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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Puckin Hostile Shoutcast
Episode 60

In this 60th Puckin Hostile Shoutcast, the Stephen Johns episode (picked 60th overall), the band all back together.

The group discuss the following:
-Gate crosses over and invades the Madhouse Podcast get together.
-NHL 17 features announced
-This year's Hall of Fame inductees announced, which incites a debate.
-Ray Bourque's fails the sobriety test.
-HNIC fires just about everyone.
-The buyout period opens with a few names.
-Couple of trades and re-signings.
-The NHL draft comes and goes with very few moves made.
-Cap number is set at $73 Million.
-The rest of the team weighs in on Bickell and Teravainen trade
-Andrew Shaw's rights are sent to Montreal, and they sign him to a stupid deal which a dopey beat writer just seems to love.
-Hawks sign Nick Schmaltz, finally, and he will disappoint you all.
-Patrick Kane wins all the awards
-Artemi Panarin wins the Calder
-The triumphant return of "The Hockey Press idiotic hot takes with Derek"
-A special guest coming next week for the Free Agency Swap-o-Rama
-And of course, as always, an abundance of inappropriate references and jokes in incredibly bad taste.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Blackhawks 2016 Entry Draft Ticker

Here is your running ticker of Blackhawks picks and transactions. We will provide a more comprehensive recap after the festivities wrap up.

Blackhawks Trades

  • Blackhawks acquired two 2nd-round picks (39th and 45th overall) in the 2016 National Hockey League Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Andrew Shaw's RFA rights.
  • Blackhawks traded pick 95 to the New York Islanders for pick 110 and a 2017 6th round pick
  • Blackhawks traded pick 144 to the St. Louis Blues for a 2017 5th round pick

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

2016-17 Blackhawks Salary Cap Hits

This will be a running ticker throughout the season. Roster members are only estimated until the season begins.

by Gatekeeper

Monday, June 20, 2016

Nick Schmaltz Will Disappoint You All

by Gatekeeper and Pat Stankus

It's so easy to elicit such anger and teeth gnashing by just a simple title and, lets be honest, you're here because of the title. Walk with #TeamMiserable through the forest of reality for a little bit.

Fatrick - So here we are again, Gate. One highly touted prospect leaves, and less than a week later, another one enters. Unfortunately for much of the Blackhawks fan base, they haven’t learned their lesson. On Sunday afternoon news broke that the Hawks had signed 2014 1st round draft pick Nick Schmaltz. With that news, many of the meatballs emerged from their summer slumbers drooling at the news. I mean what’s not to get excited about? Schmaltz has an awesome collection of YouTube videos of him schooling other players of his size. Problem like is, in this day in age, everyone thinks their a scout. “Oh my God, look at this set up by Schmaltz. He’s gonna be a stud in the NHL.” Sorry to be a Debbie Downer folks, but one play doesn’t mean he’s going to light the NHL on fire.

Gatekeeper - The problem with the Nick Schmaltz hype is, just that. The hype. He played on one of the two best lines in college hockey (the other including Tyler Motte). His name was everywhere. He played on the national champion North Dakota Fighting Sioux...mething-or-others. He's a great prospect. But he's a prospect. He is at the level Teuvo Teravainen was 2 years ago, when I was told that he would immediately step in and be a 1/2 point per game player. Spoiler alert, he didn't do that. That is no knock on Teravainen either, because those were completely unrealistic expectations. I like Teuvo, but hold up on the fucking parades.

