Blackhawks: 10 questions on our mind heading into the new season

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10 – Is losing part of the plan?

With the core group the Blackhawks have, you would think intentionally losing would not be acceptable. However, with injuries to Toews and Dach, Chicago now finds themselves in a position to lose a lot of games. While I will be rooting for them to win this season as tanking rarely works, I do wonder if, behind closed doors, Bowman was open to the idea of tanking.

The reasons the Blackhawks got rid of goalie Corey Crawford were weak excuses, especially if it just came down to an extra year on his contract. Intentionally dropping the one player keeping a team from losing an extra 10 or so games last season gives the impression that losing would be okay from an organization standpoint.

With three goalies basically tossed in an ocean and told to tread water until Drew Commesso can sail in to save the day a few years from now, the idea that losing games might be intentional looks even more likely.

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I think it will be interesting to see what the Blackhawks will do this season. This team is shorthanded and looks set to have a dreadful season, but nothing is written in stone, and we still have to see how things play out.

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