Final Report Card for the Chicago Blackhawks' 2013-14 Season

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Final Report Card for the Chicago Blackhawks' 2013-14 Season
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The defending Stanley Cup champions entered the 2013-14 season with only one objective: a repeat.

When the 'Hawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, the team had been forced to endure draconian salary-cutting measures to keep it under the NHL salary cap. Consequently, much of the supporting cast was sent away and a pair of first-round exits followed.

This time, the story was different. Under the watch of general manager Stan Bowman, the Blackhawks were in reasonably good fiscal shape and the 2013 championship crew was, with a few exceptions, kept intact.

Unfortunately, the dreams of a repeat were not to be realized, as Chicago fell in the Western Conference Final. Does that make the team's season a failure?

Read on to find out.

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