The Chicago Blackhawks were eliminated for the second straight year in the first round of the playoffs this past season.
The frustrating part about it, the Hawks won the Stanley Cup in 2015, why the sudden fall in playoff success?
Hawks general manager Stan Bowman decided enough was enough and went for a full facelift of his team changing some players and some of the coaching staff.
NHL.com recently decided to take a look at three key questions facing the Hawks this year.
1) Did they make too many changes?
Key additions include Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp and Connor Murphy. Key subtractions include Niklas Hjalmarsson, Artemi Panarin and unfortunately Marian Hossa due to injury.
The team fired assistant coach Mike Kitchen and their AHL coach Ted Dent. They brought in Ulf Samuelsson and Don Granato as assistants and named Jeremy Colliton AHL coach.
Too much action? Can the new coaching staff and new players gel immediately?
2) Will Jonathan Toews return to peak form?
Toews hasn't hit the 60 point mark in the last two seasons, but that all could change with the return of Saad.
Can a Saad-Toews-Panik line find offensive success?
3) How do they offset the loss of Marian Hossa?
While Hossa's offensive production might be on the decline, he still played a key role for the team last year even while spending most of his time on the third line.
Can Nick Schmaltz be the guy to make everybody forget about Hossa?
Do you think any of these situations will hurt the Hawks this season or has Bowman set them up for success?