Chicago Blackhawks and the 2011-2012 Roster

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Chicago Blackhawks and the 2011-2012 Roster
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A lot has happened to the Chicago Blackhawks in the last year: They won Lord Stanley's Cup, were forced to decimate a fantastic and scarily deep team due to salary issues, struggled through the beginning of the season with half the team being new players and pulled it together in time to make the playoffs before coming one shot shy of capping one of the greatest comebacks in all of hockey.

Since the Blackhawks are no longer the defending Stanley Cup Champions, they can get back to business and start doing what they do best: winning.

The series with Vancouver exposed the Hawks' major flaws: A lack of depth at the bottom of the roster and an inability or unwillingness to play the physical game, with the exception of John Scott, whom I can skate better than.

However, with one season under the belts of the new players, there will be better chemistry at the beginning of the season, but there will also be some changes. Since the Hawks are no longer in the financial bind they were last season, this offseason should be filled with much less sadness and sorrow at the loss of players.

I will be making a couple of assumptions throughout this article, which will be stated on the slides of which they are pertinent, and here is the first: The salary cap for next year will be at $62.2 million.

Everybody ready? Alright, let's go!

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