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Can the Blackhawks repeat as Stanley Cup champions?
Tue, August 3, 2010

By STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

Antti Niemi won the Stanley Cup and all it cost him was his job.

That is the harsh and impersonal reality when sports and economics clash, when teams have to dance around both salary caps and budgets, when circumstances of contractual obligations clash with the emotions of a championship victory.

As a goaltender who almost came from nowhere, Niemi played a huge role in the Blackhkawks historical Stanley Cup victory. He was the blank face in the dressing room, forever calm no matter the circumstances. He played by the rules. He took the Blackhawks to arbitration and ostensibly he won, being awarded $2.75 million US on a one-year arrangement.

He won -- and because of it he lost.

Do you think the Blackhawks can repeat as Stanley Cup champions after losing another piece of their championship? Have your say in our forum.

Stanley Cup costs Niemi his job



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The main thing is that they won the Cup after nearly 50 years. I'd sure take that as a Maple Leafs fan, even if you have to dump many of your secondary players the next year and have little hope to win for the next few years.
gordholio, 2010-08-22 03:59:32

I doubt that Chicago will win this year, but you never know. Stranger things have happened.

Chicago managed to keep all of their top players, so they'll still be a good team.
gordholio, 2010-08-22 03:57:15

The Cap system comes with good and bad. The good is the parity between the big and small markets. The bad is that teams like Chicago and Detroit are punished for being too successful.

It's the reality of the "new NHL".
Ron, 2010-08-12 00:20:38

I remember a team won the cup two times...I have a good memory of that happening before because I am smart like that
Gary O., 2010-08-09 20:45:13

Gordie, without the cap a lot of franchises would simply have to fold because that's the ONLY thing at least keeping them on a competitive level with the major centres.

Would it bother me to see the Florida franchises fold, along with Nashville, Phoenix and Atlanta. No, not at all.

But it's a simple fact that, outside of Toronto, no Canadian franchise (not even Montreal) could keep pace with the orgy of spending by the likes of the Rangers, Leafs, and a couple of others. What you'd wind up with is a hockey version of MLB where a team like the Yankees spend more on their 10-man pitching staff than 7 franchises do on their entire rosters!

Does spending like a drunken sailor automatically guarantee a winner? Of course not. But it would certainly give the big spenders the upper hand in remaining at or very near the top every year (e.g, the Red Sox and Yankees), while 80% of the rest of MLB starts out each season with NO chance at all. Every year.


Gary O., 2010-08-05 15:33:08

I'm not a Hawks fan but I have to admire what their management did for their fans.

Chicago spent a lot of money to win, sure but they also made some good draft choices to get them there too.

Like the arbitrator ruled for Niemi all the player's stock goes up with a cup making a repeat for any club almost impossible.

The Rangers have spent millions over the years too but have one cup to show for it.

If Talon/Bowman were smart enough to hit the mix I don't feel they should be punished along with their fans because of "Play Fair Gary's" salary cap.

What's next Gary, no keeping score?

It takes more than money to win (ask the Coyotes) and I don't feel the cap will ever make up for bone head management.

(ie: 10 mil for Mats Sundin??)

Good management should be rewarded not penalized.

Just my opinion.
Gordie, 2010-08-05 10:37:12

These comments are laughable - do you not think that the Hawks wanted to keep Niemi? Of course they did. This is the salary cap era and decisions have to be made. Anyone that follows the Hawks knows that though they have lost nine players, they still have a solid 2 and a half lines, 2 of the best D pairings in the league, and a lot of young talent coming out of Norfolk.
Big Bubs, 2010-08-03 20:26:11

I'm a die hard Hawks fan and find it sad and unfortunate Niemi had to go.This is the reality and result of the salary cup and to prevent dynasty's like the Oilers in the past.It will be almost impossible to repeat as Stanley winners for the Hawks ,but they're doing their damndest to try.
Murray, 2010-08-03 18:08:45

One person should get the credit for building the Chicago Black Hawks Stanley Cup Winning team - Dale Talon.

One person should get all the credit for the Chicago Black Hawks Stanley Cup winning team being dismantled - Dale Talon.

He assembled this team and they won the Cup. He also spent wildly to put this team together knowing they had one shot and then would be dismantled.

If you want to chuck crap at someone, he's a pretty good target.

The Fans are the losers in all of this. All of the players sent packing have signed for more money with other teams. Don't cry for them. Cry for the fans that now lose out on watching this team defend it's title properly.
Cappthook, 2010-08-03 15:30:58

No a cat in hells chance
John, 2010-08-03 13:35:26

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