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One season removed from their second Stanley Cup Championship in five years, the Blackhawks are still one of the best teams in all of hockey. The Hawks made one notable move on the first day of unrestricted free agency, inking center Brad Richards for a one year deal at $2 million. The Hawks may have finally acquired a solid second line center in Richards, who was bought out by the Rangers, three years into his massive nine-year deal. Despite a solid performance in the 2014 Rangers Cup Final run, he had relatively disappointing point totals during the regular seasons in New York. Chicago would be ecstatic if Richards can regain the 90 point form he had playing for the Dallas Stars, but he is more likely to chip in with around 60 points with Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane on his wings. Young star Teuvo Teravainen may have to continue waiting for his chance to showcase his elite skillset in a top-six role with the team, as general manager Stan Bowman further improves on a potent offensive core. With the re-signing of Kane and Toews to decade-long contracts, and the deep defensive group led by Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook behind them, the Hawks will continue to be a Cup contender for years to come.

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