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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Panic Within The Troops

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Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! If you have been on social media lately there is some real panic with the troops about this upcoming season. 

Since I’ve been doing this since 2012, this has to be by far the most pessimistic I’ve seen Chicago Blackhawks fans about the upcoming season. During the lockout summer, I was just starting out and fans were upset about the season not starting on time so I would say it was more of NHL anger then worried about the upcoming season even though like this summer, the Blackhawks were coming off consecutive first round knockouts.

I think the thing that really has most fans worried is that the Hawks are expecting too much from Patrick Sharp while he looks to be replacing Artemi Panarin on the second line.  Panarin may be one dimensional but man he’s good at it, and he always brought out the best in Patrick Kane.

The loss of Niklas Hjalmarsson and Artemi Panarin seems bigger than the gains of Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp if you ask most which makes fans worry.

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I really think it’s the fact that the Chicago Blackhawks got swept in the playoffs that is the main cause of everyone’s worry to go along with the trades.  The thing is the Chicago Blackhawks had the best record in the West and cruised the final 2 weeks of the season, and they never were able to turn it back on again which is partly Joel Quenneville‘s fault.

The teams in the West did get better through the draft, trades, and free agency, but in the end the Chicago Blackhawks still have Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Duncan Keith!  Don’t fret, it will be alright!

Here are some morning links to start your Friday morning! 

Who doesn’t like watching a time lapse of a building going up? This is of the new Blackhawks facility (Blackhawks)

Stan Bowman didn’t mess up the Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews contracts (Second City)

Toews and Kane only have one year left to be known as the highest paid players in the NHL (Madhouse Enforcer)

Why the salary cap makes the NHL GM job so impossible (Faxes From Uncle Dale)

With all the former Blackhawks there, Marcus Kruger expects an easy transition in Carolina (CSN)

Here is why there hasn’t been a John Tavares extension yet (Newday)

Looking at the Nashville Predators shooting percentages (On The Forecheck)

Montreal Canadiens took all the fun out of the rumor mill by signing Alex Galchenyuk to a 3 year deal (Puck Prose)

There is a real good chance that Rick Tocchet will be the next coach in Arizona (Pro Hockey Talk)

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