Chicago Blackhawks Fans Need a Reality Check

July 14th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
Since the Chicago Blackhawks added the (bigger than expected) salary of Niklas Hjalmarsson to their bottom line on Monday, trade rumors have started to circle the organization once again. The central figure of many rumors is versatile forward Patrick Sharp , and the prospect of losing another fan favorite has many committed Indians concerned.

While the thought of losing Sharp should cause concern, there are a number of realities that Blackhawks fans are going to need to deal with over the coming months.

First, winning the Stanley Cup is incredibly difficult. Hockey fans know that winning the Cup is the hardest championship in professional sports, and the Hawks went 49 years between opportunities to kiss the trophy.

Winning it back-to-back is nearly impossible.

Since 1990, the Stanley Cup has named 19 champions. Only twice in those 19 seasons did a champion repeat, and it hasn’t happened since 1998.

There’s a very good reason for that: free agency.

Players, and their agents, want to be paid according to their talents, and organizations must stay within the confines of the salary cap. Also, teams want ...

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