Scouting the Enemy: Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks

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Oct 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) makes a save on a shot from Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

2. The Blackhawks have a roster loaded with talent the past few years; this is evident in their two Stanley Cup trophies in the past five seasons. However, because of cap reasons, the team was forced to deal away significant portions of their roster after 2010 (Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien), and Chicago dealt young defenseman Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders just before the start of this season. With the possibility that the current $69 million salary cap does not go up next season, are there any players in danger of being moved at the deadline? Also, how do the Blackhawks continue to replace those players and remain one of the top teams in the league?

Keith: You could see some minor players get moved, like Jeremy Morin, but this is the last run for these guys like Johnny Oduya.  They have been able to replace them with great drafts like 2011 that had Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw, or with recent call ups such as Adam Clendening and Phillip Danault.  Stan Bowman’s goal is a organization top to bottom full of talent.