There is a lot of excitement and uncertainty shadowing the next couple of months as we enter what should have been the home stretch of the NHL offseason.
Negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement are becoming intense and being treated with careful scrutiny. There is a very real possibility that “opening night” may be shoved into the proverbial sock drawer and forgotten about for several months—perhaps longer.
However, teams cannot afford to treat one wound and neglect the other. As exhausting a time it may be for an organization and its management, team issues still need to be addressed.
The Chicago Blackhawks have been on the muzzle-end of their last two Stanley Cup Playoff series losses. The team hasn’t restructured their current organizational depth much since its massive salary shedding in the post-Stanley Cup summer of 2010, and they are delusional if they believe that things will magically improve on their own.
Here are the 4 biggest changes the Hawks must make before their season begins.