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It’s Chicago Blackhawks day on PHT

Jul 26, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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Welcome to our offseason initiative — 30 teams in 30 days.

From July 16 until Aug. 14, we’ll be dedicating each day to a new team by recapping the offseason and looking ahead to 2012-13.

There will also be a series of posts looking at key stories, player profiles and burning questions regarding each squad.

Today, we continue with the Chicago Blackhawks.

However you feel about the fervor regarding Patrick Kane‘s off-ice exploits, that might be the story of Chicago’s offseason. That’s because this is largely the same team.

Sure, the Blackhawks flirted with Martin Brodeur (and maybe Roberto Luongo), yet ultimately they’ll roll the dice with Corey Crawford and Ray Emery once again.

And yes, there was some scuttlebutt of them adding more of a good thing with Zach Parise (and perhaps still Shane Doan?), yet their forward group likely remains the same – which isn’t really a bad thing.

Perhaps their fate merely improved by remaining idle, though.

The St. Louis Blues are no longer “a secret,” the Detroit Red Wings lost Nicklas Lidstrom, the Columbus Blue Jackets traded Rick Nash and the Nashville Predators watched Ryan Suter walk away.

Does that make the Blackhawks early favorites for the Central Division crown? We’ll explore the team’s biggest questions today at PHT.

  1. fleurystooths - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    No one wants this. We want another Franchise day on PHT. SoupCanSid clearly has done something of importance that we, the SCA as well as hockey fans in general, must know about. What did he have for breakfast? What color hair did the girl he ravished last night have? Did he apply enough Chapstick? Common PHT, get it together.

    • hrudey - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Hopefully someday soon they’ll fix the site redirection bug so that I stop ending up at PAHockeytalk.

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    “Does that make the Blackhawks early favorites for the Central Division crown?”

    Not if they don’t improve over last season’s horrendous GA/PP/PK numbers. Yikes.

  3. earlcpeacock - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    I want to know what soup can sids fecal matter looked like this morning, was it a log? or was it soupy? what kind of toothpaste does he use? does he use charmin or scotts tp to wipe his golden anus hole? we need to know this!

  4. polegojim - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    I’m a Hawks believer.

    Healthy Hossa is critical.

    That said, Kane still has a college ‘kid’ mentality. Time to GROW UP Patrick.

  5. dadleyrussell - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    I think Bowman’s best move is by making fewer moves. His history is suspect, and I think the hawks are better off staying where they are rather than letting him try to move players.

    With prospects coming up through the system, hopefully they’ll fill in some of the roles that were lost after their crowning season of 2010.

    no doubt Crawford needs to improve, he had very respectable stretches of games, but that losing streak and other performances are the ones remembered.

    Sharp had his best season playing center in 09-10, not sure why he wasn’t even considered for the spot last season.

    Hossa’s noggin’ will definitely affect the hawks’ season. if he’s out for chucks or games or longer that hugely impacts their greatest strength, offense.

    With a new assistant coach behind Q, they’ll need to sort out their PK/PP performance, which really cost them a lot last season.

    Despite their first round exit, and deceivingly low conference seed, they had a very successful regular season. considering how terrible they were on special teams, such uncertainty in goal and missing Toews for more than 20 games.

    With the Central Division losing some big names, many might think Chicago will have a chance to improve on last years performance, but that will remain to be seen, as they have plenty of improving to do.

  6. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Hawks are no threat, Stan Bowman is a joke and Tallon is in Florida.
    They will continue to be good but not great.

  7. jnealsmeatymember - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    So does anyone kno these answers? Im jonesin just thinking about soupcan stripping off his label and standing in front of a barn-sized mirror in admiration of the breathtaking sight. Mmmmyeah!

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