The Chicago Blackhawks season is done, and now it is time to focus on the 2021-22 season.
I cannot believe the Blackhawks’ next game will be for the 2021-22 season. This year just flew by, of course, the fact that the ‘Hawks were playing back-to-backs and had three games in four days more times than not this season might have played a part, but the 56 games really flew.
The next time the Blackhawks take the ice everyone will have had an off-season to improve. The team will be a year older and they will be ready to go. Hopefully, the young guys take a step in the right direction, at least the ones that are still there by the time next season rolls around.
Every summer brings about some change for the Hawks. I do not think they have ever brought back the exact same identical group. Different players are going to step away and some are going to be outworked during training camp. Some just might not get a contract again.
Here are the important dates to remember this summer that the NHL announced before the season began:
July 17 – Deadline for Protection Lists for Expansion Draft
July 21 – Expansion Draft for Seattle Kraken
July 23 – NHL Draft – Day 1 (Round 1)
July 24 – NHL Draft – Day 2 (Rounds 2-7)
July 28 – Free Agency Begins
Obviously, these dates are pretty far away, and considering the fact that the regular season was scheduled to end May 8th but is currently planned to go another week, some of these days might change.
Let’s talk about some of the Blackhawks that might not be back next season.