Speculation: What is/are our opening night roster/lines looking like?

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  1. Retail1LO*

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    Just curious whom everyone thinks we ice tomorrow night, and what you think the lines will resemble.
     
  2. Esq

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    Bickell/Toews/Kane
    Hossa/Handzus/Sharp
    Saad/Shaw/Smith
    Nordstrom/Kruger/Hayes

    Keith/Seabrook
    Hjalms/Oduya
    Rosi/Leddy

    Crawford
     
  3. Hawkaholic

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    Bickell Toews Kane
    Sharp Handzus Hossa
    Saad Shaw Hayes
    Bollig Kruger Nordstrom

    Keith Seabrook
    Oduya Hjalmarsson
    Leddy Roszival

    Crawford
    Khabibulin
     
  4. MurrayBannerman

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    I'm going with this. At least hoping Bollig is a healthy scratch with Kostka and BB.
     
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    HockeySensible Smug Teuvo

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    This is going to be the lineup.
     
  6. zac

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    Bollig has no business seeing he ice with the other players we have on our roster. The fact he's even here in the first place is a testament to Q's cluelessness.
     
  7. Kurtosis

    Kurtosis Trying Not To Suck

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    I'll agree with you there Zac.
     
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    DisgruntledHawkFan Blackhawk Down

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    Bollig is fine as a tough guy plug. He can skate and isn't a total liability on either side of the puck.
     
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    Can't say that stuff anymore. It's an invalid opinion at this point. Seriously.

    2 cups in 4 years. Trust in Q
     
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    If Nordstrom makes this team over Morin, he'd damn well better be slotted ahead of Bollig.
     
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    He already has, and have no issues with him at all. Kid is a very good defensive player, replaces Frolik well in alot of ways, great speed, plays with a bit of an edge (surprisingly) etc. (and I'm curious how good he is at the dot) Bollig is clearly the issue, however I can see the use as he's the one who has to look out for the two small guys on that fourth line. I still would rather see Hayes in that spot (would help him play with grit more) and Morin on the third line, but it is what it is.
     
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    red wings fan coming in peace. are the hawks lacking in a true #2 center? i doubt handzus is a top 6 player
     
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    MTP I Love Shinpads

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    As much as I hate to say it, I agree. Dude's earned a little bit of trust to this point, yeah?
     
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    Yes, since 2011 when whatever power that rules this universe decided that Sharp wasn't going to do it anymore.
     
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    HEY!! :madfire: zac and Kurtosis have 7,700 combined posts...you need to show some respect! :sarcasm::shakehead:facepalm:;)
     
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    Kurtosis Trying Not To Suck

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    What's your point (if you have one that is)? Oh wait, you're probably part of the segment of this board that thinks Q is beyond reproach and above any sort of criticism right? I could have 5 posts and still hold the opinion that I don't think Bollig belongs in the starting line up; would that make my point any more relevant?

    Not likely any more than yours since it's an opinion, although made without such daft use of emoticons.
     
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    IU Hawks fan They call me IU

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    Bollig is no where near as bad as people on this board make him out to be. He's a decent 4th line player.
     
  18. Kurtosis

    Kurtosis Trying Not To Suck

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    You're right, he is not as bad as he is sometimes made out to be. That doesn't mean I should think he should start though.
     
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    About Bollig... I've been a hater since he started but something Q said last year has made me ok with it. Q said that the biggest thing he wants from his 4th line is getting an offensive faceoff or offensive zone start for the 1st line.

    He basically acknowledged that Bollig doesnt have the skill of others but that the puck consistently ends up in the offensive zone when he's out there. Since he said that I noticed the same thing. Who knows if it's luck, his lineups or bias but I don't think he's wrong.

    His game is simplee... chip it in the zone, shoot and get faceoffs and let the big guys out there. Watch for it here early on and I think everyone will notice the same thing.
     
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    Short answer: Yes.

    Long answer: Handzus played pretty well in the playoffs, but it's very doubtful he will play the majority of regular season games and still have any gas left in the tank for the playoffs. So it's almost a certainty that there will be at least one other player playing the #2 center position this season. The choices are Markus Kruger who has yet to show an offensive game worthy of the spot, Brandon Saad who was hyped by Q as the leading man for the spot but then cancelled the experiment after a couple preseason games, Brandon Pirri who led the AHL in scoring last year and probably has the offensive game to be a decent #2 center but is treated by Q like he has the plague so it doesn't look like he will get much of a chance, Andrew Shaw who is better suited for 3rd line wing but is playing a serviceable #3 center so #2 center is probably not in the cards, and then finally Drew LeBlanc who won the Hobey Baker Award last season which tells you all you need to know about his readiness to play in the NHL now (if ever).
     
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    Yes, pending something mind-blowing/insane like putting Toews on the 4th line, Q is beyond reproach. This is his roster, guys are trying out for his team. If you really think you know better then you go coach somewhere.

    The difference in coaching/playstyle from 11-12 and 12-13 was night and day. 2 cups in 4 years. Q knows what he's doing and he's proven for multiple seasons that he's a great coach and knows more than you and me.

    Q likes Bollig on the 4th line. Deal with it.
     
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    Sure thing. Good thing to know not a single one of his moves can be questioned this season.
     
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    Glad to know we're on the same page then
     
  24. Bubba88

    Bubba88 Toews = Savior

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    Bickell Toews Kane
    Sharp Handzus Hossa
    Saad Shaw Smith
    Bollig Kruger Nordstrom

    Keith Seabrook
    Oduya Hjalmarsson
    Leddy Roszival

    Crawford
    Khabibulin


    not sure about Smith vs. Jayes
     
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