There was thought that after the Chicago Blackhawks parade and victory rally on Friday, that landscape for the Chicago sports scene would be nothing but grim.
No less than two days after their victory parade, the Blackhawks took center stage and proved that the Chicago sports scene was as lively as it ever has been.
Sunday was the NHL Draft.
The Blackhawks did add several promising prospects to the organization on Sunday, however, it was the roster moves that the team made that had fans buzzing.
The Blackhawks completed two trades on Sunday.
The Blackhawks traded Dave Bolland to the Toronto Maple leafs for three draft picks, and then traded Michael Frolik to the Winnipeg Jets shortly thereafter.
Blackhawks’ general manager Stan Bowman wasted no time in beginning his off-season objectives.
However, this off-season will not be like the demolition derby that was the Blackhawks’ off-season in 2010 after the team won the Stanley Cup.
This off-season is a restoration project. A project that enables the Blackhawks to have an opportunity to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
Look no further than the extension that was announced for Bryan Bickell. The trades of Frolik and Bolland is what made it easier for the team to financially justify a four-year extension of Bickell. The security of having Bickell on the team for at least four more seasons is greater than anything Frolik or Bolland could have offered.
The same sentiment will be echoed when the Blackhawks announce the eventual extensions for Nick Leddy and Marcus Kruger.
Folks, the 2013 Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks are not a one and done team. This team has one goal and that goal is to repeat in 2014.