The Chicago Blackhawks are currently facing elimination in their series against the Nashville Predators down 3-0.
The possible sweep have many questioning if the team's previous deadline deals and big expensive contracts have finally caught up to them.
The win now mentality is how most Stanley Cups are won, dumping young prospects and draft picks for expiring contracts and veteran players. However when you do it year after year, it's bound to catch up to you.
The Hawks have won 67 playoff games and three Stanley Cups since 2010. When the Hawks won the Cup in 2010, star players Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook had a total cap hit of $9.2million. Today, those same five players have a combined cap hit of $37.5million, 51.3% of today's $73million cap.
The Hawks haven't had a first round pick since 2014 and haven't drafted higher than 18th in the first round since 2008.
The team is playing with a blueline that includes four players age 31 and over while Hjalmarsson turns 30 in June.
General manager Stan Bowman found a diamond in the rough with Artemi Panarin, however, there's only so many of those to go around and he'll be up for a new contract after scoring 61 goals in two seasons.
The Hawks had a strong finish to the season, but have gone stale in the playoffs. Age? Depth? Health?
Is it time for some big off season moves?