Chicago Blackhawks gearing up to defend their title

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Hockey dynasties are quite uncommon in the modern day NHL but when they do come by, it is definitely something special.

Chicago Blackhawks have proven to be a dynasty in the past six years, winning three cups within that time. However, after a summer of trades and a huge legal situation involving star scorer Patrick Kane, the Hawk's chances of repeating their success is rather slim.

Chicago traded away key players Patrick Sharp, Brandon Saad, Antoine Vermette, Brad Richards, Johnny Oduya, Antti Raanta and Kris Versteeg to free up some cap space for Toew's and Kane's hefty contract renewals.


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In return, Chicago acquired Trevor Daley, Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Artemi Panarin and a few unproven prospects and a few relatively low draft positions.

Sharp, who played a major role in all three of the Stanley Cups, was like a pillar both on and off the ice. He was the assistant captain and was traded to Dallas. Saad, a quality top six forward and a youngster who was only getting better was also traded to Columbus.

Vermette, Oduya and Richards are all skilled players on the Blackhawks roster and were traded to Arizona, Dallas and Detroit respectively.

Versteeg, who played a lesser role in the Blackhawks dynasty was traded near the end of the trade deadline to Carolina. Backup goalie Antti Raanta was traded to the New York Rangers after a few great seasons in the Windy Cities. The Blackhawks will certainly suffer greatly from their losses. 

Daley and Anisimov are both cheap, seasoned NHL veterans but are not top quality material and are aging. Panarin recently suffered an injury and will be out for the first month or two while Dano is a promising prospect coming off of a great rookie season.

Chicago fans will definitely look forward to watching the growth of Dano. Regardless of the potential talent and cheap quality players, the players Chicago got in return is nothing in comparison to the quality they are giving up.

Even worse, star scorer Patrick Kane was accused of sexual assault early in August. He is not cleared to play yet. What does this mean for the Hawks?

This means that they will be missing out on solid 70 point per season player who spearheaded the Hawks offense ever since his arrival in 2007. Jonathan Toews, his longtime linemate will be missing a line teammate which he shared points with for many years.

This will cause many chemistry issues in the first line for the Hawks. The going to be a huge issue for the Blackhawks because they now rely on youngsters Teuvo Teravinen and Panarian to supplement Toews, Hossa, and newly signed Anisimov.

The Hawks used to win Stanley Cups due to their depth in their lineup. They now lack the depth they once had. The odds for the Hawks to win the cup again is very slim, with the stacked Lightning and Rangers teams competing against them. 

Blackhawks will host the Rangers on October 7.

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