The Departed: How Cup-Winning Blackhawks Are Fairing With New Clubs

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The Departed: How Cup-Winning Blackhawks Are Fairing With New Clubs
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Just six months ago, on a rainy Philadelphia night, the Chicago Blackhawks hoisted Lord Stanley’s cup for the first time in 49 years. What a difference six months makes.

Six months ago, the city of Chicago threw their hockey heroes a massive party, as two million plus crammed their way onto Michigan Avenue to bask in the glory of their title. It was a majestic scene, as an entire city came together behind their beloved Blackhawks. After the parade, it appeared as if it might take the city six months to clean up the mess created that day on Michigan Avenue.

Six months later, the confetti is long gone, the champagne has disappeared, and the only mess needing clean up is the one created by the Blackhawks just days after that glorious June morning in the Windy City.

Salary cap restraints backed the Blackhawks into a corner, and a portion of the team that fans got to know so well and love so dearly were sent out of town.  The moves were unpopular but necessary. But try telling that to a disheartened Blackhawks fan this year, as “the departed” are finding success elsewhere while their replacements are struggling to keep the Hawks afloat in the Western Conference.

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