Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks have had great players come an go through these last 10 years, but having to say goodbye to Niklas Hjalmarsson was kind of unexpected and sad.
There are superstar players, and then there are players that are lunch pail players that don’t light up the scoresheet, but they come to work everyday and do their best and sometimes win Championships.
Hjalmarsson was a player that blocked what seemed like every shot in the playoffs and always was matched up against the hardest offensive line which makes you always want to tip your cap to #4.
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On Wednesday Hjalmarsson said goodbye to the city of Chicago which is what a true fan favorite almost always does.
Hjalmarsson will be missed for sure next year, and poor Connor Murphy will be constantly compared to Hjalmarsson all next season. It will be even worse for Murphy when he does make mistakes that end up in the back of the net.
Thanks for all you did #4 for helping the Hawks win 3 Stanley Cups in 6 seasons and having Gary Bettman say that we have a dynasty Chicago.
Here are some morning links to start your Thursday.
Looks like the dust has settled for now in Chicago (Hockey Buzz)
Blackhawk Up writer Aaron Goldschmidt was on this week’s podcast (Puckin Hostile)
We know who will coach Team Canada for the Olympics, but who will be the players (Puck Daddy)