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2013 Blackhawks Preview: Avoiding the Hangover

Edward Kensik

Edward Kensik

Edward Kensik writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

The last time that the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2009-10 they had to strip away several important parts from their team. The NHL salary cap pushed Chicago into dispatching the likes of Kris Versteeg, Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel, Colin Fraser and Andrew Ladd from that Championship roster.

The net result was that Chicago would have an early exit and lose in the Western Conference quarterfinals to Vancouver to end their 2010-11 season much earlier than anticipated. While those lost pieces were not the key cogs for the 2009-10 Cup run, those players were important and it took the Blackhawks a few years to reload. After their latest Stanley Cup victory, the Hawks still had to unload some players, but not to the extent that they did three summers ago.

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