CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane was sporting a shiner over his right eye that spoke volumes for the way this season went for both he and his Chicago Blackhawks teammates
There were tough times and good times for the defending Stanley Cup champions in 2011, but in the end they were left bloodied, bruised and ready to lick their wounds this summer in preparation for next season.
Even Kane, who's normally all about fun, looked and sounded businesslike on Thursday at the United Center as the team went through the process of officially capping this season. The "Playoff Mullet" he's become famous for, after winning the Stanley Cup last season with it, was completely shaved off. Only the business part was left, up front, which is exactly how it is for the Hawks as a team after being eliminated from the playoffs in a gut-wrenching Game 7 overtime loss on Tuesday in Vancouver.