OT: Stanley Cup Finals Game 6. Chicago at Boston
Great to see Scotty Bowman get another cup! The man is a legend! I love that he came to help his son in Chicago back in 08.
Good point. 13th Cup that Scotty has been a part of, which is just incredible. Congrats to a true hockey legend.
Didn't people say this after 2010?
yep, and the hawks lost Byfuglien to the flames last time due to the salary cap. I am hoping Bickell will move on over to the Wings with the Mule being a shell he once was.
They are in much better financial shape than they were after 2010.
On this very board, matter of fact, Wings fans gloated that Chicago would be gutted by the salary cap after the last Cup. This is where the Bowmans, father and son, are key. They are unsentimental, and will trade off non-essential parts of the team as necessary. Their eye for talent is huge, allowing them to restock with more good talent at a good price.
The Blackhawks infrastructure appears built for the long haul, and they are willing to pay as much as they're allowed to in order to win and compete. Between the United Center and TV, their income has allowed them to put together a team free agents want to be a part of. When a community is attractive, along with a team, you have the seeds for long term success. Some players who want to stay are willing to give a "home team discount." Other free agents who want the chance to win the cup are willing to come to this kind of team for less than they would go elsewhere.
IIRC, the Wings will be hamstrung slightly as long as they continue in Joe Louis. But the Wings have a history that surpasses all other NHL teams in the US. (The Habs and Leafs, on the other hand, will always be at the top of the hockey world.)
The Hawks locked up most of their core longterm, and have an embarrassment of riches in the system. Even if they do get in a salary cap jam by trying to overpay for Bickell, they can amnesty Hossa and/or Sharp.
I'm still on a high off that victory, zero productivity at work today for this guy. HAWKS!!!!!!
Congrats on the win. Zero productivity at work for me because I got no sleep in Wrigleyville last night haha
Perhaps this is coming from a Red Wing' fan's perspective, but I'll throw it out there. To me, the Blackhawks are the Buckeyes of the NHL. Some extremely unlikeable individual players (Hossa, Kane, for starters), the worst fans around, and a pattern of getting way more than their share of breaks.
Why do you think Hossa is unlikeable? I also despise the Hawks, but Marian Hossa is one of my favorite players. The guy is incredible, basically everything I wish Franzen would be (still bitter).
I understand Kane, a lot of people think he is a punk. I'll still root hard for him when he puts on the stars and stripes, though.
This is the second time I've seen a Wings fan say this, and I really don't get it. I mean, how often do you hear of Hawks fans pooping in coolers, or throwing shit at opposing fanbases. Just because we think Detroit sucks, does not mean there isn't at least grudging respect for the Red Wings.
Also, I'm not really sure what about Kane is particularly unlikable. Yeah, he's a bro, a drunk, and an idiot, but he's been 18 - 24 during almost all of that time. Would you rather he be Crosby? He also focused in over the offseason and lockout quite a bit, maturing a sizeable amount.
I personally troll'd a couple of apparent Blackhawk fans a few weeks ago. Sorry about all of that. Congrats on the Stanley Cup.
Ah what a beautiful win. I never had anything against the Bruins until this series and really enjoyed their win over the Nucks two years ago. But after dealing with Chara, Lucic, and Seguin this series? Yeah, fuck 'em.
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