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Chicago Blackhawks’ Injuries Paving Way for Make-or-Break Offseason

Published by on May 27, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

After a 6-1 drubbing at home in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks made one thing clear: Without winger Martin Havlat and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago is not a championship team.

To add salt in the wounds of 'Hawks fans, both players are hitting the free-agent market when the Blackhawks' season comes to an end.

Although they head into Game Five on the brink of elimination—the league's best story close to its final chapter—Game Four's beatdown provided the best sample case possible for the "what if we let them both go" scenario coming this offseason for general manager Dale Tallon. 

With neither player practicing the day before the fifth game, it l...

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