Outside of signing Sheldon Brookbank, the Chicago Blackhawks have managed to do absolutely nothing to bolster their roster this summer. Outside of those Roberto Luongo rumors and that brief interest in Martin Brodeur, there hasn’t even been the slightest indication that they plan to do so.
Yet, the Blackhawks have managed to improve, even as they sit on their hands, as the teams around them lose big pieces from their respective rosters. For the Hawks, addition by subtraction seems to be working this summer.
The Detroit Red Wings not only lost their captain in Nicklas Lidstrom, but lost their no. 1 defenseman when he decided to call it quites. And after missing out on Ryan Suter, their blue line is a mess. For an already aging team, they could be in some trouble.
In even bigger trouble are the Nashville Predators, who already lost Suter to the Minnesota Wild and now appear in very serious danger of losing Shea Weber as well. That’s the best defensive pairing in the league, or at least half of it if Weber stays, out of the Central Division.
Even the irrelevant Columbus Blue Jackets are looking to ship out their only star in Rick Nash. If Scott Howson decides to lower his sky high asking price, that’s yet another premier player out of the Hawks’ division.
Already this summer, the Blackhawks have watched top tier talent leave their division and none return. That certainly bodes well for the regular season, but doesn’t mean the playoffs will be any easier. There’s a reason this team only made it six games into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.