Under the guidance of Bill Wirtz, the Blackhawks have made the playoffs just once in the past six years.
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Chicago GM Bob Pulford still believes the Blackhawks can compete for the eighth and last playoff spot.
The Stars need a smart, responsible presence on the blue line to slow the bleeding that has caused them to struggle.
Lou Lamoriello prefers to focus on the Devils' defense of the Stanley Cup instead of building the U.S. World Cup team.
Marian Gaborik has his contract and the Minnesota Wild finally have their superstar back.
Injuries and an inexperienced lineup have combined to make Chicago possibly the worst team in the league.
Minnesota can't believe it will improve upon last season until restricted free agent Marian Gaborik returns.
Under general manager Mike Smith, the Blackhawks have restocked their system with better prospects since 2000.
Adding Tuomo Ruutu makes the Blackhawks better, but the team is still far away from becoming a contender.