Fatrick - Precisely, Gate, haven’t we learned our lessons? Wasn’t Teuvo supposed to be “The Savior” of the franchise? How quickly did we learn that he wasn’t NHL ready when the Hawks brought him over? With open spots on the roster, you can pencil in Schmaltz on the Hawks roster. That’s fine. Problem is most people are going to expect this kid to light the NHL on fire, and sorry to say, it’s not going to happen. Not with the roll the Hawks are going to put him in. Earlier today Mark Lazerus tweeted out the potential line combinations for the upcoming. He like Gate and I have Schmaltz penciled in on the 3rd line. That’s great, hey you need to fill a roster. But this is the exact same route the Hawks took with Teuvo. If you’re going to develop him, then develop him correctly. Don’t force him into a roll he’s not accustomed with. Like Teuvo, I’m all for letting Schmaltz play in Rockford for a season. Have realistic expectations people. To think Schmaltz will be the next Patrick Kane right out of the gate is dumb. The Hawks didn’t have anything to lose when Kane was brought in. They had glaring holes to fill, and not to mention no one was paying attention or gave a rat’s ass about what the Hawks did back then.

Gatekeeper - Playing a year in Rockford might be the best thing for him but, with all the holes in the lineup, the team may not have a choice. Can we all just take a look back at some of the recent college players that were solid prospects in the Hawks system? Kyle Baun, Mike Paliotta, Steven Johns, Drew Leblanc, Tanner Kero, Vince Hinostroza to name a few. Some decent prospects there, but no one bringing in even 30 points in the NHL. Schmaltz maybe only be slightly better than this crew. The worst thing that could have happened, as far as expectation, was that Artemi Panarin ran through the league like his god damn hair was on fire, this past season. Panarin is 24. He is at least 3 years ahead of both Schmaltz and Teravainen. Three years of development, early in your career, is a long time.

Fatrick - Barring a trade of Corey Crawford, the Hawks are in a win now type mode. Throwing a highly touted prospect into the fire in a role he is not familiar with is a recipe for disaster. Again, ask Teuvo how that felt. There’s no rush to throw these guys into the lineup. This isn’t Edmonton. The Hawks are contenders. Eventually we’ll get back to a day where trotting out prospects is the route to go, but not now. Let the summer play itself out and see what happens at the draft, and free agency.

Gatekeeper - Too many people have assumed that Nick Schmaltz will step in and be a top 6 wing. That's not going to happen. It's just not. First of all, he's a natural Center and there is some guy named Jonathan Toews there. You might get some Andrew Shaw style filling in, when Q flips the switch on the line blender, but you're going to see Nick Schmaltz playing somewhere in the bottom 6. Playing in Teravainen's old spot, if he's lucky and has a good camp. If he struggles, you could see him get the Marko Dano experience (previously named the Teuvo Tower of Terror). Therre is nothing wrong with this. Be patient and pragmatic.

Fatrick - While we’re on this subject, let’s apply some of this same thinking towards Tyler Motte. Stop rushing these guys, and have some common sense when it comes to prospects. Not all of them are as good as their junior, collegiate, or minor league careers were. I mean Troy Brouwer was a world beater back in the days in Norfolk and Rockford. (#NowDerek , before the Hawks had an AHL affiliation with Rockford, they had one with Norfolk.) Temper your expectations people. We’ve got a long summer ahead of us, and still more questions than answers at this point. It will be an interesting couple of weeks coming up with the draft this week, and free agency the following.

Until next time, good night and don’t be a meathead.

In this ongoing series here at Puckin Hostile, we smack you in the face with a little bit of a #TruthBomb. Feel free to check out the previous reality checks in this series:
-Kyle Baun and Mike Paliotta Will Disappoint......Ahhh Nevermind
-Teuvo Teräväinen Will Disappoint You All
-Marcus Krüger will Disappoint You All

And the slight whiff of the group:
-Spies Like Us, Comrade (Artemi Panarin)
"Things You Oughta Know" Panarin, Tikhonov, and more

Friday, June 17, 2016

Special Puckin Hostile Shoutcast
The Trade Companion Episode

In this special surprise Puckin Hostile Trade Companion episode, Fatrick and Gatekeeper (aka FatKeeper) go old school, to discuss the trade on everybody's mind.

