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5 Quick Thoughts Before The Blackhawks Training Camp

By Keith Schultz
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May 30, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing

Patrick Kane

(88) jumps on the back of defenseman

Duncan Keith

(2) after a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period in game six of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks training camp is about to kick off with only 2 short days separating us from seeing Blackhawks playing on the ice and steamrolling to October with an opening night start against the Dallas Stars.  Here are 5 quick thoughts about the approaching training camp.

5. Someone Still Has To Go! 

The Blackhawks still are over the salary cap and need to make a trade.  Is it a position of strength or desperation that the Hawks find themselves?  It appears that it will be either Johnny Oduya or Michal Rozsival to leave the Hawks family because Bowman doesn’t do blockbusters but there always seems to be Patrick Sharp to the Montreal Canadiens whispers out there.  It does look like that the Hawks are keeping the gang together so look for something  minor as always from Stan.

4. Richards Tank and Meshing Ability

The only signing the Hawks made was Brad Richards and the question is what does Richards have left in his career gas tank.  Richards if he has anything left will look light years faster than Michal Handzus.  The second question is will he be able to mesh with Patrick Kane, which may be the bigger question with many predicting a career season for Kane with a real 2nd line center next to him. If Richards has both gas left in the tank and is able to mesh will with Kane, this signing will go down as the best one of the offseason.

3. No Real Camp Battles

There is no real camp battle to watch this season.  With the salary cap where it is the Hawks are going to be limited in what they can do with their roster.  Sure there will be minor battles like Jeremy Morin vs Kris Versteeg for third line wing or which of the Rockford trio defenseman makes the team if and when a defenseman is traded, but it won’t be like years past where there is a lot of drama between training camp and opening night for whose going to be on the team. The only kind of battle for me will be if Joel Quenneville resists the temptation to add Brandon Mashinter to the roster or leave the fighter in Rockford.