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Savard, Kids Leading Re-Birth In Chicago

by Dan Rosen / Chicago Blackhawks
Denis Savard has lived through the lean years.

The Chicago Blackhawks' Hall of Famer, now head coach, has been there to witness his franchise, one of the NHL’s Original Six, fall off the proverbial radar in the Windy City, and really the hockey playing world.

So, how does an organization go about picking itself up off the mat?

Fill up on youthful, exuberant, fresh-faced and supremely talented teenagers, that’s how.

The Blackhawks are only 5-6 this season and have lost three straight heading into Wednesday’s game at Dallas, but there is a palpable hockey buzz in Chicago again because of two players.

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have been the toast of the NHL this season.

“The feeling we’re getting in Chicago is they’re seeing young kids that are going to be fun to watch for a long time,” Savard, an assistant with the Blackhawks for 10 seasons before becoming head coach, said Monday.

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