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Blackhawks claim they won’t suffer from a ‘Stanley Cup hangover’

The one and only one comfort I took in "my team" losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champions involved the fact that "my team's" season ended on April 27th, and the Chicago Blackhawks' season ended on June 24th.

Training camps for the 2013-2014 regular season will start on the weekend of September 13th, and thanks to the shortened season and its incredibly late starting date, Chicago ended up playing 71 games over the course of five-and-a-half months, and they're at a significant disadvantage in terms of their rest and recovery from a very hard 2013 campaign.

The Blackhawks are holding their annual summer convention this weekend in Chicago, and as you might expect, they insist that they're neither suffering ill effects from their extended playoff push, nor do they expect to struggle particularly hard in defending their title given that, this time around, the vast majority of their team remains intact, as they told ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers:

“It’s a huge relief not to see half your team traded away or re-signed with other teams in the offseason, especially after winning the Cup,” [Jonathan] Toews said. “It’s a special thing. We know we lost a couple of guys. You never want to see guys go, and I think you always have that bond with the guys you win the Stanley Cup with. I wish them all the best. We’re very happy with the fact our team has pretty much stayed intact. I think that’s going to carry our energy and confidence into next year, too.”

The Blackhawks completed their Stanley Cup finals on June 24 and will open their training camp on Sept. 12. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville anticipated another unique season with conference and divisional realignment and the Olympics occurring this season.

“We’re going to be busy,” Quenneville said. “It’s an interesting year, a lot of new things going into the season with the new alignment, the Olympic year as well. We’ll have several players going to camps going into the season as well. There’s going to be a lot of things that are going to be happening. The schedule gets compressed as well.

“Winning the Cup, the question is going to be, ‘How is that Stanley Cup hangover?’ I think we’ve dealt with that in the past, and I think going into this year we’ll be comparable to how we started this year knowing that you want to make sure your depth is going to be important and valuable throughout the year and right off the bat use everybody and make everybody contribute to the team’s success and get off on the right start.”

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TEMO's avatar

No team believes that until they lose in the playoffs the following year.

Posted by TEMO from LANSING, MICHIGAN, U.S.A. on 07/26/13 at 10:45 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

And no team’s got a higher hill to climb in repeating than the Hawks. It’s always interesting to find out whether they can back up their bluster—because they DO “chirp” quite a bit about how wonderfully they think of themselves.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/26/13 at 10:49 PM ET

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Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/26/13 at 10:49 PM ET

Pride goeth before the fall, eh?

Posted by TEMO from LANSING, MICHIGAN, U.S.A. on 07/26/13 at 11:05 PM ET

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I wouldn’t under estimate their “boasting”.

Posted by timbits on 07/26/13 at 11:11 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I don’t. Pride can go before a fall, and pride can go before a team rallying from a 3-1 deficit in the second round and advancing and winning the Cup. It’s all about what happens on the ice, and the Hawks are one of those scary teams that can not-so-occasionally back it up.

Still irritates the *#$%@& out of me, though.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/26/13 at 11:21 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Hell, look what a Cup hangover did to the Kings, and they had an extra four months to recuperate than the Hawks.

Enjoy Stanley in the Windy City, because next June he’s going elsewhere

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 07/27/13 at 10:28 AM ET

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