A Blackhawks’ Repeat Isn’t Logical but They Can Still be a Top Team

July 10th, 2010 by Tyler Juranovich Leave a reply »
I've seen and heard a lot of talk about whether the Chicago Blackhawks will repeat, or if they have a chance to repeat next season. 

Let me just say one thing: winning two championships in back-to-back years is a challenge in any major league sport. It almost never happens. 

So my answer to the likelihood of the Blackhawks repeating is not very likely. 

Logically, the chances are against the Blackhawks, but that doesn't mean it's not possible. 

Many people who doubt the Hawks' chances say it's because of the players they had to give away. These players include Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfulgien, Kriss Versteeg, Adam Burish, and now possibly Niklas Hjalmarsson. 

The Hjalmarsson situation scares me. The Hawks have six days to match a four year $14 million offer given by the San Jose Sharks. That offer could push the Hawks to choosing between Antti Niemi or Hjalmarsson, but if the Hawks want to keep them both, another player, say, Patrick Sharp might have to go. 

Losing Hjalmarsson weakens the defensive back greatly. It would defiantly hurt the Hawks' chances of a repeat.&n ...

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