Chicago Blackhawks: Can they make the Stanley Cup Finals?
The Blackhawks have brought back a few familiar faces, seemingly, in hopes to rekindle some past success. With those signings in mind, one question remains. Has the Chicago Blackhawks window of success closed? If we were to go off the last two first-round playoff exits, it would seem that the Blackhawks dynasty is nothing more than a memory. However, the real answer to the question above lies in the Blackhawks defense.
Richard Panik, Patrick Kane, and some other familiar names will return this season. However, nine names that were valuable to the Blackhawks recent success are gone. Despite the most recent early exit, Chicago has consistently remained a threat in the Central Division. With that said, this season should be no different. Well, unless the Nashville Predators have something to say about it.
Regardless of the events that may happen, Chicago always rolls out a talented roster. The list of players coming and going can be found below:
Blackhawks Key Additions:
Lance Bouma: Signed 1-year contract during free agency period. (Should bring much-needed grit if healthy).
Anton Forsberg: Traded to Chicago from Columbus.
Connor Murphy: Traded to Chicago from Arizona.
Jan Rutta: Signed 1-year contract.
Brandon Saad: Acquired in a trade with Columbus.
Patrick Sharp: Signed 1-year contract during free agency period.
Tommy Wingles: Signed 1-year contract during free agency period.
Below is a list of players who have moved on:
Brian Campbell: Retired.
Scott Darling: Traded to Carolina, Signed a new 4-year contract.
Niklas Hjalmarsson: Traded to Arizona in Connor Murphy trade.
Marian Hossa: Out long-term.
Marcus Kruger: Joined Carolina Hurricanes.
Johnny Oduya: Signed 1-year contract with Ottawa.
Artemi Panarin: Traded to Columbus.
Trevor Van Riemsdyk: Joined Carolina Hurricanes.
With the season start upon us, one has to believe that the city of Chicago is ready for more Blackhawks success. With the Nashville Predators recently asserting its own dominance, with other teams reloading as well, time will tell how good Chicago will be this year. The Chicago Blackhawks have no holes whatsoever on offense. The defense, however, is a different story. Will the defense keep Chicago afloat? We are about to find out.Follow @JJN09