Congrats to the Chicago Blackhawks, the model franchise

June 25, 2013, by

Last night the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 to earn their 5th Stanley Cup Championship and 2nd since the ’05 lockout. Not every team that wins a Cup should be a model that other teams should try to emulate, but it’s hard if not impossible to argue against following the Blackhawks blueprint.

They have a fantastic owner in Rocky Wirtz, who has quickly erased the memory of his father who almost ran that organization into the ground. They have one of the best general managers in the game in Stan Bowman. And they have one of the best coaches in Joel Quenneville. Their roster talent, leadership and depth speaks for itself.

Hockey fans around the globe should take note at how they’ve rebuilt this great franchise. It starts through the draft first and foremost. Trades second. And filling holes via free agency last. Ownership also stuck by their coach when many fansĀ wanted to see Joel get fired last season when they hit a snag. At that time, their powerplay was flat, he was constantly tinkering with lines, and he wanted to stick with his systems when the fans were demanding change. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Anyway, congrats to their organization, their team and their fans. It’s always good to see an original six team hoist hardware.

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  1. Walt says:

    The Hawks came out of the box red hot, and played terrific hockey all season long. You are right, build a team through the draft, trade when needed, and then UFA to fill in the holes that may develope.

    The two top d-men are outstanding, very sound goaltending, by both of their goalies, and speedy forwards that play sound two way hockey. I’m glad that the Hawks won, now lets see if that idiot Kane goes and screws a cab driver again!

    One last thing, they didn’t go into the tank for players like Keith, Seabrook, Kane, they played honest. Something that really can’t be said about the Pens when players like Mario, Jagr, Crosby, Malkin were coming up!

    Lets go Rangers.

  2. evan says:

    Helps that they were terrible for so long and they were able to get Toews and Kane in back to back drafts. It is very easy to build a team around two absolute monsters (just ask the penguins who got fleury, malkin, crosby and staal in 4 consecutive drafts). The Rangers have never had the luxury of these picks since the first lockout because Henrik kept the team near 8th spot in the east on his own most years.

    With that said, the blackhawks did have some incredible value picks. Seabrook and Keith were a 16th overall and a mid second round pick, respectively. Bolland was also second round. Sharp and Hossa were obviously great pick ups. Even Rosival, who at the right money, is a good defenseman.

    Hossa unfortunately will be bought out (8 years left on his deal and he turns 35 in january. no way they can keep him). However, with a core of Kane, Toews, Sharp, Seabrook, Keith all signed for 2 years minimum, they could be getting another ring soon.

  3. Sally says:

    After listening to ESPN, you realize that it all starts with the GM.
    Looking at the roster the Blackhawks have 15 players 28 yrs range and 10 players under 23. That is a young team.

  4. The Suit says:

    I was talking about coaching changes in general. It’s odd how many posts you have to make a comment about Torts or about the writers of this blog on articles where the guy isn’t even mentioned. Obsessive much? I think it’s about time we’ve turned the page on you.