Why the Chicago Blackhawks Have Not Been Decimated By the NHL Salary Cap

August 5th, 2010 by Dave Melton Leave a reply »
As Hawks fans awoke from the Stanley Cup hangover, what greeted them wasn’t much of a remedy. The Indian Head was sent spinning thanks to an avalanche of inevitable trades shortly after the team’s first Stanley Cup title in 49 years.

Now, just a few months after that Patrick Kane goal which sent Chicago into pandemonium, many old faces were sent packing, including Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Andrew Ladd, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager, Adam Burish, and more.

But don’t spike those four feathers just yet, Hawks fans.

Chicago is going to be okay.

Why? Just look to the east, Chicago, to that city often on the foul end of your tongues. These Blackhawks have developed a core similar to the one that led the Detroit Red Wings to a long run atop the NHL standings, including four Stanley Cup titles.

First, young Jonathan Toews, the playoff MVP, has often been compared to Detroit’s Steve Yzerman. Both players were fantastic two-way forwards and inspiring leaders to their teammates. Both wore number 19, and both were designated as the captains of their respective franchises at an early age.

But the par ...

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