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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- No Surprises

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May 29, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at a press conference before game one of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
May 29, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at a press conference before game one of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The expansion protection list was announced yesterday, and there were really no surprises for Chicago Blackhawks fans. 

The Chicago Blackhawks beat writers and bloggers have been basically telling us for a week now who was and wasn’t going to be on the protected list, and when it was finally announced at 10:30am (1/2 hour later than the announced time on Saturday) there were no surprises for Hawks fans.

Of course the one player everyone was questioning was Tomas Jurco being on the protected list.  I had a real love/hate relationship with Jurco during his short stay with the Hawks.  I felt like he was a poor mans Michael Frolik with him not getting a lot of minutes, so he makes some plays yet struggled to finish them in the back of the net.

Besides that I guess the only question was Dennis Rasmussen, but he hasn’t signed a contract so that’s why he’s not protected.  I have to be honest I didn’t realize that Jeff Glass would be available for the Vegas Golden Knights.

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So now we are stuck waiting until the 21st until we find out if Marcus Kruger or Trevor van Riemsdyk are traded to Vegas.. Oh well, it makes the summer go by faster.

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Here are some morning links to start your work week. 

Here is a look at the final NHL Draft order (NHL)

Who should the Vegas Golden Knights pick in the expansion draft (Second City) (Puck Prose)

It’s official, the salary cap is moved to 75 million (Committed Indians)

No surprises with the protected list (Sun-Times)

What does the salary cap increase mean for the Hawks (CSN)

What are the greatest dynasties since 2000 (Bleacher Report)

The Blues decided to protect Ryan Reaves (St Louis Gametime)

Next: Does The Penguins Repeat Change Blackhawks Legacy?

Biggest surprises on the Vegas unprotected lists (Puck Daddy)

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