Old Chicago Blackhawks returning can generate unreasonable hopes
When it comes to the three latest Stanley Cup wins by our beloved Chicago Blackhawks, it can be hard to pick which is the best. While it’s certainly hard to top the 17 seconds of the 2013 Stanley Cup win, or the sheer number of OT wins the ‘Hawks notched during their 2015 Stanley Cup victory, for fans like me, who endured the dark years of the late 1990s and early 2000s, the 2010 drought-breaking Stanley Cup is still by far the nearest and dearest to our hearts.
Regardless of which ‘Hawks’ Stanley Cup win is your favorite, suffice to say every name on that 2010 roster is sacred in the eyes of all Blackhawks fans. At no time was this more evident than when one of those 2010 players lost in that subsequent offseason purge return to Chi-Town.
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The first such player was Kris Versteeg. One of the many casualties of the Great Roster Purge of 2010, Steeger returned to the Blackhawks during the 2013-14 season, to the joy of many ‘Hawks fans. However, after his sabbatical from Chicago, Versteeg couldn’t seem to get his old groove back in red, white and black, as he quickly carved out a reputation for himself as a choke artist on scoring opportunities when he wasn’t turning the puck over.
While Versteeg started his 2014-2015 campaign much stronger, his resurgence was tragically cut short by injury during the Winter Classic. Steeger would go on to help the Blackhawks win their third Stanley Cup in six years in 2015, but his contributions were highly forgettable, so much so that he was one of the first to go during the following offseason.
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