Blackhawk Martin Havlat's injury-free...

Blackhawk Martin Havlat's injury-free season has team thinking ...

There are 36 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 12, 2009, titled Blackhawk Martin Havlat's injury-free season has team thinking .... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Martin Havlat 's ability to stay injury-free this season has been a big factor in the Blackhawks ' success.

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Ryan

Woodridge, IL

#1 Feb 13, 2009
Does that mean we get a sneak peak of our goalie of the future on Saturday? Niemi played a Modano-less Stars in the pre-season and did very well. I hope Q starts him.
BFM

Wood Dale, IL

#2 Feb 13, 2009
This is a tough one. There are very legitimate and compelling arguments for both resigning him and for letting him walk after the season. He is the most talented offensive player on the roster and they need him (healthy), but in my book playing 50+ games injury free doesn't earn you ironman status. Take his career with the Hawks as a whole and what it tells you is that he's easily injured and could go down at any time. He has shown a desire to backcheck and is working hard to pick up his man in our own end, although he has a tendency to make poor decisions with the puck in his own end. I don't want to lose him but where is the money coming from? Don't you think the Hawks would be wise to sign Toews, Kane and Keith to extensions after THIS season. Do you want any of those guys even entertaining offers from other teams? If they think Marty can be part of the nucleus for the next 4-6 years, go ahead pull the trigger. But if he ends up in street cloths for 180 games the next five years....
Anybody can get injured at any time. Nobody knows who it'll be or when. Use history as your guide. Do your homework then do what everybody else does. Roll the dice.
Section 319

Munster, IN

#3 Feb 13, 2009
Not enough O's in smooth to describe Havlat's game. And now he's even a top two-way player. Awesome. We gotta keep him.

Really need to take it to St. Louis. We owe them.

Let's Go Hawks!
BFM

Wood Dale, IL

#4 Feb 13, 2009
Ryan wrote:
Does that mean we get a sneak peak of our goalie of the future on Saturday? Niemi played a Modano-less Stars in the pre-season and did very well. I hope Q starts him.
Savard was on the radio earlier in the week and said Niemi was the best goalie in training camp and the pre-season. I agree, but pre-season is one thing and battling for playoff position, in February, in the regular season is another. Niemi is no kid, he's 25 or 26. It's time to see what he can do when it matters.
Bears fan in NY

Putnam Valley, NY

#5 Feb 13, 2009
I would trade him in a second. He's an injury waiting to happen.

“COMMIT TO THE INDIAN”

Since: Oct 08

Naperville

#6 Feb 13, 2009
I think that they should keep Havlat. Players on the team know that they are getting close. Detroit is able to keep their great players, so there is no reason why the Hawks can't keep theirs. I still believe that Havlat is one of the most consistant players this year and as time goes on he is doing more than he did before. Maybe he has been often injured, if he can stay healthy all year he deserves to get the contract. Maybe they will put some clause in it about staying healthy. You never know. I would love to see him light the lamp several times tonight
BFM

Wood Dale, IL

#7 Feb 13, 2009
I don't know if I believe Khabi is hurt. There may be something in the works tradewise and there's no need to showcase him any further. He's already shown the best he's got (and that's pretty damn good!). I would hate to see him go, but he's not going to be here next year and maybe the Hawks could get somebody who can help them for years to come.
What happened to Scotty Bowman on the road trip? Did he just take in the warm weather leg?
My gut tells me we are not going to stand pat 'til the trading deadline. To Dale, Scotty and Scotty Jr.- Don't F this up!
bucky badger

AOL

#8 Feb 13, 2009
"when you say badgers and blackhawks,you've said it all"
Chico17

La Crosse, WI

#9 Feb 13, 2009
Goaltending is a crapshoot. The AHL is full of guys that could become extremely effective or simply suck in the NHL. The most unpredictable position in any sport. Believe me, you never know what you are going to get until the guy gets his shot. Very little seperates goalies (especially young guys)in the AHL. Could be coaching, a tweak here or there mechanically or a simple mental edge making the difference. I just hope Khabby is going to be ok or we could be in for a rough stretch if we have to rely on an unproven guy to back up CH. Or he could be a star waiting to happen....
Chico17

