Originally Posted by gyldenlove
Look at every other elite team - Detroit and Pittsburgh went to consecutive finals, and Pittsburgh were back in the ECF this year. Boston went to 2 finals in the last 3 years, LA went to the finals last year and this year the WCF. Going twice in 4 years is really nothing special. Add to the players they are losing a pretty pathetic prospect group and Chicago could be back on the outside looking in for another few years which is just not what the elite teams do.
Chicago kept their entire true core intact though. Detroit is not normal. they haven't missed the playoffs in what 19+ years?
Pitt was a fairly young team when they went back to back and had some key moves to shore them up.
Boston and LA barely lost anything from their cup teams and made additions.
Chicago was poorly structured by Tallon in that first run and had to adjust.
Chicago set themselves back for 2 years to set themselves up for even longer.