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Chicago Blackhawks’ 10 Worst Moments Of 2016 Calendar Year

By Colin Likas
Apr 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) and Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) shake hands after the St. Louis Blues defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) and Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) shake hands after the St. Louis Blues defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 23, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen (86) celebrates his game winning goal in the overtime against the Boston Bruins at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in the overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 23, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen (86) celebrates his game winning goal in the overtime against the Boston Bruins at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in the overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 9: Losing players in the offseason

This is an every-year occurrence with the Blackhawks anymore, being so pressed up against the salary cap they can’t hold on to everyone who dotted the previous season’s roster.

This offseason, we said goodbye to Bickell, Teuvo Teravainen and Andrew Shaw, as well as the trade-deadline acquisitions (more on them later). Losing a promising young player in Teravainen and a heart-and-soul type guy like Shaw certainly made for a sad offseason.

Fans have all kinds of different views on these players, but it’s never fun watching your team’s roster get purged after seeing it have any sort of success. And guys like Teuvo and Shaw projected as ones who could help the team moving forward, too.

That’s just the business of the game these days.

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