Last season was a frustrating adjustment for the Chicago Blackhawks. Coming off their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, the Hawks were forced through a tumultuous offseason in 2010 to play a year marred by injury and inconsistency. Hockey fans were witness to the difficulty of repeating as champions, seeing some of the reasons why no team has claimed back-to-back Cups since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.
After a first-round playoff loss to the rival Vancouver Canucks, the Blackhawks' offseason got off to an early start, and there was plenty of work to be done. But unlike 2010, the changes to come were more of the positive variety - something welcomed by general manager Stan Bowman, who now had money to spend (not slash) and players to bring in (not ship out).
Hawks fans saw a few more familiar faces leave town, including three more from the Cup-winning team. But the additions outweigh the subtractions, as they will complement a core that is still among the league's most talented.
The quest for Cup begins on opening night with a visit to Dallas in 73 days. Here are five changes that will put the Blackhawks in a position to reclaim Lord Stanley once more...