Ranking the Chicago Blackhawks' 5 Biggest Needs in the 2014 Offseason

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Ranking the Chicago Blackhawks' 5 Biggest Needs in the 2014 Offseason
Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

The Chicago Blackhawks battled back from a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference Final and had the lead in the third period of the seventh game. It looked like another trip to the Stanley Cup Final was at hand.

However, the Blackhawks were playing a relentless and talented opponent in the Los Angeles Kings.

Marian Gaborik sent the game into overtime with a goal late in the third period, and then Alec Martinez ended matters when his wrist shot deflected off the shoulder of Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy and floated into the back of the net.

Game over, season over and no repeat championship. The Blackhawks came oh so close to getting to the Stanley Cup Final as the series favorite, but the Kings refused to yield to their pressure.

General manager Stan Bowman and head coach Joel Quenneville don't have the opportunity to sit back and feel sorry for themselves. Instead they must plan for the future.

That begins by assessing the team needs for the future. Here's our look at the Blackhawks' biggest needs as they head into the offseason.

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