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Blackhawks go for sweep of Sharks at United Center

There are 15 comments on the WIAT-TV Birmingham story from May 23, 2010, titled Blackhawks go for sweep of Sharks at United Center. In it, WIAT-TV Birmingham reports that:

The Chicago Blackhawks will try to complete a sweep of the Western Conference finals this afternoon, when they host the top-seeded San Jose Sharks in Game 4 from United Center.

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Da Bears 2010

Glen Ellyn, IL

#4 May 24, 2010
Way to go Hawks, great series. Its on to the Stanley Cup!!
Go Hawks

Milford, CT

#5 May 24, 2010
Da Bears 2010 wrote:
Way to go Hawks, great series. Its on to the Stanley Cup!!
4 more wins and we take the hardware. History will be made.

“Slicing Through the B.S.”

Since: Aug 09

Wanna touch my Katana?

#6 May 24, 2010
Hawks v Flyers. Hawks in 6
Skizazz

Beecher, IL

#7 May 24, 2010
It's sad that one of these crap-ass teams is going to be immortalized on the Stanley Cup. The salary cap and expansion have diluted the talent in the NHL to the level that the best teams in the league are at best, "decent". The best teams in the league from even ten or fifteen years ago would absolutely DESTROY the teams of today.

Let's get rid of the salary cap so we can see some REAL hockey instead of the unwatchable crapfest we have now!!!(Of course, that will never happen.)

With that said, I hope the Hawks get smoked because they are a big part of the reason the league has a cap. The Hawks are cheap-asses who always sucked because they didn't want to spend the money. Instead, they pushed the league to put in a cap to insure nobody else could spend money either. So now, they're the same lousy organization they've always been but they've brought the rest of the league down to their level.
Go Hawks

Milford, CT

#8 May 24, 2010
Skizazz wrote:
It's sad that one of these crap-ass teams is going to be immortalized on the Stanley Cup. The salary cap and expansion have diluted the talent in the NHL to the level that the best teams in the league are at best, "decent". The best teams in the league from even ten or fifteen years ago would absolutely DESTROY the teams of today.
Let's get rid of the salary cap so we can see some REAL hockey instead of the unwatchable crapfest we have now!!!(Of course, that will never happen.)
With that said, I hope the Hawks get smoked because they are a big part of the reason the league has a cap. The Hawks are cheap-asses who always sucked because they didn't want to spend the money. Instead, they pushed the league to put in a cap to insure nobody else could spend money either. So now, they're the same lousy organization they've always been but they've brought the rest of the league down to their level.
Try some cheese with your whine. Wings fan?

“Slicing Through the B.S.”

Since: Aug 09

Wanna touch my Katana?

#9 May 24, 2010
Skizazz wrote:
It's sad that one of these crap-ass teams is going to be immortalized on the Stanley Cup. The salary cap and expansion have diluted the talent in the NHL to the level that the best teams in the league are at best, "decent". The best teams in the league from even ten or fifteen years ago would absolutely DESTROY the teams of today.
Let's get rid of the salary cap so we can see some REAL hockey instead of the unwatchable crapfest we have now!!!(Of course, that will never happen.)
With that said, I hope the Hawks get smoked because they are a big part of the reason the league has a cap. The Hawks are cheap-asses who always sucked because they didn't want to spend the money. Instead, they pushed the league to put in a cap to insure nobody else could spend money either. So now, they're the same lousy organization they've always been but they've brought the rest of the league down to their level.
Why not restore the two line pass, straighten the sticks, remove the masks and let the goalies play wherever they want? For that matter, take down the glass and restore the chicken wire. And remove the nets. And only one zebra. Would that be real enough hockey for you?

