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Blackhawks tough on Canadian teams

RamRod: Great post!  (Feb 6, 2009 | post #23)

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Blackhawks tough on Canadian teams

Bryan: Having spent time in the crease, you understand goaltending from the perspective of a player. The rotation thing is really working and I now personally think they should stay with it. The other day I kind of leaned toward letting Khabby begin to take over. Huet is actually doing a nice job. So today as amateur GM, I'm staying with the rotation! Maybe the reason more teams don't do it is because they simply don't have the good chemistry between the two guys OR the talent. Paul: We would be in trouble wouldn't we!  (Feb 6, 2009 | post #21)

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Blackhawks tough on Canadian teams

Boys: I don't think Havlat or Khabby are playing necessarily for the new contract. Of course that is a motivator for any athlete or anyone for that matter who works under a contract. Here's my opinion: It's very simple: Havlat is playing HEALTHY for the first season since he has been a Hawk. As we all know, playing a sport hurt is no fun, even as an amateur. I deal with injured HS kids all season long and they simply do not play as well when they are hurt (no kidding Chico) OR just coming back from injury. Havlat is in the toughest league in the world. Now he is healthy. The Bulin Wall: An allstar goalie with a Cup to his credit. A much better defense around him on a winning team. Rotating and staying healthy. He is simply a goaltender and year to year consistency is difficult. Where would the team be without them?  (Feb 6, 2009 | post #16)

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Blackhawks tough on Canadian teams

The boys continue to show why they are among the best in the NHL. They simply find ways to win on the road: only the best can have the kind of road record they have. They have not lost more than 2 in a row all season! I give Khabby an A for his performance. I'm running out of superlatives to describe this team! Every time a bit of doubt has crept in among fans, they go on a streak to show how good they really are. Wait until Kaner starts to score again. Keep the feet moving boys!!  (Feb 6, 2009 | post #15)

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Blackhawks still taking road trip by storm

BFM: keep drifting! It could happen. This road trip continues to show why this team is very, very good. Could be like the Sox and the Tigers/Twins. Yeah, reastically it's a long shot, however....  (Feb 4, 2009 | post #26)

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Blackhawks still taking road trip by storm

That comment about someone's military service makes no sense. I'm still trying to figure it out. I ask you personally to please refrain from such commentary. I hope you are not some sort of jerk that will use the Hawk forums for mindless, useless blather. I have seen it on the baseball forums and hope the infection doesn't spread to this one. As Tim said: This is about hockey and the Blackhawks. Please keep it that way. Keep the feet moving boys. GO HAWKS!  (Feb 4, 2009 | post #22)

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Blackhawks, Bulls friendly United Center neighbors

Curt: Relax man. Me thinks that hockey of your youth is beckoning to come back. Don't be so critical dude. There is room for both teams. You are a bitter guy. One last thing: Why do you insist on knocking the NHL so much?  (Feb 3, 2009 | post #14)

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Pierzynski's role not likely to change in '09

I'm just curious: Where do you get your statistics for "the dirtiest player in MLB and everyone knows it"? I have never seen a study on this. Why would you say "a perfect player for the Sox"?  (Feb 2, 2009 | post #22)

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Pierzynski's role not likely to change in '09

Yep, A.J. will continue to manage the pitching staff the way he has the past 6 years. In my opinion, his outstanding work behind the plate has really been overlooked. As far as the percentage of runners thrown out, he has been at the mercy of the pitching staff that simply cannot hold runners on (except for Buehrle and now Danks). Hopefully, that will begin to improve in '09. People may not like his personality, but overall he is a solid major league catcher.  (Feb 2, 2009 | post #11)

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White Sox's Jerry Owens to get another shot at leadoff spot

You have got to pull for him and hope he becomes an effective guy in the leadoff spot. The leadoff spot competition is going to be fun to watch in a few weeks.  (Feb 1, 2009 | post #39)

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Chicago Blackhawks defeat San Jose Sharks

For anyone interested: Go to the Blackhawks web site and check out the article on goalie coaching. I have studied Allaire, Streahlow and Corsi through the years to help me coach my goalies in high school. I try to tape as much as possible also. It is facinating work(fun actually) to see improvements in kid goalies. I had to learn it all on my own when I played as did most goalies who played in the 80's and before. I sure wish I had had a goalie coach. Maybe I wouldn't have been hit in the head as much if I did! The reason goalies get better all the time is because of the coaching they are getting at the lower levels from HS to Juniors to College. The young guys are very fortunate to be getting the coaching finally! I have had the honor of coaching my own son and he is a heck of a lot better than I was.  (Feb 1, 2009 | post #20)

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Chicago Blackhawks defeat San Jose Sharks

Sec317: Maybe Kane is just about healed up? Tony: Were you not able to get Comcast or did you switch to the San Jose feed to simply get their perspective? In my other post, I meant I do not know SPECIFICALLY what Waite and Khabby do for flexibility.  (Feb 1, 2009 | post #19)

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Chicago Blackhawks defeat San Jose Sharks

Give the Bulin Wall a B+ grade for his efforts. He was certainly effective with his pads, stopping a couple of what I thought were sure goals. I just hope he doesn't get injured. That man has a lot of flexibility for a a mid 30's guy. I don't know what he and Stephan Waite (goalie coach) do, but believe me it's a ton of stretching and using the medicine ball. It is extremely tough on the human body to do what goalies do. It's way more than crouching over and occasionally dropping to a butterfly position. Watching him perform like a kid amazes me. What a wonderful team victory. As Paul said, NO team in the NHL can be underestimated! It's tough to bring the A game every night, but when they get to the playoffs they are going to have to. In my opinion it was the biggest victory of the season. Maybe not their best game, but most important win.  (Feb 1, 2009 | post #15)

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White Sox reliever Scott Linebrink throws without pain

Surf: Thank you for the kind words. I really don't claim to know any more than any baseball coach that has spent probably too much of his adult life coaching the game. When I quit playing I wanted to stay around the game and found that helping kids enjoy the game was what I wanted to do. That's why I became a HS teacher to tell the truth! I have a kid who is 16 and is developing nicely and hopes to play in college. I did coach some college at one time also, but love to work with the HS age guys. One last thing on MLB hitting coaches: Rudy Jarmillo (Rangers) is considered the best in the business by a lot of folks. Also, I would mention by friend's name on here that is a current MLB hitting coach, but I'm not sure he would want that.  (Jan 31, 2009 | post #26)

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White Sox reliever Scott Linebrink throws without pain

JWChi: I don't know if you will read this as I am on here this late. Lau and Hrniak basically what I would call guys who were very concerned about making contact and hitting the ball to the AMV (area of maximum vulnerability) which is basically from the SS's left to the right field line. In other words, "to the right side". They both emphasized very "soft hands" and swinging the bat with a downward arc so the swing is extremely level. They were not against hitting for power, but believed in constantly going to the right side. As you know, The Big Hurt swore by Hrniak and as we know he most certainly hit for power!. Frank was one of those guys who really hit off a strong front foot as his back foot came off the ground as he hit, Only strong guys can do that. George Brett wqas a disciple of Charlie Lau. His son teaches hitting now in clinics. Hrniak had his critics and his followers. As far as Walker is concerned, he is well respected (I know my friend on another AL Central team respects him). I don't know that much about Walker to tell you the truth. I know the players love him and he is a confidence builder. Sometimes that's all that is needed.  (Jan 31, 2009 | post #24)