into something by putting him with Kane and Panarin while Anisimov is hurt.
The change in Schmaltz's game since coming back from Rockford has been amazing to watch. Pre-Rockford, he only had 16 SOG in 26 games (0.6/G). Since coming back, he has 27 SOG in 18 games (1.5/G), nearly tripling his shot production. He definitely still does have some pass first moments, but I think that's more due to being the 21 year old rookie playing with Toews & Kane. I think you'll see him hit 20 goals next year.
player on the ice with Kane & Panerin might be a really good move. While they are very good play makers they both have great shots.
I am very curious to see how it works out, in no small part because of implications for next year. The Hawks likely have to get rid of a big salary to fit Panarin's $6MM in next year, and the consensus in the past had been that Seabrook or Crawford were likely to be that salary. I wonder, though, if Schmaltz has a 10-15 game stretch here where he looks like a legit #2C, if Anisimov might be the guy traded instead. You could probably get decent value for him in the form of a young D prospect or two, and the $4.55MM cap hit getting cleared off is probably enough to get the Hawks through the next 2 years.
He'd have to agree to any trade. I'm at the point now where if I were Stanbo, I'd be confident in Darling at this point. I appreciate what Crow has done for the organization, but Darling has upside at $4M instead of $6M.
Obviously, either of them would have to agree to waive it.
Taking a gamble on Darling makes sense to me, but I think he'd have to give a discount. If the choice is Darling @ $4MM or Crow, I'm keeping Crow. If Darling will do something like 4 years, $10-12MM, I'd be tempted to take that and move Crow.
He might be a little hesitant to start shooting in the NHL right away
However, they just switched him to Kane's line while Anisimov is injured.
For Kane's goal was pretty fantastic against the Pens
with the goalie situation post-season. I find it hard to believe they were trade or get rid of Crawford. But the reality is that Darling has actually played better this year. Can he be the top guy for a full season? Who knows. But someone is going to pay to find out. I assume it won't be the Hawks, but....
And, yeah, the reemergence of Toews with the terrific play of Schmalz and Panik makes the Hawks far tougher to defend than when most of their production was coming only from the second line.
The whole playoffs should be fun. A matchup with Minnesota, which seems inevitable, would also be a great series. And whoever comes out of the East will have run a gauntlet.
And swap out Niemi for Crawford and Crawford for Darling.
I don't think they will repeat themselves this time, and will stick with Crow.
At least, from what I can tell online. And there's no way he's gonna waive it. There will be more attractive goalie options available than Darling, so its doubtful he gets snapped up.