This past June, the Chicago Blackhawks made history by winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in 49 years. They also ended the longest drought in NHL history. Not only did they make hockey history, but they also saved Chicago's sports teams from further ridicule. The Cubs haven't won in 101 years, the Bulls haven't been amazing since Michael Jordan, and the Bears, lets just not talk about the Bears. The Hawks made us die-hard fans extremely happy, while their success picked up some new fans as well. All the happiness couldn't last though. Now everybody is complaining about the trading and the salary cap and BLAH BLAH BLAH.
According to Jeffery Bartl, who runs the blog, Blackhawk Up, we have nothing to worry about. I trust Bartl. He was the famous 10 year old that Mario Lemieux tossed a puck to when they lost the cup in 1992 and promised him they would win soon. He has waited 18 years for his promise to be fufilled. He knows what he's talking about.
After reading Bartl's "Comparing the Blackhawks to the Florida Marlins is downrig... , this is my opinion on the trading ordeal:
Yes, I will miss Versteeg, he was one of my favorites
Yes, I will miss Byfuglien beating up Pronger
Heck yes I will miss Burish playing pranks on Kane and Toews and acting as the "protector"
I will miss chanting the unchantable name, and hearing Eddie Olczyk and Pat Foley yelling, "and Niemi says NO"
I will even miss making fun of Sopel looking like a caveman and Eager skating in circles because he doesn't know how to play the game.
All that said, Versteeg and Byfuglien didn't really start playing until the Post Season.
Niemi was greedy when he knew that $1.5 million was plenty for one year
and I'm PROUD that Burish left. He's getting twice the salary that he did on the Hawks and he can finally be seen as the star.
Sopel and Eager... i have a feeling they won't be missed.
The point I'm trying to make is that we all need to CALM DOWN. With these trades and changes in the line-up. Seabrook and Hjalmarsson can finally play first string and be seen as front runners, and I personally think it's time to see Bryan Bickle really playing. The Hawks have acquired some great, young kids ready for the minors who can train and carry the team when Sharp or Hossa or someone else chooses to leave. Yes, it's sad to see the Dream Team break apart, but this is just the way things go. Calm yourselves, breathe, and watch the game.
Maybe some new kid will turn the tables and be the new Patrick Kane or Duncan Keith.
afterthought- When is Boynton leaving? He's as bad as Eager
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