Chicago Blackhawks: 4 Silver Linings After Whiffing on the Top UFAs

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Chicago Blackhawks: 4 Silver Linings After Whiffing on the Top UFAs
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The Chicago Blackhawks did not pull off the big move of the summer in NHL free agency. They weren't able to land Zach Parise or Ryan Suter, let alone both players like the Minnesota Wild.

Excuses are pointless at this stage of the offseason. Stan Bowman's job is to improve the Blackhawks, not tell us how hard he tries to do so.

However, there are ways to soothe any sting from being close (to whatever degree that really was) but garnering no free-agent cigar. The 'Hawks whiffed on Parise, Suter and now Matt Carle, who signed with Tampa Bay Wednesday.

Here are five silver linings to pay heed to over the next few days while we wait for Bowman to regroup.

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