With Thanksgiving upon us, it is always a good time to be reflective. For the Chicago Blackhawks, 2011 has been a season of growing pains and change.
The Stanley Cup hangover officially concluded with a grueling seven-game series loss to the Vancouver Canucks. When the summer arrived, Stan Bowman and company decided that it was time to make some changes.
As of now, the Blackhawks are among the NHL elite and unlike last year, they are in a much better position heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.
For the moment, let's forget about how miserable they have been in their last two contests against the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. This team will certainly need to bond in Las Vegas and we all can't wait until Brent Seabrook is healthy.
Despite the brutal outcome of their last two games, Chicago fans should feel very lucky that they have a winner in the Windy City. The Hawks have the pieces in place to, once again, bring home hockey's ultimate prize.
To our beloved Hawks, we thank you for the following...