There will be a lot of parts moving this summer for the Blackhawks, and that may include coaching and front office changes as well. But as far as the roster, the team is only likely to be making minor changes with the possibility of a decent trade like Anisimov being shipped away.
The challenge for Stan Bowman, or whoever will be the Blackhawks General Manager, is re-tooling a team that is set to finish well in the bottom half of the league. Yes, across the board players on the 2017-18 roster are having career worst years, but finding the complimentary pieces to turn things around is the major task at hand.
There really is no perfect answer for where the ‘Hawks will be, but you can be sure there will at least be some changes. The current roster is not a player or two away from being a contender. They are several players away, either in players that need to be brought in or in young players that need to develop into stars on their own.
With so much money tied up in a few players, the cap is limited still. If the Blackhawks are going to turn things around in 2018-19, the stars on this team will need to be on the scoring sheet and keeping opponents off it so much more. That is both a critique on the stars themselves and on the players supporting them throughout the roster.
There are still questions on what moves the Blackhawks make before the trade deadline, where the team will pick in the draft, and what kind of money certain free agents will demand, but what we do know is the Blackhawks having another year like 2017-18 will be seen as unacceptable. Changes are coming this summer, and if improvement isn’t made after that, even bigger moves will follow.