what happened to the Chicago blackhawks?
After being shockingly swept by the upstart Nashville Predators in the 1st round of playoffs a couple years ago, the inarguably premier team in hockey, having won 3 Stanley Cups in its preceding 5 years to that point--and in 1st place at that time going into the playoffs--promptly dropped out of the playoffs the next two years, finishing last and next-to-last in their conference. As far as I'm aware, they've had no change in their player personnel.
- bryan mLv 45 months ago
The Hawks have placed their loyalties with the aging stars that brought them those 3 cups which is misguided. Keith, Seabrook, Toews are not what they were and they are getting older it is to be expected. Cleaning house should have started 2-3 years ago, out with the old and in with the new. Giving Toews 10.5mil for 8 years is going to hamper this team forever, Toews is on the slide now what is he going to look like in 5 years.
- JeffLv 61 year ago
Fat Stanley Bowman got rid of some key players and has badly mismanaged the team especially by firing Q and hiring a guy with no NHL coaching experience. Bowman is an imbecile and should have been fired years ago but his daddy won't allow it,.
- 1 year ago
bowman is slow to move old players
- James BlackleyLv 71 year ago
The issue is that the NHL is in a salary cap era, it makes it very hard for teams to be a "contender" for more than 1-2 seasons. Chicago had its run between 2010-2016, when their players were not only young but also cost controlled, basically they could afford to pay their top players, but their secondary ones as well. Once their core was locked in (Towes, Kane, Keith, Seabrooke, Hossa, Crawford), it became very hard to afford good secondary players to help insulate their core, ever since 2015, they have had to rely on young and cheap options.
The best way I can put this, imagaine building a home- You spent the excessive money on the foundation, but then you had to use what little money you had left to not only build but substain the rest of the home. Due to lack of money, the home detriorated and as a result it crumbled to the ground, leaving nothing but debris and ashes, the home is gone. That's essentially what happened to the hawks here!
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- 1 year ago
Keith and Seabrook are 9 years older than during their first cup win and have lost a step and aren't the dominant defencemen that they were. Ditto Kane and Toews. This is what happens in a cap system. You're good for a period of time, and then you regress. They will add some younger players. Their AHL team is decent (it made the Calder Cup Final this year; losing to Charlotte (Carolina's AHL affiliate). Look at the Kings; 2 cups in 3 seasons and they've gone off the deep end.
- Anonymous1 year ago
The same thing that happens to every dynasty. It gets old, not as good as it used to be, and dies out.
- Mike WLv 71 year ago
Their stars are getting older, they've made some questionable personnel decisions, their goaltending isn't as good as it once was, they're not getting the offensive production from the blue line that they had in the past, and in their two first round losses following their last cup win, their offense was missing in action.