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Chicago Blackhawks Off-Season 2017

Mark Milik, Staff Reporter

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After the Chicago Blackhawks’ disappointing Stanley Cup run last season, this summer focused mostly on change. The Nashville Predators swept the Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs last year, and the general manager, Stan Bowman, was very unhappy. It was clear that big changes were to come for the Blackhawks. Many changes made was to their roster. First, they traded a three-time Stanley Cup champion, Nicklas Hjalmarsson, to the Arizona Coyotes in return for Connor Murphy. The second big change they made was trading their best left-winger and one of the best players of last year, Artemi Panarin, to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The final and most shocking trade was Scott Darling. Darling was the backup goalie who came in and played great when Corey Crawford was hurt. They traded Darling to the Carolina Hurricanes.  This was a huge trade and might even be the one to hurt the Blackhawks this year. In the end, this summer for the Blackhawks was busy and interesting, to say the least. They are definitely trying to rebound from last year’s shocking loss in the first round. Hopefully, they are going to have a great chance at another Cup this year. Their first season game is Thursday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the United Center.

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