Blackhawks defense should pay dividends

Blackhawks defense should pay dividends

There are 22 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 8, 2008, titled Blackhawks defense should pay dividends. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The Blackhawks should be adept at putting pucks in opposing nets this season, but their ability to keep pucks out of their own could decide their fate.

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Dave Keith

Maple, Canada

#1 Oct 9, 2008
Hey Toe, tell me why Barker was sent to Rockford and Catfish Sopel is still on the team? That d-corps looks pretty weak to me.
Dave Keith

Maple, Canada

#2 Oct 9, 2008
Tallon sends one of his top 4 dmen down to Rockford and Savard expects the Hawks defence to be improved. I want some of what you are smoking "TOE".

Since: Sep 08

Hobart, IN

#3 Oct 9, 2008
If Barker could skate better your not complaining about this.
The issue is still Khabbys contract and everyones sick to death of that.

BUT, Hammer is gonna be real good,and I'll take Sopel and Hendry as a 3rd Defensive pairing.

Wood Dale, IL

#4 Oct 9, 2008
I'm shocked they sent Barker down. Not because he was playing all that great, but because he's at a make or break point in his career and going to Rockford tips the scales toward break. Defensemen usually take longer to develope anyway, but this tells me the organ-i-zation is running out of patience. Hendry showed me enough last year that I want him around. I don't see alot of minutes for Sopel this year, maybe he'll have time to cut/wash his hair.

Clermont, FL

#5 Oct 9, 2008
I don't have any problems with the defensemen other than for the most part during camp Barker was paired with Campbell and they seemed to have had played well together.Barker started strong but must have tailed of towards the end of camp. If Barker's that slow what does that make Sopel? Orr? Of course Sopel's experience and positioning make up for his slowness.It's still 60/40 as far as Barker's cap hit and lack of speed to why he's starting in Rockford...Hey i'm not a big fan of the guy either and Sopel's bound to get hurt as he's goog for about 60 games...GO HAWKS!

United States

#6 Oct 9, 2008
On many occasions last year I wondered what Cam Barker was doing on an NHL roster. It looks as though Dale Tallon has been wondering the same thing.

Since: Sep 08

Hobart, IN

#7 Oct 9, 2008
Cam Barker is 6'3 220 and he plays like hes 5'7.
Another reason hes in Rockford.

Chicago, IL

#8 Oct 9, 2008
Barker is awful. He's always out of position and has to take penalties because wingers get in behind him. He's Greg Fox with less talent.

Saint Petersburg, FL

#9 Oct 9, 2008
Sorry rauno I forgot his lack of toughness and passivness..Like I said not a big fan.
Doc Hockey

United States

#10 Oct 9, 2008
I'm one of Barker's harshest critics, but if you think he was sent down for any other reason than salary cap, you're mistaken.

La Crosse, WI

#11 Oct 9, 2008
Keep the legs moving boys!! Bring it on! Let's get this thing rolling from the start. GO HAWKS!!

United States

#12 Oct 9, 2008
Last year Sopel made alot of key defensive plays. Barker just does not get it, he turns over the puck in the defensive zone and gets dumb penalties. I like what the Hawks have on the team for the defense. I would love to see the Hawks trade Cam for forward.

Since: Sep 08

Hobart, IN

#13 Oct 9, 2008
I agree with ya Tim, and Sopel has a penchant for blocking shots. Sometimes its a detriment as he is bound for injury.
Barker could still end up a good defenseman but it'll probably be with another team.

United States

#14 Oct 9, 2008
Barker has a 2.5 mil cap hit. It would have made more sense for Khabby to be in the AHL right now and have Niemi and Barker up in the NHL but I dont think Tallon wants to lose Khabby on re-entry waivers when the time comes to trade him.
You gotta remember as of right now Khabby has no value because the majority of clubs are set with there rosters. Now, in the next few months I'm sure teams will have injured No. 1 goalies and or just arent happy with there starters and will want to make changes. I would say Ottawa, Colorado and LA (if not tanking for Tavares)will have an interest come November/December and I'm sure Tallon will get an asset out of a deal for Khabby then. When that happens we can bring Barker up as well as Niemi or Crawford.
At any rate I'm not worried right now. The only thing I'm worried about at this point is staying healthy for the season, If the Hawks can do that then they are a top 4 team in the West.

Geneva, IL

#15 Oct 9, 2008
Nick, the rumor out there is that Ottawa is waiting to get Khabby. Once they get past the first qtr of the season his salary goes down and teams can afford that cap hit, especially if they trade a player. Personally I am not upset that Cam is in the AHL, I want to see him traded

Stittsville, Canada

#16 Oct 9, 2008
Nick another point is the LA Kings have a ton of cap room. They could afford Khabby later in the year or as you suggest tank it for a shot at Tavares. If they got Tavares and kept the cap room they could really make some noise on free agents next year and start a rebuild.

Stittsville, Canada

#17 Oct 9, 2008
Tim Ottawa could fit Khabby in. Auld or Gerber would have to move, probably Auld.I hope we get an asset for Khabby if he moves. Don't give him away for a bag of pucks.

Sierra Vista, AZ

#18 Oct 10, 2008
One of the things i am looking for is how we push the puck across the blue line. Last year it just didn't seem like we could get set up on the offensive end very quickly and fluidly. It seemed as though we did a whole lot of dumping and chasing instead of controlling the puck and getting right to an offensive set. That led to a whole lot of puck chasing and a lot less good passing. With the defensive set up and the type of player Campbell is, I look to see this change early on.

Go Blackhawks!!

United States

#19 Oct 10, 2008
Tim wrote:
Nick, the rumor out there is that Ottawa is waiting to get Khabby. Once they get past the first qtr of the season his salary goes down and teams can afford that cap hit, especially if they trade a player. Personally I am not upset that Cam is in the AHL, I want to see him traded
Khabbys cap hit drops by about 1 mill every month he plays so you figure around December 1st his cap hit will be about 5 mill.

Khabby is worth a 1st round pick and a prospect with a 4-5 mill salary. If a club is desperate for a No. 1 starter thats what they will have to give up for Khabby.

Now if Khabby makes it to the trade deadline (which I doubt) I really dont see why Tallon would trade Khabby at that point. If the Hawks are in the playoff hunt and the tandem is working why trade him? unless their is an offer on the table Tallon cant refuse it would be moot.

Niles, MI

#20 Oct 10, 2008
Lol Adam is a great guy. Got to meet him once and hes very nice. He is an enforcer but I can just picture him smiling and laughing about it because that his personality. He doesn't seem mean at all, unlike Mr. Avery!

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