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Chicago Blackhawks: 10 Predictions for 2016

By Andrew Facemyer
Nov 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) reacts after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) reacts after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Francois Beauchemin (32) is checked by Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) during the third period at the United Center. Shaw received a charging penalty on the play. The Avalanche won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

9. We Say Goodbye to Andrew Shaw

The salary cap is a way of life in this cruel, cruel world that we live in as fans of one of the greatest sports on Earth. Shaw will be one of the casualties of the Chicago Blackhawks at the end of this season. His contract is up at the end of the 2015-16 season, and the ‘Hawks will be facing the cap yet again. The only question is whether he’s gone before the trade deadline or after the season.

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The ‘Hawks need to sign Marcus Kruger to a long(ish)-term deal. Dennis Rasmussen is certainly setting himself up for a nice payday. They will need to re-sign Philip Danault, and if he continues to play like he has the past few weeks, then he won’t come as cheap as any of us would hope. If you add in re-signing potential gold mine Marko Dano, Ryan Haggerty and Mark McNeill, Shaw just isn’t worth it. There will be a number of teams after all of these players, and the ‘Hawks will need to pay (and play) the talent that they want to keep.

We love the energy. We love the passion. And by god did we love the stitches. While Shaw has proven to be replaceable, he has (literally) fought his way into the fanbase. When the ‘Hawks win another Stanley Cup, his beer-acquiring abilities will be missed by fans and teammates alike. Let’s just hope that he goes to the Eastern Conference, so we don’t have to deal with him.

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