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Blackhawks’ stars endorse moves made by GM Stan Bowman


Updated: May 9, 2012 9:38AM

The rest of the Blackhawks’ core joined Patrick Kane in his thumbs-up for all the moves general manager Stan Bowman made this summer, even if it meant seeing more teammates leave.

“It’s always tough when you make changes,” forward Patrick Sharp said. “In the first place, you’re losing some players in [Brian Campbell], [Troy] Brouwer and [Tomas] Kopecky. Those are guys we won a championship with.

“But at the same time, all that you can ask for from the organization is that they [give] you the best chance to win. We addressed some of our weaknesses, and I’m excited.”

Brouwer said after he was traded that some of the Hawks were a “little frustrated” with the changes.

The Hawks acquired and signed defenseman Steve Montador, then signed Jamal Mayers, Daniel Carcillo, Andrew Brunette and Sean O’Donnell when free agency opened.

“I don’t know where that comment came from,” said defenseman Brent Seabrook when asked about Brouwer.

“Last year, we had some tough times against some of the tougher teams around the league. With the moves, we addressed them.”

Center Jonathan Toews likened this offseason to last year.

“It’s the same as last summer,” Toews said. “You have to pay your respects to your teammates that won’t be around. I won’t say I’ll ever get used to the offseasons where you lose a lot of former teammates, but you got to look at the opportunity to play with new players and the new possibilities with these coming into our locker room.”

Spoils to Viktor

Winger Viktor Stalberg said he was happy to work out a two-year deal with the Hawks before his scheduled arbitration hearing Wednesday.

“It was a matter of they were dealing with other free agents for a couple days and we didn’t have time to finalize the deal before I needed to file for arbitration,” he said.

Contributing: Ben Meyer-Abbott

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