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.