How good are these guys?

How good are these guys?

Posted by TimS on Thu, 12/18/2008 - 00:44
CALGARY - It's about a four-hour drive down the always snow covered Highway 2 from Edmonton to Calgary, which was plenty of time on Wednesday to ponder this question: How good are the Hawks? OK, it's still somewhat early, but in my book they are the third best team in the Western Conference behind San Jose and Detroit, in whatever order you want to put them. The Hawks have a terrific offense, terrific goaltending, a mobile and deep defense and a good coach. Do the Hawks have weaknesses? Of course. They are somewhat small and don't play overly physical, but those are things to worry about more come playoff time when it all tightens up. But for right now, with the rules as they are in today's NHL, a fast, quick, high scoring team such as the Hawks, with their great goaltending, can be dominant. Don't look for GM Dale Tallon to do any tinkering with this team, not right now, and why should he? Too many times in the NHL we're so eager to see trades and such, which is fine when there is a need for one, but the Hawks are fine for the right now. Keep the goalies, keep Havlat and ride this out and see where it goes. There are going to be valuable veterans made available before the trade deadline in March. Perhaps the right one will be there for Tallon to add for the playoff push. The Hawks are now just 5 points behind the Red Wings. Can they catch them? Of course, they can, especially with Detroit's goaltending issues.
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