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Former Chicago Blackhawks We’d Like To See, Not See Again In Chicago

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Apr 2, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) brings the puck up ice as Buffalo Sabres left wing C.J. Smith (49) pursues during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 2, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) brings the puck up ice as Buffalo Sabres left wing C.J. Smith (49) pursues during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Blackhawks have lost plenty of great talent en route to winning the Stanley Cup three times in the last eight seasons, and today we’re going to recall some of those names

The latest rumor surrounding the Chicago Blackhawks, who have been dogged by them all offseason to this point, has former forward and three-time Stanley Cup champion Patrick Sharp returning to the fold. Reactions to this possible re-acquisition have been mixed among the fan base.

What it got some others thinking about, however, was a list of former Blackhawks who could possibly return to the team before their time in the NHL is up. Among those to ponder this was my good friend Mil Savich, who I’ve borrowed ideas from before in this space.

His list of still-active former Blackhawks he’d like to see back on the team was short and sweet: Brandon Saad, Nick Leddy and Teuvo Teravainen. Mission accomplished on 33 percent of that list when the Blackhawks re-acquired Saad last week for Artemi Panarin in a multi-player deal with Columbus.

Today, I’m going to take a closer look at some bigger-name guys who were jettisoned from the Blackhawks’ three most recent championship teams, and who are still in the NHL today, and offer my thoughts on how interested I’d be in seeing each one return to the Blackhawks at some point.

It’s worth noting I’m not going to talk about Niklas Hjalmarsson and Artemi Panarin, since they were just moved from the organization. I’m also going to treat each of the guys I’m talking about like they’re upcoming free agents. With that, let’s begin.

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