This year's Hawks are a great team and it has been fun to watch them in the playoffs. They pass, they shoot, they hit, and they score. Neimi has been solid in goal. What more do you want?
Skizazz

Beecher, IL

#10 May 24, 2010
Go Hawks wrote:
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Try some cheese with your whine. Wings fan?
Nope, not a Wings fan at all. Just somebody who understands what good hockey is and realizes this isn't it.
Skizazz

Beecher, IL

#11 May 24, 2010
Okuba_Toshimichi wrote:
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This year's Hawks are a great team and it has been fun to watch them in the playoffs. They pass, they shoot, they hit, and they score. Neimi has been solid in goal. What more do you want?
The Hawks are FAR from a great team. This team, or any other team in the league, would get CRUSHED by the best teams from ten years ago. You will never see a great team in any sport with a salary cap because the purpose of the cap is to even the playing field. That means the best players are scattered throughout the league and doesn't let any one or two teams load up on talent. It makes for a lot more parity but the overall quality of play suffers. If you don't see the difference you don't know hockey. The facts are, the best players play best when they are surrounded by other good players and with a cap that can't happen.

“Slicing Through the B.S.”

Since: Aug 09

Wanna touch my Katana?

#12 May 25, 2010
Skizazz wrote:
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The Hawks are FAR from a great team. This team, or any other team in the league, would get CRUSHED by the best teams from ten years ago. You will never see a great team in any sport with a salary cap because the purpose of the cap is to even the playing field. That means the best players are scattered throughout the league and doesn't let any one or two teams load up on talent. It makes for a lot more parity but the overall quality of play suffers. If you don't see the difference you don't know hockey. The facts are, the best players play best when they are surrounded by other good players and with a cap that can't happen.
Yes, the talent is diluted, but you get what you get. If you prefer to live in the past then do so. However, you have to go back further than 10 years for the game you longingly reminisce about.

In 2000 the NJ Devils won the cup. Looking over the roster for that year, I would stack them against the Hawks. It would be a good series and would come down to, as it always does, which goaltender was hotter. But speed for speed, shot for shot, hit for hit it would otherwise be an even match. The Devils didn't really have a goon. Neither do the Blackhawks. And face it, that's what you're complaining about. The lack of goons on today's teams
Go Hawks

Milford, CT

#13 May 25, 2010
Okuba_Toshimichi wrote:
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Yes, the talent is diluted, but you get what you get. If you prefer to live in the past then do so. However, you have to go back further than 10 years for the game you longingly reminisce about.
In 2000 the NJ Devils won the cup. Looking over the roster for that year, I would stack them against the Hawks. It would be a good series and would come down to, as it always does, which goaltender was hotter. But speed for speed, shot for shot, hit for hit it would otherwise be an even match. The Devils didn't really have a goon. Neither do the Blackhawks. And face it, that's what you're complaining about. The lack of goons on today's teams
What could be more exciting than watching those Devils of 10 years ago playing that neutral zone trap?...zzzzz.
Skizazz

Beecher, IL

#14 May 25, 2010
Okuba_Toshimichi wrote:
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Yes, the talent is diluted, but you get what you get. If you prefer to live in the past then do so. However, you have to go back further than 10 years for the game you longingly reminisce about.
In 2000 the NJ Devils won the cup. Looking over the roster for that year, I would stack them against the Hawks. It would be a good series and would come down to, as it always does, which goaltender was hotter. But speed for speed, shot for shot, hit for hit it would otherwise be an even match. The Devils didn't really have a goon. Neither do the Blackhawks. And face it, that's what you're complaining about. The lack of goons on today's teams
Where did I say anything about goons??? I've got no use for goons. I like fast, well played hockey and goons only slow the game down. I've played enough hockey to know that a line is only as good as it's weakest point. There's nothing like seeing a full line of really really good players all on the ice at one. Unfortunately, you'll never see a full line of great players with a cap.

I agree, there's been plenty of teams that have won the cup in the past that weren't great. You don't get great teams every year in any sport. However, with a cap you'll NEVER see a great team again. The goal of a cap is parity and parity equals mediocrity.

