It’s still VERY early in the summer, but it appears the cost-cutting has ended and we can now take a deep breath and start thinking about the Blackhawks defense of the Stanley Cup.
Here, on July 2, is our projected 2010-11 Blackhawks roster. There are obviously still a few salaries that could change this at the end of the day (see Niemi, Hjalmarsson), but this could be a realistic look at your Blackhawks for Opening Night.
Patrick Kane – Jonathan Toews – Troy Brouwer
Marian Hossa – Dave Bolland – Patrick Sharp
Bryan Bickell – Marty Reasoner – Tomas Kopecky
Kyle Beach – Jake Dowell/Mathis Olimb – Viktor Stalberg
Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell – Niklas Hjalmarsson
John Scott – Ivan Vishnevskiy/Shawn LaLonde
Antti Niemi (Corey Crawford)