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GM Stan Bowman's gamble on Connor Murphy huge for Blackhawks' future

GM Stan Bowman's gamble on Connor Murphy huge for Blackhawks' future

While you were digesting the likely end of Marian Hossa's career and dusting off your old Brandon Saad sweater in your basement, you might not have noticed Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman completely remade the team's defense this week.

For as big a loss as Hossa is, and for as gifted an all-around player as Saad is, the moves Bowman made this week along the blue line might have the most significance next season — and beyond.

On Wednesday, the Hawks said goodbye to Trevor van Riemsdyk in the expansion draft. Although fans on social media liked to pile on van Riemsdyk at his every mistake, the young defenseman had earned coach Joel Quenneville's trust. He was valued so...

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