It seems simplistic. But it is true that the high-flying success of the 2013 Blackhawks proceeds from deciding, after they won the Stanley Cup in 2010, which players formed their core and keeping the right goalie.

Disassembling the champions was required by mandates of the salary cap, and it demanded consequential judgments.

The Blackhawks excelled at making them.

Combine the key rosters moves of 2010 and 2011 with renewed desire, sparked by the aborted success of 2012 when the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup dreams were eliminated by the reality of brilliant playoff goaltending, and they are off to the most successful start in NHL history, at 17-0-3. They play at the Red Wings at 12:30 Sunday (NBC).

"There was a certain number of people we could keep," said Stan Bowman, the general manager of the Blackhawks. "And you add it up, and those are the guys. The other ones have to go.

"We've gone that route," said Bowman, son of the Blackhawks' senior advisor for hockey operations, Scotty Bowman, the former Stanley Cup winning coach of the Red Wings. "But it just took some time to fill in around them with players that can complement them, and we finally have found the right mixture with the start we've had this year."

There are significant differences between what the Blackhawks did in three years and what the Red Wings are attempting to do, with the loss of Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski and Brad Stuart, in two seasons.

In part, the Wings' last Stanley Cup was five years ago, and their core is older and does not include as many players as the Blackhawks' in 2010.

But the redevelopment of the Red Wings' roster will require the same shrewd judgment and plain good fortune the Blackhawks have used and enjoyed since then.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130301/SPORTS0103/303010329#ixzz2MIeU2KRL