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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- 97 More Days

By Keith Schultz
Jun 2, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman talks with media during media day the day before the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 2, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman talks with media during media day the day before the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! 

The Chicago Blackhawks countdown is on for me now with the numbers being down to double digits.  The number being less than 100 seemed liked a long trip away when the Hawks were eliminated from the playoffs in late April.  I looked up the days when the Hawks lost on that night after a tough third period of Game #7 of the opening round, and the number was so big I just closed out the calendar window on my phone.

Now with the draft and free agency period having passed us and in the midst of completion the roster is starting to take place and the question marks heading into next season are starting to take shape.

The biggest question right now for me is the bottom six really,  what will it look like, who will step up and who will be there when the season starts and who will claim the spots when the season ends.  It really is a pretty fascinating thing to look ahead at what the lines could look like come October 12.  One line combination for the fourth line was Mashinter-Schmaltz-Tootoo which is a welcome to the league kid you have no offensive support around you!

The other good question is where does Marian Hossa fit in next season.  At the end he was playing the third line, but does he really play along side Marcus Kruger and a player from Rockford like Tanner Kero.

We have 97 days left to ask these type of questions and to come up with answers that we all know will be thrown out at the first practice when Joel Quenneville just laughs at our ideas and does his own thing.. Only 97 days left until opening night!!

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