After a couple of first round exits and missing the playoffs completely last year, those Stanley Cups from years before are starting to look really far away. 

The next one might look far away too, especially if Corey Crawford continues to deal with health issues. 

The way the season went last year, sniper Patrick Kane is hoping the team is ready for a big bounce back. 

"The way the season went last year, you know everyone is going to come back with extra motivation," Kane said last weekend during the annual Blackhawks Convention. "The biggest thing right now is getting ready for the season (and) trying to put ourselves in a good position to have a good start."

As the questions rolled on, Kane used the Avalanche as an example of bouncing back. 

"Look at a team like Colorado, they finished in last place (in 2016-17) and then last year they were one of the hottest teams in the League and made the playoffs and had a great season," Kane said. "That can happen with any team. That gives us a little bit of a positive outlook."

We're not sure Colorado is a team that Kane should be comparing the Hawks' too, especially when you compare the two teams contract situations and salary cap. 

It'll be an interesting season for Kane as he had to deal with a revolving door of linemates last year and Coach Q has already thrown around the idea of lining Kane up with Nick Schmaltz and Brandon Saad to start this season. 

Source: NHL.com