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Blackhawks' facelift getting painful

Champs are losing too many pieces from the team that captured the city's heart

Updated: July 13, 2010, 5:41 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

The whimpering has temporarily stopped at my house after the initial Blackhawks' purge.

Frankly, it was becoming unbearable.

Dustin Byfuglien. Kris Versteeg. Andrew Ladd. Brent Sopel. Adam Burish. Ben Eager. Colin Fraser. Soon John Madden.

It got to the point where I was afraid to call home with the latest news, but I knew I had to give my 12-year-old son a heads up. You know, better he hear it from me than on the street.

Of course, I was gentle.

"Steeger," ...

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