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.