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It's not easy being the defending champs. It's even harder trying to repeat the success you had the year before.
The Blackhawks will soon find out how hard it really is. After losing Adam Burish, Dustin Byfgulien, Kris Versteeg, John Madden, Andrew Ladd, Antti NIemi, Ben Eager, and Colin Fraser during the offseason, it's safe to bet the problem the Hawks might face will be finding adequate replacements for those players.
New faces in the team can also shake up the chemistry the team had the previous season. With no huge coaching changes, the team should have no problem getting along with the staff.
As for the new faces, players can use this chance to become role models to the young players.
Another question this season for the Hawks is regarding Marty Turco. More specifically, his performance.
Goaltending is, arguably, the most important aspect of a championship team. You don't have good goaltending, it's very unlikely you will go far in the season.
With no experienced backup for Turco, the Hawks are gambling a little bit on Turco's ability to do well this season.
It could backfire on them, or it could be genius.