It’s another day here at Fansided, and today we look at the Chicago Blackhawks. There is little comparison to make when you match the Sabres up with the Blackhawks, the tradition is deeper, the championships are there – but the Blackhawks do have one thing in common with the Buffalo Sabres. They both bowed out of the 2011 Stanley Cups in the first round in seven games.
The Blackhawks had set a team up to potentially win multiple Stanley Cups. Unfortunately, they had to have the biggest yard sale of any championship team since the lockout, putting up insane monetary numbers in route to the first Cup in Chicago since before I was born. They were able to keep much of the core together from that Stanley Cup run, merely having to replace role players who made a name for themselves in the Finals and turned it into payday when it mattered.
What have the Chicago Blackhawks done this off season? According to John Schultz of Blackhawk Up:
GM Stan Bowman pulled off this summer what many thought impossible just one year earlier: upgrade the bottom half of the roster, replenish the supply lines, and create additional cap space for potential in-season upgrades.
Probably the biggest move of the off season for the Blackhawks is the loss of Brian Campbell. Traded to the Florida Panthers, the move opened up some much needed cap space. I think Campbell is going to see an upspike in his game – he just strikes me as the type of player that does better in the Eastern Conference.
The road to another Stanley Cup definitely goes through Vancouver if you are a Western Conference team, its just a matter of taking out the Canucks. Chicago just might have those pieces once again. For more on the 2011-2012 Chicago Blackhawks preview, check out John’s full article here. Check back tomorrow as we take a look at the Colorado Avalanche.