Denis Savard left.
So did Steve Larmer.
As did Jeremy Roenick, Eddie Belfour, Chris Chelios and Tony Amonte.
Between 1990 and 2005, Blackhawks fans became accustomed to watching their favorite players wearing a different sweater. Future Hall of Famers, All-Stars, and fan favorites left town on a seemingly annual basis.
Role players have come and gone since the “new era” began in Chicago, but Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman confirmed to the Hawks website that the intention of the organization is that the faces of the franchise are here for good.
“Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will be here forever,” Bowman told the Hawks’ site on Friday. “I can’t predict what the salary cap will be in the near future, but I can tell you that Jonathan and Patrick will be on this team. Those two players put the Blackhawks back on the map, they’re up in a couple years, and whatever the numbers are, we’ll figure out the details. The notion that the money we’re spending now will affect our ability to keep Jonathan and Kane…it’s a non-issue. They will be here no matter what.”