Team Miserable discusses the following:
-The Bickell/Teravainen trade to Carolina
-Perception vs Reality of Shaw and Teravainen
-Lingering cap woes
-The Meatball Hero, and how much can the Blackhawks really pay him
-Saad vs Panarin

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Happy Birthday Puckin Hostile

I just wanted to put a formal post up to recognize a milestone in the history of Puckin Hostile. Today, 6/16/16, is six years since I decided to register the domain and create this stupid little website of my thoughts. Years of laughs, tears and, many times, frustration have been well worth it. I'm extremely proud of what I have started and then what Pat, Derek and Bryan have added to it. They have allowed me to focus on other parts of the Hostile franchise, while adding countless ideas and material. I simply could not keep this place running without the help.

In addition to the site itself and its over 800 posts, this has allowed me to somewhat follow a small dream of mine. The Shoutcast. I was always an enormous talk radio fan, going back to High School. It's an easy way to digest new things, and use humor to lighten the every day bullshit. I loved Jonathan Brandmeier, Kevin Matthews, Steve Dahl, Boers and McNeil back in the day, and of course, The King of All Media, Howard Stern. I always envied people who got to work in this profession, like Jay Zawaski. I understand it is not as glamorous as a lot of people think it is, but it was always an interest of mine. Teaming up with Pat two years ago helped me get this ball rolling, and it has snowballed into a pretty fun and successful project.

Thank you to all who have helped, supported and rode this Hostile bus, along the way. People have hopped on and hopped off, as will always happen, but you have all helped to push me to keep this old jalopy running.

"Sweet Carolina, and the Meatball Hero"
Blackhawks trade Bickell and Teravainen

It always happens like this, doesn't it? We spent 2 1/2 hours roasting each other on the Shoutcast, because nothing is going on, and the very next day the sky falls. Today the Blackhawks announced that they had launched Bryan Bickell into the sun, along with Teuvo Tervainen, for the 50th overall pick in this year's draft, and a 2017 third round pick.

While we can be caught a little off guard with this move, it has been discussed over and over, these past few months. Bryan Bickell had to go. He simply had to. Whether Bowman bought him out, or he was traded, a move was inevitable. The cap, and roster could not be mucked up any longer with his decaying useless body. Most thought he was going to be bought out, once the aforementioned buyout period opened at 4PM, yesterday. He didn't make it that far, and it's a fair question to ask "why not?"

No love lost here, as he has done nothing but cause the Blackhawks front office and those who cover the team closely anxiety. We cannot fault him for taking money he was offered, but we can fault him for playing well below the level he was paid. The Bickell situation directly led to the Sharp > Daley > Scuderi > Ehrhoff epic debacle. The Saad situation wasn't simplified any, with an extra $4 million of cap space tied up in Captain Vertigo, either. This was a ripple effect from hell, to the likes of which the Blackhawks will continue to pay. It took Bowman a while, but he finally got rid of the stinky carcass, but that doesn't clean up the wake of destruction left behind.

The major problem with this deal, is that the Blackhawks gave up an affordable 21 year old rookie, who has his entire career ahead of him. A player that was considered one of the top prospects in the entire NHL, just months prior. A skill forward that could (debatably) play the pivot, or on the wall. That speaks volumes. A player that put up 13 goals and 35 points in his first full NHL season, playing a majority of his time with two offensive juggernauts named Danualt, and Desjardins. A player that plays a major part on both the powerplay and the penalty kill, FOR A JOEL QUENNEVILLE COACHED TEAM.

Did I mention that he's cheap?

If you listen to the vocal meatball minority (and you shouldn't), Teravainen is a bust, a disappointment, or a non impact player. This is pure and utter rubbish and anything said to the contrary should elicit a mouth sewn shut and a straight jacket.

The Blackhawks need top 6 forwards, primarily on the top line, to fill one big hole and relieve an ageing veteran. The hole at left wing that Brandon Saad left, is still gaping, and Marian Hossa probably needs to slide down the line-up to limit the wear and tear on his legs and back. Who fills any of these holes? There is no one left.

