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Chicago Blackhawks: The NHL’s Next Dynasty?

From Chris Kuc at the Chicago Tribune:

So the question is, are the Hawks a team that can become the next dynasty in the NHL?

“With a guy like Jonathan Toews as a captain and Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp and the list goes on and on and now Nick Leddy and Brandon Saad and Brandon Pirri and some of these young kids coming on, this is a team that isn’t going anywhere for the next 10 years,” veteran defenseman Sean O’Donnell said.

Andrew Brunette, another veteran newcomer who has seen teams fade in and out of Cup contention, agreed.

“With their ages and the fact a lot of them are locked in, I don’t see any reason why they’re not going to always be a Cup contender,” Brunette said.

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Faux Rumors's avatar

1) Of course it depends what you mean by ‘dynasty’? Do you mean consecutive championships or perhaps a period of time where the team is considered a contender but wins once in a while? 
2) If the definition is the ladder then yes, the hawks might have one in the making.  If its the former then we have probably seen the last of those teams. The salary cap has effectively kiled those chances(as the Black hawks painfully found out last summer)

Posted by Faux Rumors from Globally- Here, there, Everywhere on 10/07/11 at 04:46 PM ET

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they are definitely drafting well.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 10/07/11 at 05:05 PM ET

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bahahah .. Blackhawks will never recover from the firesale after the finals. If they finished higher than 6th in the West Ill be suprised.

Posted by Wings4Life from dirty glove on 10/07/11 at 05:14 PM ET

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Dynasty?  They almost didn’t make the playoffs last year.  Dallas screws up in game 82 and Chicago takes the back door in.  If Crawford has a hiccup, and any of their core guys struggles or gets injured, they won’t make the playoffs.

Posted by wolverine from hockeyheaven on 10/07/11 at 05:15 PM ET

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Where is every analyst’s love affair with the Blackhawks the last 2 weeks suddenly come from?  They haven’t done anything well, lost more players this offseason and only have at most 4 good players.  Plus, Corey Crawford is not about to backstop a team to the Cup Finals, hate(not really) to burst your bubble.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 10/07/11 at 05:27 PM ET

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The Wings have arguably had a dynasty era for quite a while but many media types refuse to give them that status. However, these Blackhawks haven’t yet begun to even accomplish anything close to the Wings “dynasty”, and yet, the Tribune is ready to call them a dynasty? C’mon.

Yeah, I realize it’s their home town media putting this “puff” piece out.

Posted by TheFreak on 10/07/11 at 05:30 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

...this is a team that isn’t going anywhere for the next 10 years…

O’Donnell was more correct than he realized. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/07/11 at 05:40 PM ET

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Dynasty?  They almost didn’t make the playoffs last year.

Posted by wolverine from hockeyheaven on 10/07/11 at 03:15 PM ET

This.

They can’t even win their own division with enough regularity.

Posted by Primis on 10/07/11 at 05:40 PM ET

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So the question is, are the Hawks a team that can become the next dynasty in the NHL?

No.

Posted by Tkshreve from Detroit on 10/07/11 at 06:44 PM ET

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“the Tribune is ready to call them a dynasty?”

That was actually KK editorializing, not from linked article.

Posted by dumbasrocks on 10/07/11 at 08:11 PM ET

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The Wings have arguably had a dynasty era for quite a while but many media types refuse to give them that status.

I love these articles because it doesn’t take long for someone to comment on Detroit. It really cracks me up that every comment made about another team being good is somehow always a slam on Detroit! I wonder if they ran an article on Edmonton getting a nice new Zamboni if someone would comment how the JLA had one first.

Posted by timbits on 10/07/11 at 10:39 PM ET

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  The Wings have arguably had a dynasty era for quite a while but many media types refuse to give them that status.

I love these articles because it doesn’t take long for someone to comment on Detroit. It really cracks me up that every comment made about another team being good is somehow always a slam on Detroit! I wonder if they ran an article on Edmonton getting a nice new Zamboni if someone would comment how the JLA had one first.

Of course we would, because the Red Wings did get a new one first.  Edmonton is just trying to be like us.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 10/07/11 at 10:46 PM ET

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Of course we would, because the Red Wings did get a new one first.  Edmonton is just trying to be like us.

Of course, what was I thinkng.

Posted by timbits on 10/07/11 at 10:56 PM ET

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I love these articles because it doesn’t take long for someone to comment on Detroit. It really cracks me up that every comment made about another team being good is somehow always a slam on Detroit! I wonder if they ran an article on Edmonton getting a nice new Zamboni if someone would comment how the JLA had one first.

Posted by timbits on 10/07/11 at 08:39 PM ET

Well, is it such an unreasonable assumption?  Aren’t the other 29 teams in the NHL trying to take the away the Wings marquis status?  If not than why are they still playing?  Besides, Chicago (the team, press, fans, etc), doesn’t exactly make their dislike of the Red Wings a big secret.  It isn’t really a stretch, and you know… heavy weighs the crown.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 10/08/11 at 02:29 AM ET

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the Wings marquis status?
Posted by bezukov from Wings Fan in exile: Columbus, OH on 10/08/11 at 12:29 AM ET

The Wings are European nobility?  Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Posted by Forlorn in VA on 10/08/11 at 08:35 AM ET

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