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2005-06 Finish: 26-43-13, 14th West
General Manager: Dale Tallon (2nd Season)
Head Coach: Trent Yawney (2nd Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 211
2005-06 Goals Against: 285
2005-06 Power Play: 12.2% (30th)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 83.9% (9th)
Points Leader: Kyle Calder (59)
Goals Leader: Kyle Calder (26)
Assists Leader: Kyle Calder (33)

Offseason Moves: Acquired a 2008 sixth-round pick from the Florida Panthers for goaltender Craig Anderson; signed goaltender Patrick Lalime, who had been with the St. Louis Blues, to a one-year contract; signed center Denis Arkhipov, who had been in Russia, to a one-year contract; acquired defenseman Tom Preissing and center Josh Hennessy from the San Jose Sharks for center Mark Bell; acquired right wing Martin Havlat and center Bryan Smolinski from the Ottawa Senators for defensemen Tom Pressing and Michal Barinka, center Josh Hennessy and a 2008 second-round pick; signed right wing Tony Salmelainen, who had been in Finland, to a two-year contract; signed defenseman David Koci, who had been with the Pittsburgh Penguins, to a one-year contract; signed right wing Reed Low, who had been with the St. Louis Blues, to a one-year contract; signed center Craig MacDonald, who had been with the Calgary Flames, to a one-year contract; acquired centre Michal Handzus from the Philadelphia Flyers for centre Kyle Calder; signed goaltender Sebastien Caron, who had been with the Pittsburgh Penguins, to a one-year contract.

Goaltending: Nikolai Khabibulin did not live up to his billing as the most coveted free agent netminder in the 2005 free agent market, putting up a 17-26-6 record and .886 save percentage in the first year of his four-year, $27 million contract. The Blackhawks obviously need the former Stanley Cup Champion to be at the top of his game for the team to succeed. Patrick Lalime's regular season struggles with the St. Louis Blues didn't do much for his confidence after shaky playoff runs with the Ottawa Senators, and to make matters worse he'll be out two to three months recovering from back surgery. Sebastien Caron and Adam Munro will battle for the backup spot.

Defence: Adrian Aucoin is another player who has a lot to prove after signing a big four-year deal with the team last summer. Groin and shoulder injuries limited the veteran to just 33 games last season. Jassen Cullimore is a giant a 6-5 and almost 250 pounds, and should be effective provided that he uses his size to his advantage. The rest of the corps certainly has a lot of upside. Jim Vandermeer in only 26 years old and is a tough defender to match up against physically. Defenceman Duncan Keith is a sound youngster who has the potential to put up great offensive numbers, while Brent Seabrook had a great rookie campaign in Chicago with 32 points in 69 games and +5 rating.

Forwards: The Blackhawks' offence was anemic last season, with just 211 goals and the league's worst power play. But a lot could change with the arrival of Martin Havlat. The former Ottawa Senator wanted to be paid like a top-line skater, and GM Dale Tallon obliged with a lucrative three-year, $18 million contract. Adding more pressure on Havlat to put up points is the fact that last season's top-liners in Chicago, point-leader Kyle Calder and Mark Bell, were shipped out in separate trades. But that's not saying Havlat won't have a solid supporting cast. Rene Bourque had a great rookie campaign last year, while Tuomo Ruutu missed most of last season with injuries and could light it up with a full season. The Blackhawks also added solid two-way players in Bryan Smolinski and Michal Handzus, and a serviceable centre in Denis Arkhipov.

Welcome to the NHL: There is plenty of room in the Windy City for new faces, and Cam Barker has the best shot at making the big club. He has a hard, accurate shot from the point and could make an immediate impact as a power play specialist. His playing days in junior are over, and Barker is ready for the next level after showing tremendous poise and physical aggression.
 

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I just want to say that its great to see chicago having a great start for this very young season after years of subpar seasons. lets hope that things will now look up for this great original 6 franhise now.:thumbsup:
 

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I think, that this season was lost after the X-mas, we are not avilable to score goals and with quite weak and young defensive we are harmless. :dunno: I do not know, what Tallon do...sorry, I do not know, why Tallon do not do any trade!
 
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