5 Most Pressing Orders of Business for Chicago Blackhawks Once NHL Lockout Ends

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5 Most Pressing Orders of Business for Chicago Blackhawks Once NHL Lockout Ends
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The Blackhawks will have a lot to deal with if the season gets underway.

Assuming a deal gets done at some point in the near future for the NHL to end the lockout, the Chicago Blackhawks will have plenty to worry about in a new season.

Since talks between owners and players broke down last week, owners and players have yet to meet again to come to a resolution and end the lockout. With all games cancelled through December 30, the situation has become more grim with nearly two-and-a-half months of hockey already wiped off.

It appears plans for more meetings are gaining traction, though, according to ESPN.com. Commissioner Gary Bettman has said he doesn't want a season with fewer than 48 games per team, which would require the season to start sometime in mid-January. Talks must progress relatively soon if that is to be a distinct possibility.

We have not seen Chicago Blackhawks hockey since April 23, when Chicago was blanked 4-0 by the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 6 of the first round of the playoffs.

There will be plenty of pressing orders of business once the Blackhawks are able to practice and play together as a unit in 2013. Let's take a look at those five things.

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