With only a handful of games remaining on their schedule and the NHL Playoffs looming in the distance, the Chicago Blackhawks have a chance to rewrite what it means to be a dynasty. Having captured three of the last seven Stanley Cups, many feel the Blackhawks have already achieved the legendary 'dynasty' status, and with the hard salary cap to overcome, who can argue with them?
The Blackhawks' Stan Bowman has fell victim to the constraints of the salary cap on numerous occasions, yet with a core of superstar talent, he's continued to find a way to sustain success in a league mandated by roster depth through savvy trades and unparalleled success in the NHL Draft.
The National Hockey League may be the toughest of all four major sports in which a team can repeat as champions, which is why many argue it’s not necessarily a requirement in order to be considered a dynasty in today’s day-and-age.
By the very definition, a dynasty implies a single leader over the bulk of that period; hence, a sports dynasty, is a team that dominates their sport or league for an extraordinary length of time — the Blackhawks fit the bill. Notice how the definition references the word “team” and not the word “franchise” or “organization”. By utilizing the word “team”, the definition is implying that a sports dynasty is accomplished by an unaltered, common group -- core if you will -- of individuals that make up that given team.
That all being said, if Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Brent Seabrook can secure their fourth cup in the last eight seasons (seven years), the discussion is over.
That's why Chicago is hoping "4 The Dynasty". Of course, if they do win, there's always 'win one for the thumb', but a fourth cup would cement this team’s reign and immortalize its place among not only the NHL elite, but as one of sports most celebrated dynasties.
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