The Chicago Blackhawks have a nucleus that should keep them relevant for the next five to 10 years in the NHL. They have plenty of young talent, and seem to have found the goalie of the future in Corey Crawford. Now they need to find the right pieces to plug into the 2011-2012 roster for them to have a more consistent year.
They struggled in 2010 with consistency from night to night, and were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. They could not get all their ducks in a row this year, and the jumbling of lines showed that they did not have the chemistry of 2009. The taste in the mouths of Toews, Kane and company cannot be good. Even so, they have plenty of firepower to stay relevant in the coming years.
This offseason will be a much-needed break to get the hunger back; they will be able to recharge the batteries and be fresh for 2012. Let’s take a look at the players that will not be returning for the 2011-2012 season.