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08:25 AM ET 07.23 | Blackhawks fans may believe the Wild will regret trading Nick Leddy. Wow, forget Cam Barker, we just stole Nick Leddy. Although he is farther away than Lalonde or Beach, his skill set might have been the most impressive at camp and without a doubt he has the most potential out of any prospect in the Blackhawks system. Literally identical to Duncan Keith when he broke into the league, Leddy has a good amount of work to do in order to develop the way Keith has. Nick displays the same tendencies as Keith did at a young age. His skating technique is better than most NHLers right now, and can keep up with anyone.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

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July 23, 2010  08:59 AM ET

Being a MN fan, I was surprised to see the GM trade away a first round pick, however we did get rid of Johnson who will probably retire. It should be interesting to see how Barker does in a whole season with the Wild.

July 23, 2010  10:30 AM ET

Aren't gophers (even Golden ones) afraid of Hawks?

July 23, 2010  10:39 AM ET

Only when out and away from their burrows.

July 23, 2010  10:51 AM ET
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Aren't gophers (even Golden ones) afraid of Hawks?

So are Badgers....But the Badgers don't boast arguably the greatest college hockey program all-time. Too bad.

July 23, 2010  10:55 AM ET

Trading for "potential" is like a water slide. A lot of fun while it lasts but it's always a downward slide ... which inevitably ends with a jolt at the bottom. That's where the Hawks find themselves these days. We, Oil fans, know the feeling quite well.

July 23, 2010  11:02 AM ET
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So are Badgers....But the Badgers don't boast arguably the greatest college hockey program all-time. Too bad.

No way! Badgers aren't affraid of anything. Pound for pound, they're one of the toughest little buggers out there. They'll take on all comers, including a bear. A hawk would be extremely stupid to tangle with one.

July 23, 2010  01:02 PM ET

QUOTE(#4):Originally posted 10:51 AM ET 07.23 by Ivellious and Valai So are Badgers....But the Badgers don't boast arguably the greatest college hockey program all-time. Too bad.

The University of Minnesota doesn't boast the greatest college hockey program of all time either. The University of Michigan has won more NCAA Division I hockey championships than any other school and also produced more NHL hockey players than any other school. Sorry

July 23, 2010  01:03 PM ET

QUOTE(#4):Originally posted 10:51 AM ET 07.23 by Ivellious and Valai So are Badgers....But the Badgers don't boast arguably the greatest college hockey program all-time. Too bad.

The University of Minnesota doesn't boast the greatest college hockey program of all time either. The University of Michigan has won more NCAA Division I hockey championships than any other school and also produced more NHL hockey players than any other school. Sorry

July 23, 2010  01:14 PM ET
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QUOTE(#4):Originally posted 10:51 AM ET 07.23 by Ivellious and Valai So are Badgers....But the Badgers don't boast arguably the greatest college hockey program all-time. Too bad.The University of Minnesota doesn't boast the greatest college hockey program of all time either. The University of Michigan has won more NCAA Division I hockey championships than any other school and also produced more NHL hockey players than any other school. Sorry

Ah Wolverines. Now we're talking nasty varmints. They treat life like Hank treats the Nucks.

July 23, 2010  01:42 PM ET
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Ah Wolverines. Now we're talking nasty varmints. They treat life like Hank treats the Nucks.

.... or some of us treat all things To***to.

July 23, 2010  02:09 PM ET
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.... or some of us treat all things To***to.

Ya there's that too. But nobody's been biting lately. It must be too hot and humid there right now to get all lathered up with rightgeous indignation about the lowly Leafs.

July 23, 2010  04:07 PM ET
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Ah Wolverines. Now we're talking nasty varmints. They treat life like Hank treats the Nucks.

Ah, yes! Wolverines and badgers ... all related to the Tasmanian devils ... and so is Hank ... I think.

July 23, 2010  06:15 PM ET

SU=U=U=U=CKS in Cages. Take up ringette!!

July 23, 2010  06:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Trading for "potential" is like a water slide. A lot of fun while it lasts but it's always a downward slide ... which inevitably ends with a jolt at the bottom. That's where the Hawks find themselves these days. We, Oil fans, know the feeling quite well.

Chicago's demise will be greatly exagerated. The core of that team is still pretty darn good and if they have more young guns like this fellow they will be contenders for awhile.

July 23, 2010  07:01 PM ET
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Chicago's demise will be greatly exagerated. The core of that team is still pretty darn good and if they have more young guns like this fellow they will be contenders for awhile.

Not disagreeing with you. But, as the Sharks and the Flyers have shown, there's a fine line between contenders and pretenders. It will all come down to what they have in Rockford to supplement what they have up here and what they can do at the TDL to get the pieces they need to put them over the top. As is, they have way too much invested in 3 unmovable players to have much felxibility.

July 23, 2010  07:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Trading for "potential" is like a water slide. A lot of fun while it lasts but it's always a downward slide ... which inevitably ends with a jolt at the bottom. That's where the Hawks find themselves these days. We, Oil fans, know the feeling quite well.

Nicely put DCruiser! Maybe that's why Hank loves the Nuckies so much!

July 23, 2010  07:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Chicago's demise will be greatly exagerated. The core of that team is still pretty darn good and if they have more young guns like this fellow they will be contenders for awhile.

We'll see. I'd like for Chicago to do well over the next few years, as it's been a long time coming, not as long as the Leafs, but until the season starts I wouldn't say that it's completely exagerated.

They do have the core, but they need Xtra help like all teams, and if it's not their then...........

July 23, 2010  07:50 PM ET
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Not disagreeing with you. But, as the Sharks and the Flyers have shown, there's a fine line between contenders and pretenders. It will all come down to what they have in Rockford to supplement what they have up here and what they can do at the TDL to get the pieces they need to put them over the top. As is, they have way too much invested in 3 unmovable players to have much felxibility.

Yeah every team have their albatross'. God knows our Oil have a few unmovable objects too.

July 23, 2010  08:16 PM ET

At least they're not saying he's the next Orr, which means some have come down to earth!

 
July 23, 2010  10:43 PM ET

I would not count out the Chicago Blackhawks quite yet. They may be contenders for a few years , even if they fail to repeat.

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