Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- 80

By Keith Schultz

Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! 

The Chicago Blackhawks countdown to opening night has hit 80 games today.  This doesn’t mean too much except for the fact that it’s a lots less than 90 or 100.  If I have typed it once  it feels like I have typed it 1,000 times… This is the longest summer ever.

Yesterday we talked about the Chicago Blackhawks defense being Stanley Cup worthy with the additions of Brian Campbell and possibly Michal Kempny.

The problem I see with the Hawks this year will not be Michal Rozsival which never goes away like a cockroach in the cabinets, but the real problem has to be the fact that the Hawks heading into training camp have one legit line they can count on to start the season.

The Patrick Kane, Artem Anisimov, and Artemi Panarin line is lethal and let’s be honest carried the Chicago Blackhawks offense for most of last year, but this year the top line of Jonathan Toews and who else is a huge question mark let alone looking at what mix of youngsters and veterans will be patrolling the bottom 6.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been an exciting team to watch since Toews and Kane arrived, but I fear this will be one of those years where scoring will be a struggle for our favorite team with all the depth disappearing due to the salary cap.

There are only 80 days left, but it sure feels like a lot of long hot summer days are ahead of us before the season starts up on October 12th.

More from Blackhawks News

 Here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to start your Sunday morning. 

Watch and hear how Michal Kempny if fitting into North American hockey this summer (Blackhawks)

Are you excited about the Chicago Blackhawks leading the NHL with 21 National appearances this upcoming season (Second City)

Chicago Blackhawks prospect John Dahlstrom is heading to the WHL this season to improve on his skills (Committed Indians)

Maybe the reason the Chicago Blackhawks win a lot is because they lead the NHL in scouts (Second City)

You would have thought with all the work they had to do to get a franchise, the nickname would have already been picked out (Las Vegas Review Journal)

Predicting the top candidates for the Selke Award this upcoming NHL season (Bleacher Report)

Next: Possible Big Future?

Kevin Hayes and the New York Rangers smartly avoided arbitration and a 2 year contract was signed (Puck Daddy)