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08:18 AM ET 06.29 | The breakup of the 2010 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks continued over the past week, with Brian Campbell, Troy Brouwer and Tomas Kopecky. Brouwer expressed disappointment Tuesday over the reshaping of the team and said he wasn't the only player to feel that way. "I kind of thought they would make more of an effort to try and keep the team together, but obviously that's not the case," Brouwer [said]. ... "And I've talked to a couple of guys on the Blackhawks currently that are a little frustrated with how everything is going. But that's the direction that the team is going in right now and [general manager Stan Bowman] is going to do what is best for his hockey club."

Chicago Tribune

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June 29, 2011  08:38 AM ET

The downside of a win-now-at-all-cost philosophy. Once you've won, you have to pay the price for the decisions you made. Sometimes for years.

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June 29, 2011  09:17 AM ET

So all of the Hawks overpaid players offered to rework their contracts to keep the team together?

I thought not.

June 29, 2011  09:27 AM ET
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So all of the Hawks overpaid players offered to rework their contracts to keep the team together?I thought not.

They can't.

June 29, 2011  09:27 AM ET

If only they had a good GM to figure this out, instead of the son of a great coach....

June 29, 2011  09:36 AM ET

I am a fan of a different Western conference team and i approve this management style for Chicago

June 29, 2011  09:37 AM ET
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The downside of a win-now-at-all-cost philosophy. Once you've won, you have to pay the price for the decisions you made. Sometimes for years.

Very good point. But nobody ever learns.

June 29, 2011  10:21 AM ET
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I am a fan of a different Western Conference team and I approve this management style for Chicago.

Stanley's channelling his inner Sutter.

June 29, 2011  10:24 AM ET

Getting rid of Campbell and his salary was good. I wonder where Chicago is cap wise? Maybe they're looking to trade for or sign someone?

June 29, 2011  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Getting rid of Campbell and his salary was good. I wonder where Chicago is cap wise? Maybe they're looking to trade for or sign someone?

They ought to be.

June 29, 2011  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

They can't.

And there's the rub.

That they can't is flat out silly.

Troy Aikman used to re-write frequently. Tom Brady as well.

June 29, 2011  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

And there's the rub.That they can't is flat out silly.Troy Aikman used to re-write frequently. Tom Brady as well.

It would create a huge mess if contracts could be reworked Hank. NFL does a lot of things different and I'm glad the NHL doesn't allow reworked contracts. It makes the GM's earn their keep. You sign a player to a **** deal, you're stuck with it. I can't undo my mistakes and if I could, I would be filthy rich and hung like a donkey!

June 29, 2011  11:22 AM ET

Should have kept Brouwer. He is gonna be a big loss.

June 29, 2011  11:23 AM ET

After losing Campbell, they had all the cap space in the world to keep Brouwer, and Kopecky. They could have had space to add someone too.

June 29, 2011  11:25 AM ET
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Getting rid of Campbell and his salary was good. I wonder where Chicago is cap wise? Maybe they're looking to trade for or sign someone?

Need 2-3 forwards and 2 defenseman with $14 million cap space.

June 29, 2011  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

They can't.

apologies -I was thinking of teams getting/giving hometown discounts, but that is on renewals, not on reworks.

June 29, 2011  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

apologies -I was thinking of teams getting/giving hometown discounts, but that is on renewals, not on reworks.

stupid CBA

June 29, 2011  11:32 AM ET
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Need 2-3 forwards and 2 defenseman with $14 million cap space.

Thanks Argos, I knew you would know (in a good way).........lol!

June 29, 2011  11:34 AM ET
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It would create a huge mess if contracts could be reworked Hank. NFL does a lot of things different and I'm glad the NHL doesn't allow reworked contracts. It makes the GM's earn their keep. You sign a player to a **** deal, you're stuck with it. I can't undo my mistakes and if I could, I would be filthy rich and hung like a donkey!

I should care about a huge mess?

I'd rather see players be able to realize they get too much and it's going to hurt the team if they don't take a hit.

 
June 29, 2011  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I should care about a huge mess?I'd rather see players be able to realize they get too much and it's going to hurt the team if they don't take a hit.

I'd like to see them all sent to the minors after a couple of bad games myself.

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