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While he helped build the championship team, he also prevent a repeat.
The man responsible for the Stanley Cup run in 2010 is arguably the one most responsible for the team's inability to repeat.
The cliche of mortgaging the future to win today has never been more true. While he did not rid the organization of top prospects, he did tie current GM Stan Bowman's hands during the offseason.
The salary dump, known in here as "The Fire Sale," really stung when the Blackhawks tried to re-sign goaltender Antti Niemi who wound up taking less money to take his talents to the South Bay.
Now that most of the pricey contracts have been eliminated, Bowman was able to get the core players re-signed and acquire the role players to sustain the long haul of a season, even making key trades at the deadline if necessary to boost the roster for a deep playoff run.