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Can Hawks get better with age on defense?

Forget the loss of Tony Amonte, it's the addition of years on defense that is the Hawks' problem.

Updated: July 31, 2002, 10:45 AM ET
By Lindsay Berra | ESPN The Magazine

Last season, the Chicago Blackhawks finished tied for eighth overall in the league and made the playoffs for the first time since 1997. Brian Sutter brought on this revolution with virtually the same players -- with the exception of free-agent defensemen Phil Housley and Jon Klemm -- that had finished 22nd the year before. The feat earned him a nomination for the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year.

2001-02 by the numbers

Record: 41-27-13-1, 96 points (T8th ...

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