Chicago Blackhawks Win the Cup: What’s Next?

June 14th, 2010 by Bryan Dietzler Leave a reply »
The champagne and beer have barely dried on the Stanley Cup and it’s already time to start thinking about a repeat in Chicago.

The Blackhawks have the talent and the youth, for the most part, so you would think that there would be nothing holding them back from repeating as Stanley Cup champs next season.

However, there is one thing that could splinter this team if they aren’t careful: money.

The Blackhawks have a lot of money tied up in just a few players, meaning that they may not be able to sign some of their free agents during the offseason. This could spell trouble for hopes of repeating next season.

So what do the Blackhawks need to do this offseason to ensure that they keep the integral parts of their team intact for another run at the playoffs?  

First, they need to wisely choose who isn’t going to be there any longer in order to save money. 

It can pretty much be considered a sure thing that John Madden won’t be in Chicago next year.  His salary (around $2 million) and his age (37) will dictate that the Hawks won’t be able to keep him and some of the other ...

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