The Chicago Blackhawks are not the team they once were, and Blackhawks fans need to accept that while bracing for a new reality of Blackhawks hockey.
The Blackhawks used to be the standard for success in the NHL. Winning three Stanley Cups in six seasons, things were great for the city of Chicago. The Blackhawks had five seasons of at least going to the conference finals, they had a presidents trophy to their name in 2013, and they even were the top team in the west in 2017.
Everything was great for the Blackhawks until it wasn’t. Chicago went from making the playoffs every year to bottom in their division the past three seasons. There is a price to success; I do not think anyone thought we would be paying it this soon.
It is not like there is nothing worth watching anymore when it comes to the Blackhawks. We still do have a roster that can be competitive at times during the regular season, and honestly, our offense can be so fun to watch, especially when you look at who is still in the locker room.
No matter what, as long as we have players like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Duncan Keith on our roster, I am going to be watching the Blackhawks with the past in mind. However, the scary thing is they are not going to be around forever.