Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Eliminated From Playoff Contention

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 11: (L-R) Erik Gustafsson
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 11: (L-R) Erik Gustafsson /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The term eliminated from playoff contention was finalized last night after another Chicago Blackhawks loss this time by the hands of the Colorado Avalanche. 

What a great run it was for the last decade!  The last time the term eliminated from playoff contention was used both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were teenagers, as they approach thirty it’s been a pretty good run with 3 Stanley Cups included.

I never thought we would be saying this about the Chicago Blackhawks this season though after being the #1 seed in the Western Conference last season, and winning 10-1 and 5-1 in their first two games of the season this year.

Of course you can blame the whole season on the Corey Crawford injury or whatever rumor about him you want to use.  Crawford was having a Vezina Trophy worthy season before he left the ice due to injury.  Another thing I didn’t totally realize is how many holes and blemishes Crawford really does cover up on a nightly basis.

You can also chalk this season up to the Blackhawks core not playing up to their skill level, contract amounts, and reputations.  Both Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook looked to have lost more than just a step, and Jonathan Toews is nowhere near the player he was when he signed that huge contract a few years back.  If the reload for the Chicago Blackhawks is going to be quick, they need their stars to get back to playing like we know they should.

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Eliminated from playoff contention is a tough pill to swallow, and there are 30 other teams in the NHL with smiles on their faces today knowing the Hawks have fallen. The question is how fast will they be able to get up?

Here are some morning links to start your Hump Day! 

What did Joel Quenneville have to say after the Hawks loss on Tuesday night (Blackhawks)

The Chicago Blackhawks will miss the playoffs for the first time in 9 years (USA)

It was a long day for the Chicago Blackhawks prospect to get from Rockford to Chicago (Daily Herald)

What a difference a year or two can make (CSN)

Did the knew Seattle teams nickname get leaked on accident (Bleacher Report)

Things that are easily forgotten about the St. Louis Blues (Bleedin Blue)

The Dallas Stars could be a very dangerous team in the playoffs, if they make it (Blackout Dallas)

The Winnipeg Jets think their star Patrik Laine will be fine after blocking a shot (TSN)

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Bobby Orr‘s influence is still felt around the NHL (Puck Prose)