on the left but his game is a little far off to say for sure. Makarov could Rockford’s top right wing by default if Morin and Beach keep to their off wing.
Longer-range, Bowman shared his thoughts and is high on Justin Holl’s skating ability; the toning down of Stephen Johns and Kevin Hayes taking the next step.
–Conflicting reports now coming out of Canada on the search for a new Winnipeg coach. Today’s Winnipeg Sun is reporting there will be a second-round of interviews with finalists Claude Noel and Mike Haviland. Read more »
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Wednesday June 22, 2011
Posted: 11:46 a.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com Blackhawks Insider
The Chicago Blackhawks have the 18th overall selection when the NHL Entry Draft commences Friday, but general manager Stan Bowman said he’s willing to move in either direction to get the player he wants.
The Blackhawks enter this weekend’s draft in Minnesota with 10 picks overall including five in the first three rounds. Regarding that first-round selection, Bowman said his team is in an “interesting spot” as far as what it could do in this draft.
“If there’s a player that we really like that hasn’t been chosen and won’t last to 18, we’ll make an effort to jump up. If there are players who are similar and we can move down to get the same guy we’ll look at that,” said Bowman on Wednesday. “It’s an opportunity for us being in mid-range that gives us a few more options.”
Bowman likes the Blackhawks’ depth through forward, defenseman and goaltender right now, thanks to past drafts when the team bolstered talent at those spots. So Bowman’s draft focus this weekend could be more on a player than position. He’s especially happy with what he has coming up at center with Marcus Kruger – who did play some games with the Blackhawks at the end of the season – Brandon Pirri and Kevin Hayes.
“A team composition can change rapidly based on trades and players coming up through the ranks,” Bowman said. “What may be a weakness now may be a strength a year from now. It’s dangerous to draft based on what an NHL team needs at the moment. We’re not focusing on any particular position.”
Bowman said he’s also not focused on signing the Blackhawks’ restricted free agents at the moment. Signing goaltender Corey Crawford was the big concern, and that was done on May 19. Forward Michael Frolik and defenseman Chris Campoli are two of the team’s top RFAs. Bowman said he may cross paths with agents at the draft, but “in terms of in-depth negotiations, we won’t do that. We’ll get to them in short order.”
With the cap likely to be $64 million this season, the Blackhawks will have more wiggle room than originally thought. Depending on who they decide to keep and at what cost, the Blackhawks could be active come free agency. Regardless, there will be changes.
“We’re not bringing everybody back; we’re going to bring in new players,” Bowman said. “We’ll have more stability than a year ago. There’ll be some new faces coming in, always good to bring in new faces and new looks in there.
No search yet
Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland is one of the final two candidates for the vacant Winnipeg NHL head coaching job. No decision has been announced on that as of yet, and Bowman said it was “premature” to start a Blackhawks assistant coaching search on a job that may or may not be vacant.
“He did interview there, they’ll make their decision shortly, but there’s no timetable for that,” Bowman said. “Once we know where we’ll be next year it’ll drive that process. At this point, we’re in the waiting game to see what Winnipeg decides to do.”
Jaromir Jagr is poised for an NHL comeback, and his agent told Pierre LeBrun that there’s interest from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings and a “mystery team.”
Bowman said the Blackhawks aren’t that mystery team.
“We have not talked to him and his agent,” he said.
Chicago Blackhawks’ selection order at 2011 NHL Entry Draft:
Round Pick Comment (if any)
2nd 36th From ATL via Andrew Ladd trade
2nd 43rd From CAL via TOR for 2010 2nd-round pick
3rd 79th From TOR for 2010 2nd-round pick
7th TBD From BOS for 7th-round pick
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.
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|June 25 2011, 7:52 PM |
Bowman has yet to do anything that anyone could call successful in Chicago. He inherited the Stanley Cup team. Yes, the cap forced hard choices last summer but the season proved he didn't make the right choices on who to keep and who to move.How'd you like the goalie he signed away from Dallas? Dougie Wilson suckered him big time into over paying for a number 7 defenceman. More going on this summer. Season ticket holders in my section would have rather seen Keith go than Campbell. They seem to have switched roles this season: Campbell played D and Keith thought he was Bobby Orr (he's not!). And Leddy ain't ready and he may never be at 5'11" maybe. Worse, the pipeline is dry and moving BC and TB is a kind of white flag notice that the Hawks will be middle of the pack for the forseeable future. Bowman hasn't proven he can draft or trade well. My biggest fear is that he is moving Dale's boys to make it his own team...not a better team, just his own team.
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