Although the Blackhawks nearly pulled off one of the biggest comebacks in professional sports history, they were unable to strike the final blow.
Now they will begin what will be a long and disappointing summer full of rest and training, while rekindling their desire to win.
Meanwhile, Stan Bowman and his management team will begin the process of evaluating the roster and establishing the areas the Blackhawks need to be better in if they are to be strong Stanley Cup contenders once again.
The definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting different results. With that in mind, the Blackhawks cannot go into next season with exactly the same roster and expect a much different result without appearing, as the saying puts it, insane.
Bowman said in his final press conference that he intends to speak with the players and the coaching staff to learn exactly where the team needs improvement and go about making those improvements.
This will be very different from last summer. This offseason will be about building, not destroying.
Expect some changes.
In this slideshow, I will review some of those possible changes. I will consider some ideas for next season as well as some long term strategies for the Blackhawks.
I will evaluate which free agents should be released or resigned, which players should be traded, immediate roster needs, some ideas for this year's draft and the big picture for the Blackhawks.
Here's what should be on Bowman's agenda this summer.