The 80's to 90's had plenty of great teams loaded with talent. Teams like Edmonton, Colorado, and Detroit were truely great teams and it's a shame we'll never get to see hockey played at a high level like that again.
Aging Teen Idol

Glen Ellyn, IL

#15 May 26, 2010
Skizazz wrote:
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Where did I say anything about goons??? I've got no use for goons. I like fast, well played hockey and goons only slow the game down. I've played enough hockey to know that a line is only as good as it's weakest point. There's nothing like seeing a full line of really really good players all on the ice at one. Unfortunately, you'll never see a full line of great players with a cap.
I agree, there's been plenty of teams that have won the cup in the past that weren't great. You don't get great teams every year in any sport. However, with a cap you'll NEVER see a great team again. The goal of a cap is parity and parity equals mediocrity.
The 80's to 90's had plenty of great teams loaded with talent. Teams like Edmonton, Colorado, and Detroit were truely great teams and it's a shame we'll never get to see hockey played at a high level like that again.
Apparently you are not watching the actual games, I dont know about the Eastern Conf. but watching the Blackhawks series against San Jose, and Vancouver it was wide open, crisp passing, goal to goal action for both teams and not just the top two lines. Fighting is way down this year, and the teams are still putting some pretty good hitting going on. I've been watching hockey since the 60's and this is way more exciting than in the past. Parity is good, you dont have only 4 or 5 good teams, you have at least 12 good teams. The difference between the 1st and 8th seeds are really not that much. A team has to play hard every night. Look at the NFL. Look what parity has done for them. Half the teams are good enough with a chance to make the playoffs.
Skizazz

Beecher, IL

#16 May 27, 2010
Aging Teen Idol wrote:
<quoted text>Parity is good, you dont have only 4 or 5 good teams, you have at least 12 good teams. The difference between the 1st and 8th seeds are really not that much. A team has to play hard every night. Look at the NFL. Look what parity has done for them. Half the teams are good enough with a chance to make the playoffs.
Parity isn't good, parity equals mediocrity. I have watched some of these games and they are pathetic. People have wondered why the NHL hasn't been able to capitalize on the excitement generated buy Olympic hockey. The answer should be pretty obvious, there's less teams and no cap for the Olympics to dilute the talent. All you have is great players playing together with other great players. Great players can't perform at their best when there are surrounded with sub-par talent. Because of that, scoring continues to drop in the NHL and so has interest.

You're right, there isn't much difference between the top and bottom seeds and that's why the play sucks. I would much rather prefer to see a league with four or five really good teams than what we have now. We don't have twelve "good" teams now. We've got about fifteen "decent" teams and the rest are pathetic. Basically what the cap has done is weakened the best teams and spread their talent to the weaker teams which, more or less, pushes everyone to the middle. So if you think watching a couple decent .500 teams compete for the Stanley Cup is good hockey, you obviously don't understand what "good hockey" is.
Go Hawks

Milford, CT

#17 May 27, 2010
Love this current Hawks team. History will be made.
Skizazz

Beecher, IL

#18 May 27, 2010
Aging Teen Idol wrote:
<quoted text> Look at the NFL. Look what parity has done for them. Half the teams are good enough with a chance to make the playoffs.
Yes, look at the NFL, another crap-ass league where the best teams in the league today are NO better than 9-7 teams in a non-cap league. I want to see teams with great players at multiple skilled positions. Unfortuately, in the NFL, if you spend big money for a good quarterback you end up with no money for receivers to throw to or a line to protect him and he can't play at the level he's capable of.

People just have no understanding of how a salary cap affects sports. A few years ago when the Bears had a really good defense all I heard were Bears fans complaining about how they Bears were cheap because they wouldn't spend the money to get a good offense. Duh!!! The reason they didn't have a good offense is because they spent all their money on a defense. You've only allowed to spend a certain amount of money. Now they spent money on the offense and picked up Cutler so the defense sucks. Of course, they gave Cutler so much money that they didn't have any money left for some decent receivers. So now they have a big money QB who sucks because he doesn't have anybody to throw to.

Salary caps punish good organizations and reward the bad ones. Why on earth would you want to do that? When a team builds themselves into a good they are forced to unload some of their best players in order to stay under the cap. Teams that make no effort to win are then able to pick up those guys because the good teams can't afford them. However, caps hurt bad teams as well. If you have a really bad team with little cap space you're stuck with that team because you can't spend any money to improve it. That's why you see some incredibly bad teams in the NFL and NHL.

Salary caps destroy the good teams and preserve the bad ones. Gee...what a great concept!!!

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