Buccigross: Blues, Blackhawks and more Podes than you can handle

Updated: October 23, 2007, 3:06 PM ET
By John Buccigross | ESPN.com

The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues are two NHL franchises attempting to make that long, purposeful climb out of the NHL gutter.

The Hawks have missed the playoffs in seven of the past eight seasons and last won a postseason series in the spring of 1996. The Hawks have WWW on the front of their uniforms this season. That is not the start of a Web site address, it is for the late owner William W. Wirtz, who died before the season began.

Wirtz was a compelling individual with ...

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