The Cruelest Month: The Chicago Blackhawks’ October Expectations

Posted: 29th September 2009 by Dave Morris in NHL
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The Chicago Blackhawks open the 2009-10 season in Europe. Maybe thatÆs a good thing. Quoted in the Chicago media, Coach Joel Quenneville recalled that starting overseas worked out well for the Stanley Cup Champion Penguins.á ôPittsburgh at the end of the day was the champ," Quenneville said. "So I think itÆs something we should be excited about and look at as a positive experience.ö The team tone accentuates the positive. After a summer where negative publicity came in waves, the focus is on a task much more difficult than last season's. In 08-09, making the playoffs was enough. This year, talk of winning the intensely competitive Central Division and returning to the semifinals, is coupled with legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations. From Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, and thr ...

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