Blackhawks potential dynasty faces many new obstacles



With the Chicago Blackhawks coming off their second Stanley Cup in four years, the question is already being posed: can the Blackhawks become a dynasty?

Probably not.

I don’t want to say no, but it’s not likely. The NHL is weird when compared to the NBA when it comes to playoff upsets. It’s fair to compare hockey to the NBA when it comes to postseason format. It’s unfair to compare the Stanley Cup playoffs to the NFL postseason or any other. Yet you often have the Stanley Cup playoffs resembling March Madness in college basketball, much higher seeds go down all the time.

That almost never happens in the NBA. These perilous, anything can happen waters is what the Blackhawks must wade through.

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NHL on NBC analyst Pierre McGuire:

“you’ve got to win 16 games and that just beats your team up unbelievably. You’ve got roster flexibility and fluid rosters because of the salary cap. You’ve got players moving all the time now, not nearly as much consistency. And the ultimate thing is we haven’t had NHL expansion in almost 12 or 14 years now and because of that the talent bucket is full around the National Hockey League and that makes it unbelievably difficult for everybody to repeat.”

And this is why Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has been deemed Supreme Genius Overlord of The Universe; who’s actions are never to be questioned at all. Because of the roster moves he’s made to keep the Blackhawks core in tact through one rebuild, and a second Cup. Their top Defencemen pairing (Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook) and their two marquee name forwards (Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews) were the nucleus of both the 2010 and 2013 Blackhawks championship teams.


Former Blackhawks star, and current Blackhawks television analyst Eddie Olczyk on the obstacles for repeating/building a dynasty:

“the Blackhawks are the only team that have that opportunity to repeat, first time since the late 90s. Not a lot of change-over which I think is a real positive. But the Olympic aspect, how does that impact their run, their chemistry that they’ve built up going into the Olympics and then coming out of the Olympics?

They could have 14 of their players in Sochi. And then having to come back and three days later you’re playing the New York Rangers on a Thursday night. And then two nights later you’re playing a game against one of the best teams in the league, the Pittsburgh Penguins, who will have plenty of people at the Olympics as well. When you throw in the Olympic break and the Olympics themselves it’s going to be very taxing. And I think we saw how coaches handled the shortened season last year with a lot of games in a short period of time and managing days off.”

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan and 1620 The Zone, he also writes for Chicago Now. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and Facebook

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  1. The Hawks organization is one of the best in sports right now. They went from being declared the worst organization in all of sports by ESPN in 2006 to the model franchise of the NHL. They have an excellent marketing department–everything from the “One Goal” slogan to “17 Seconds of Glory” t-shirts to the LED wrist bands that transformed the UA for the banner ceremony. They treat their players and their fans well. No one wanted to see the team dismantled in 2011. No one wanted to see Bolland and Frolik traded this year; it is an unfortunate necessity of the salary cap era. The Hawks don’t make the rules, they adjust to them in order to consistently field a winning team. To not do so is to become the Carolina Hurricanes–Cup winners to not making the playoffs the following year.

    Mr. Banks, your criticisms over the years seems to be driven by bias, for whatever reason. Susannah Collins was fired by Comcast for previous work of questionable taste that went viral and embarrassed both the network and the Hawks. It was not for a single on-air flub. Kane was told by senior management to clean up his act in 2012 and he did. To deal with superstardom is difficult to deal with it at any age. To deal with it before you can legally drink a beer must be very difficult. The Hawks recognized this, but they also told him to change his beahvior. No double standards here. And he did indeed clean up his act for 2013. The ancillary benefit for his off-ice good behavior was his best performance on the ice to date. I expect he will continue to stay clean. The Hawks are not “hypocrites” for using Ice Girls. They are the functional equivalent of cheerleaders, nearly all teams in all sports use them in some form. Sex is used to sell most products. Nothing new here. Hockey is a business.

    It would be nice to see some level of journalistic integrity rather than sarcasm and name-calling . . .

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