La Crosse, WI

#10 Feb 13, 2009
Personally, I am a huge fan of Marty Havlat. What a talent! His history of injuries makes me wary...
Tony

Saint Petersburg, FL

#11 Feb 13, 2009
Sorry but i'm not getting on the Marty Havlat feel good train...
Tony

Saint Petersburg, FL

#12 Feb 13, 2009
BFM wrote:
I don't know if I believe Khabi is hurt. There may be something in the works tradewise and there's no need to showcase him any further. He's already shown the best he's got (and that's pretty damn good!). I would hate to see him go, but he's not going to be here next year and maybe the Hawks could get somebody who can help them for years to come.
What happened to Scotty Bowman on the road trip? Did he just take in the warm weather leg?
My gut tells me we are not going to stand pat 'til the trading deadline. To Dale, Scotty and Scotty Jr.- Don't F this up!
My guess is that Bowman is doing nothing...He's just hanging out with his son...
South Sider in Florida

Pensacola, FL

#13 Feb 13, 2009
Chris, while I love reading your columns on the Hawks, this was one I didn't want to read. Please don't even MENTION Havlat's injury prone previous seasons ever again.
What are you trying to do? Jinx the guy? ;-)
USMCVet

United States

#14 Feb 13, 2009
Dale needs to decide if they are going to keep him or get rid of him. If they do not sign Havlat, then they should trade him and get something for him instead of letting him walk away, same with Khabbi. Look for the Hawks to trade Khabbi...
RamRod

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Feb 13, 2009
With the exception of the Savard to Quennville move, I haven't seen anything that makes me think that the "office" is prone to making rash moves that would mess with the Karma of the team.

Call it a vote of confidence, I guess.

One another note, there was a side story on the other thread, regarding the turmoil with the Rangers vs Islanders. Boy, do I appreciate what we have here in Chicago after reading the posts from their fans! Brutal.

We're being swept along with the kids, in fresh and exciting territory. They're wallowing in the "same old, same old".

"They're OUR kids, damnit!"
BFM

Wood Dale, IL

#16 Feb 13, 2009
Tony wrote:
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My guess is that Bowman is doing nothing...He's just hanging out with his son...
All I know is that if Bowman (Scotty) has to give his stamp of approval to anything that Tallon concocts I'll feel alot better about whatever the Hawks do the next few weeks. With all due respect to RamRod and his "don't mess with the karma" view, I don't think they can and I don't think they will let the trading deadline pass without making a deal (or two).

“COMMIT TO THE INDIAN”

Since: Oct 08

Naperville

#17 Feb 13, 2009
Tony wrote:
Sorry but i'm not getting on the Marty Havlat feel good train...
Come on Tony, Havlat has had a great year. I am not telling people to go out and buy Havlat Jerseys but he is playing great this year. I believe his move to the 3rd line was the best thing Coach Q could have done for him.
tim howe

Gilberts, IL

#18 Feb 13, 2009
Hey, I know where you can get $7.4 million: dump 51. He'd be worth keeping at $2M, but he's easily $5m/year overpaid considering his reculctance to take/give a hit, turnovers in his own zone and sloppy passing.
Tony

Saint Petersburg, FL

#19 Feb 13, 2009
Tim - Hockey Rules wrote:
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Come on Tony, Havlat has had a great year. I am not telling people to go out and buy Havlat Jerseys but he is playing great this year. I believe his move to the 3rd line was the best thing Coach Q could have done for him.
Yes Tim he's playing well i'm not denying that fact but i'm not all warm and fuzzy about giving him a long term deal based on 50 games of injury free hockey...He just hasn't proved he can stay healthy over the long haul.I'd give him a 1yr deal, that's it...
USMCVet

United States

#20 Feb 13, 2009
Tim - Hockey Rules wrote:
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Come on Tony, Havlat has had a great year. I am not telling people to go out and buy Havlat Jerseys but he is playing great this year. I believe his move to the 3rd line was the best thing Coach Q could have done for him.
I would also like to add that with the kind of talent on the team and Havlat being healthy, this is the player they signed. If you don't think he is performing now, then he will never meet your expectations...Looking forward to tonights game!

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