The Blackhawks have shown us examples of their success. The first would undoubtedly be the play of late by Patrick Kane. The 27 year old has shown he is the best of the best having netted 25 goals and dished out 37 assists to lead the NHL with a league best 62 points. Let’s remember Kane couldn't of done this all by himself.
It is clear to all that the Blackhawks will contend for yet another Stanley Cup next season. However what isn’t as black and white is where exactly their production will stem from. While yes, a large majority of the dynasty squad remains, a substantial chunk of talent went in separate directions. That being said, the slack will need to be picked up in many different ways, and assuming all of it will come from the stars is just irrational. Below, I will go through the players that will quietly make or break the Hawks’ season.
The ongoing scenario including Patrick Kane in the middle of nightmarish accusations could land him in jail for a major felony, or end his career with The Blackhawks.
This offseason couldn't have looked anymore grim. The losses of veterans, prospects, and a superstar alike is among the worst case scenarios for the hometown Hawks'. Although the accusations against star player, Patrick Kane, haven't yet been charged to him, all signs point to this case reaching the judicial system. All Blackhawks fans should suit up for the long haul.
After yet another historic season of hockey, the Hawks need to be looking to stay together, not disembark, however that’s easier said than done. An article posted earlier this week by the New York Times outlined the salary cap concerns for our Blackhawks.
To this day, the Hawks spent $64 million on only 14 players. That being said, they have just shy of $7 million to spend on resigning players this offseason. Here’s where the issues begin. The Blackhawks need to sign about 10 players to put together a complete roster. To put that in perspective, the cup champions have about 700,000 bucks to spend per player. This all includes resigning key role player Brandon Saad, who will be a restricted free agent this upcoming season. It is likely that the Hawks will get rid of richards, and they have also expressed interest in trading Patrick Sharp for a draft pick and first or second line forward. The Blackhawks will have some big holes to fill next year if both Sharp and Richards end up out, and the salary cap doesn’t help our situation. Chicago, this might be a rough summer… hold tight and have some faith in the front office.
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Let’s accept the facts where they stand. The Blackhawks are the next true Chicago dynasty. From Kane to Saad, and Hossa to Hjalmarsson, the Hawks are stacked on the ice from bottom to top. Night in and night out, Chicagoans get the pleasure of spectating hockey gods in the works. However, it's not just on the ice where Chicago dominates the NHL. In this article, we’ll take a look at the true reign of the Chicago Blackhawks.
With game 1 over, Hawks leading 1-0 in the finals… We are in a good spot, especially taking away home ice from the Lightning. The Blackhawks have only lost 1 game in the entire postseason at home giving us a huge edge.
Hey Chi Town, our boys did it. So psyched to see them compete against a skilled opponent in The Tampa Bay Lightning, but first we have to recap game 7, or what I would call if you're watching the game and not the scoreboard, a blowout win. I think this game was won in the first period considering we had Toews hitting the net twice and Cro shutting them out in the first 20. We also saw Saad shining the red behind the tender along with Hossa, although they did break the shut out when Kesler got one by Crawford. 3rd period comes with what I like to call “The Most Dangerous Lead in Hockey” 4-1. For some reason, I feel like teams are able to come back and snatch a game with that score but you and I both know the Hawks always have a vice grip on their leads. Seabrook put one in, so did Perry. I don’t count Beleskey’s goal since it had no impact on the game and came with an empty net advantage. All in all, we are moving on and I will break down the match-up with Tampa in a few moments. While the Hawks didn’t entirely “cut the head off of the snake” as I hoped they would, they still go it done. They surrendered 2 points at the hands of the big three (Kesler, Perry, Getzlaf). Getzlaf has been playing terribly, choking in the final two games with a ± of -5 and no points to go along with it. As the Ducks begin golf season, let’s start to look at the Lightning. (check out the video below for highlights)