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The Chicago Blackhawks are holding their annual summer fan convention--something I wish other teams would emulate--in the Windy City this weekend, so the warm fuzzies have begun in earnest.
Capgeek will tell you that there's a $2.216 million elephant in the room, however, an elephant that will ensure that not every player who attends the convention will start the season with the Hawks, and NHL.com's Brian Hedger discussed the Hawks' cap overage with GM Stan Bowman on Friday:
"We certainly have to be ready to go by October, that's the goal," Bowman said Friday at the annual Blackhawks Convention at the Chicago Hilton. "A lot of things change between now and then. You have to display some patience."
Bowman is setting a good example, but fans and media aren't as willing to wait. The fact one, or more, players won't be with the organization much longer will be a storyline for the Blackhawks until something happens.
Having a 2 AM-conversation with Franklin Steele on Twitter, I had to amend my take as to why the Chicago Blackhawks weren't able to defend their Stanley Cup championship. As a Red Wings fan, I would argue that a team needs Vladimir Konstantinov and Sergei Mnatsakanov-sized motivation to repeat, and I would point out that the Blackhawks played until June 24th of 2013--and sometimes forget that 90% of the players who didn't make the Conference Final are already beginning their summertime workouts to prepare physically and mentally for the next season.
Chicago played so very late into the lockout-marred 2013 season that the mental and physical challenges the speedy Hawks faced had to feel insurmountable, and then Franklin reminded me that on top of having perhaps nine weeks to re-focus, TEN Blackhawks participated in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Even as a Wings fan, I have to applaud the hell out of the Hawks for getting to Game 7 of the Western Conference Final given the challenges they faced.
ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only entry as to what the Blackhawks need to do to "reload for 2014-2015," and while I'm sure that you'd argue point 1 of 3, inking Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions ahead of the pair qualifying for unrestricted free agency next summer, is job #1, I'd suggest that Custance's second point may matter more than the guaranteed first occurring:
from Scott Powers of ESPNChicago,
A lot of events needed to happen between June 22, 2012, and Friday for Teuvo Teravainen to be on the verge of making his NHL debut for the Chicago Blackhawks.
First, the Blackhawks needed Teravainen to fall to No. 18 in the first round of the 2012 draft. He was expected by many to go in the top 10. But after nine teams ahead of the Blackhawks addressed defenseman needs, Teravainen was still on the board.
"We weren't targeting him because we had him as one of the top players in the draft," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Friday. "We certainly liked him. We never thought he would slide to us that far. As the draft went on and on, that was the year all the defensemen were taken one after another after another. So we started looking at one another when it got to 13 or 14.
"We said, Wow, he might be there. And we talked to our scouts, and they said: 'No question. If he's there, we've got to take him. He's such a talented player.' For whatever reason, that happens sometimes. We're fortunate. We're not going to complain about the fact he slid down to us."