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June 15th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Hawks Taking Flight?

First off, congratulations go out to the Chicago Blackhawks, who, despite not having a “go-to” goaltender, pulled out a terrific Stanley Cup victory over the Cinderella Philadelphia Flyers.

While I admire the team that Stan Bowman and company have assembled, I just cannot see this team becoming a dynasty, not when you consider how much talent the Hawks will have to part with this summer to get under the salary cap.

A core that includes Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, and Jonathan Toews is pretty good, but it was the Blackhawks' depth that was the deciding factor throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Without that depth, the Hawks will be hard-pressed to enjoy a repeat, let alone a dynasty of three to four Stanley Cups.


Missing "Toews"?

As much as I loved what Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews did in the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, I have a real tough time digesting the fact that he came away with the Conn Smythe trophy.

I mean, shouldn't you have to score a bloody goal in the finals? Shouldn't you have a memorable series? And lastly, ...

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