I used to watch hockey when I was way younger. Like when Chelios played for the Blackhawks. For whatever reason, I totally stopped paying attention to it in the mid 90s or so...but for some reason I want to start watching again. Maybe to give myself other sports to watch outside of the NFL.
So what do I need to know about this franchise? I saw the Fleury signing. The consensus seems to be that this improves the roster enough to be semi competitive, but not good enough to make a run at the Stanley Cup.
Please help educate this hockey noob who for whatever reason stopped paying attention for like 20+ years.
Hagel is the most promising young player on the team, even though his ceiling is not "superstar." He was just signed to an awesome contract at 3 years, 1.5 per -- solid signing by Stan, I'll admit.
Dach needs to improve this year. His ceiling is superstar.
Lankinen needs to build off a decent year last year.
Toews is a gigantic question mark, hopefully he returns.
Johnson, Jones, McCabe, and Fleury are the biggest additions to the team.
Keith was traded. Seabs and Shaw retired.
This team should be better than last year, but they are not Cup contenders. They're a playoff team at best, and even that isn't a given considering they have coaches like Colliton and Brookbank.
That's just off the top of my head.