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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Reason They Don’t Need a Duncan Keith Replacement Trade

By Tim Lively
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Feb 24, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Florida Panthers defenseman

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(72) cross checks Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

#3 – The ‘Hawks Have Played Sans Core Players Before

Believe it or not, playing without a core player like Keith is actually familiar territory for the Blackhawks. While it’s always concerning when one of the pillar players of the Blackhawks is sidelined for an extended period of time, we shouldn’t forget the ‘Hawks have been here before. Ever since the establishment of the Blackhawks’ core in 2010, the ‘Hawks have been able to preserve in the face of prolonged absences of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook, and yes, even Duncan Keith.

It’s this ability to keep moving forward and achieve success without a franchise player that makes the Blackhawks a championship-caliber team to begin with, and this is something that unfortunately we seem to forget too often.

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