3. The Last Chance To See The Stars
The last reason to keep watching is a little unfortunate. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have been the Blackhawks stars for a long time. But with this season not going according to plan and the pair’s contracts being up at the end of next season the future of them with the organization definitely has to be in question.
The Blackhawks have celebrated players like Andrew Shaw with legacy nights, and there even was a Niklas Hjalmarsson sighting at a game earlier this year. The championship group in Chicago is all but gone except for Toews and Kane. If the pair only have another season or two with the team it definitely will be important for fans to watch.
Toews and Kane have not had the success Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have had at keeping their team contending through the end of their careers. That definitely is not on their shoulders alone as the general manager and coaching staff are the ones pulling a lot of the strings. I hope that Toews and Kane get one more chance at a championship, either with the Hawks or on another team after a trade to put them in a position to win.
There definitely are a lot of reasons to keep watching the Blackhawks besides these three things. The team has actually looked competitive the last week and found themselves on a bit of a winning streak before a shootout loss to the Kraken. Hopefully, the wins keep coming for the Hawks!
The Blackhawks’ next game is on Friday, January 21st against Minnesota.