You can mindlessly regurgitate the "Teravainen would have been taken in the expansion draft", and he might have been. So what? One more year with him making virtually nothing, certainly made the Blackhawks a better team and offered them some additional flexibility both financially and structurally. There is literally no one in the system that replaces the skillset that Teuvo Tervainen brought. This is fact. Not one player that could play the right wing next to Jonathan Toews, and see the game on that elite level. Knock Teuvo Teravainen's size all you'd like, but he makes plays and sees the game at that high level, and will only get better. Teravainen, when playing with competent players, was one of the top 2 or 3 passers on this entire roster. He could shoehorn passes to places that very few players in the entire league could accomplish.

This brings us to the final piece of this puzzle. Meatball hero, Andrew Shaw. I don't hate the guy. He has passion and a drive that is admirable, and seems to have a childlike love of the game. What he doesn't have, is justification for eating up the money that Bowman just spent over 2 years trying to shed. That money needs to be spent elsewhere. Have we literally learned nothing? Over inflated "rewards", like the ones Bickell and Kruger both received only turn out to be regrettable. If Shaw wants to stay for no raise, at all, be my guest. If you want to carry two bottom 6 forwards making more than $6 million, that is just not smart asset management.

This team's championship window is creeping shut, and these players aren't getting any younger. It's very well possible that Stan Bowman's swing for the fences, in February, was the last serious shot as this team gets thinner and thinner.

Under the radar, Richard Panik re-signed with the Blackhawks for one year, taking an actual cut in salary. This was an inevitable deal that needed to happen. Another year of #DickPanik.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Puckin Hostile Shoutcast
Episode 59

In this 59th Puckin Hostile Shoutcast, the Rob Klinkhammer episode, the team is once again joined by our, now slightly less, favorite St. Louis native, Bill Beck (@Sporils7) just a couple of days shy of Puckin Hostile's 6th anniversary. This time around, Mr. Froster has the evening off, while Derek rejoins the cast, following the consummation of his marriage, scaring a nice young woman for the rest of her life.

The group discuss the following:
-The unfortunate tragedies in Orlando.
-Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe passes away.
-We have a new cup champion in Pittsburgh, and Phil Kessel was robbed all around.
-Calder Cup champs have been decided.
-Coaching conundrums in St. Louis and Anaheim.
-Some early crazy signings, and stupid trades.
-Vegas expansion talk.
-New Florida logo and uniforms to the way of the footie kit.
-Carolina is in trouble, legally.
-The trading of Teuvo Teravainen, wait, he's still a Blackhawk?
-Hopefully the Brian Campbell saga has died.
-NHL Buyout period opens.
-The new GusBus.
-A new segment, "Top 5 Obscure Blackhawks".
-More listener questions.
-And of course, as always, an abundance of inappropriate references and jokes in incredibly bad taste.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Puckin Hostile Shoutcast
Episode 58

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In this 58th Puckin Hostile Shoutcast is joined by our favorite St. Louis native, Bill Beck for an epic [rump] roast(@Sporils7), while Derek has the episode off. Mr. AtomicFroster made us an advance podcast stats graph to simplify #WeightEffects:

The group discuss the following:
-Fatrick says goodbye to his 20s and skips right to his 40s.
-Derek is off getting his lobotomy.
-The Stanley Cup final starts between the #SHORKS and Penguins, and game two is live as we record.
-Expansion looks like a done deal.
-Cap outlook doesn't seem to favor Stan Bowman.
-More Hitch in St. Louis makes Fatrick happy.
-No one knows what the Florida Panthers are doing.
-Lots of minor signings.
-World Cup roster shitshow / No Olympics for NHL.
-Former Blackhawk Tom Lysiak passes away.
-Blackhawks make 3 signings.
-Nick Schmaltz chronicles.
-A cameo by Tazer, and a fuzzy David Backes.
-More listener questions.
-And of course, as always, an abundance of inappropriate references and jokes in incredibly bad taste.

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