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Chicago is the new Detroit. As such, Bowman is the new Ken Holland, trying to hold together a nucleus in a cap world, where team success breeds big paydays for individual players. While other GMs are scouring the UFA market for top-six forwards and top-pairing defencemen, Bowman already has those. Instead, he is busy trading away roster players for draft picks, to assuage the cap issues that are inherent with winning Stanley Cups. You’ll notice that Bolland, Frolik, Stalberg and Emery left after last June’s Cup win with not a single player returning to Chicago. That’s four roster players out, and not a single player coming back.

-Mark Spector of Sportsnet.  Read on to find out why he feels that way.

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SK77's avatar

Here is the cycle you see emerging from Bowman’s world, where a successful rebuild installed franchise pillars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Nik Hjalmarsson.

I’m sure Detroit would also look a lot different if they’d had the abundance of first round picks that Chicago has had going back to 2000.

2000 – #10 & #11
2001 – #9 & 29
2002 – #21
2003 – #14
2004 – #3
2005 – #7
2006 – #3
2007 – #1
2008 – #11
2009 – #28
2010 – #24
2011 – #18 & #26
2012 – #18

The real challenge will be keeping their franchise competitive five to ten years from now when they’re not getting those top-10 draft picks, and instead are seeing their first pick somewhere around the mid-to-late twenties.

Posted by SK77 on 11/25/13 at 06:16 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Chicago is the new Detroit

Shockingly, the most stupid comment of the week occurred on a Monday.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 11/25/13 at 06:29 PM ET

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Chicago is the new Detroit

I bet there are many in Detroit who wish it were thew new Chicago.

Posted by timbits on 11/25/13 at 06:50 PM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

Chicago is the new Detroit

This is where we take out the crime statistics and say “yes, Chicago has surpassed Detroit in my metrics.”

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 11/25/13 at 09:02 PM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

in many*

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 11/25/13 at 09:02 PM ET

awould's avatar

Chicago is undoubtedly a great team. They were drafted though, and it was earned through years of suckitude. Stan Bowman is enjoying a lot of undeserved credit for walking into a fully stocked team. It will be interesting to see how he handles the next 5 years. I’m not saying he isn’t good at his job, just that he hasn’t had to do much so far.

Posted by awould on 11/25/13 at 09:28 PM ET

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Chicago is the new Detroit?

Where, then, is the steady decline after winning the cup?
The inability to adjust to a cap world?
The clinging to veterans rather than playing youth?
The act of putting all your eggs in one basket when trying to replace one of the best defenseman ever and then low balling the guy you targeted?
The embarrassing summer of giving muti-year deals to players nobody else in the entire league wanted?
The deal giving up a first round draft pick for a player that you yourself drafted in the fourth round and then gave away for nothing?
When did Bowman take a full roster team with no cap space to spare and then re-sign a half-cripple washed up forward, thus screwing over some of the best forward prospects the team had?

Hey Chicago, come back when you’ve done that and maybe we’ll talk about whether you’re the new Detroit or not…

Posted by Garth on 11/25/13 at 09:45 PM ET

Laran's avatar

Wow that’s one sandy vagina Garth. Keep that Prozac close.

Posted by Laran on 11/26/13 at 12:03 AM ET

SK77's avatar

Really overused and worn out at this point as well.

Posted by SK77 on 11/26/13 at 01:23 AM ET

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