Jonathan Toews helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons last month, and despite more roster changes, he's not worried about the Blackhawks continuing their recent success.
"Honestly, I think a lot of people are doubting us now, because we're going to lose some key players, but we keep finding ways to rebound," Toews told the Winnipeg Sun on Thursday.
"Whether it's this year or down the road, we have that culture and we have that identity, that belief in our room. There's no doubt and we're not done yet."
Toews spoke before the Blackhawks traded Patrick Sharp to the Dallas Stars on Friday night.
The Blackhawks earlier this offseason traded Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets and lost forwards Brad Richards (Detroit Red Wings) and Antoine Vermette (Arizona Coyotes) in free agency. Defenseman Michal Rozsival and Johnny Oduya are unrestricted free agents.
Forward Bryan Bickell (a salary-cap charge of $4 million for each of the next two seasons) also is a trade candidate, but perhaps less so now that Sharp is gone. Chicago is in talks with restricted free agent forward Marcus Krueger, and defenseman Brent Seabrook can become a free agent after this season.
The Blackhawks had significant roster turnover after their 2010 championship but won again in 2013 and last season.
"It's crazy, when you think about it. It's definitely not a fluke," Toews said. "We just find ways to get back to the playoffs and we have that belief that we can get ourselves out of tight spots."
Chicago has reached the Western Conference Final in five of the past seven seasons, including each of the past three.
Toews was speaking in his hometown of Winnipeg prior to his day with the Stanley Cup. The 27-year-old was given the Order of Manitoba on Thursday.
He spent part of Friday playing street hockey with kids at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children.
"It's a lot of fun to win. It's been a fun ride, so once you get a taste of success, you want to keep it going and not take it for granted," he said. "That's what we're thinking in Chicago."