Frozen Fantasy: End of an Era
Frozen Fantasy: End of an Era

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The Blackhawks' playoff streak is over. For the first time in 10 years, Chicago will be golfing in April. The Avs eliminated them on Tuesday.

The same night Artemi Panarin notched a hat trick.

Ironic, eh? The Panarin trade was the beginning of the end for the Hawks this season. He leads the Jackets with 69 points. Brandon Saad's 32 are half of what was expected.

Saad didn't help Jonathan Toews like the Hawks thought he would. Patrick Kane isn't scoring like he did last year. Corey Crawford performed miracles, but then he got hurt.

Brent Seabrook has been a healthy scratch. Patrick Sharp, a no-show. Duncan Keith has been playing with a proverbial lead weight around his waist.

Marian Hossa never played at all.

Is it rebuild time after three Cups, two more conference finals and nine-straight years of playoffs? There's hope with Alex DeBrincat and Nick Schmaltz. And they'll get a good pick.

They'll still be hamstrung by two, eight-year, $84 million contracts. Unless they kickstart that reboot by trading Toews to Montreal for Carey Price. Contract for contract, like Shea Weber for P.K. Subban.

It might be the kind of creative thinking that gets both teams restarted. It would scar me to see my Toews in bleu, blanc et rouge. But then again, I do like that jersey…

Now, let's take a look at who caught my eye this week.

Pontus Aberg, LW/RW, Edmonton (1 percent Yahoo! owned) – Yes, Aberg

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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