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Chicago Blackhawks look to youth to fill holes in post-Stanley Cup roster

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Ben Smith of the Chicago Blackhawks

Winger Ben Smith, who saw one game of Cup final duty, must prove he’s more than a fill-in. (David E. Klutho/SI)

By Allan Muir

For Stan Bowman, celebrating will have to wait.

The general manager of the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks faces a daunting task over the next few days as he tries to put his team in the best possible position to repeat next season.

It’s a different scenario than he faced in 2010, with fewer question marks and fewer cap issues. But the decisions he makes over the next week could mean several new faces in the lineup come October.

There could be a pair of top-six roles up for grabs. The threat of potential cap-recapture penalties has led to speculation that Marian Hossa could be bought out in the next few days. Likely? No, because the decision could be put off until after next season after another title bid…but it’s possible.

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  • Published On Jun 26, 2013
  • Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa out for Game 3 vs. Bruins

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    Marian Hossa

    The Blackhawks will face the Bruins in Game 3 without ailing winger Marian Hossa. (Harry How/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    The Blackhawks will have to steal one on the road without their top offensive player. Marian Hossa is out for Game 3.

    The dazzling winger, Chicago’s most consistent threat throughout the playoffs, took his reps during the pre-game skate, but he was not on the roster just turned in by coach Joel Quenneville. Hossa apparently tweaked something while taking a shot during warmups.

    Ben Smith will skate in his place.

    The Hawks won’t have any information on Hossa’s condition until Joel Quenneville speaks after the game.

  • Published On Jun 17, 2013