With the Hawks facing salary cap issues for 2010-11, defenseman Duncan Keith said losing some members of the team that won Chicago's first Stanley Cup since 1961 was inevitable.
"I've kind of heard about it. To be honest with you, it kind of saddens me," he said after winning the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas. "It really does sadden me. Those are my good buddies leaving our team. Benny and Buff, I was with Buff since he was drafted.
"You know things are going to change when you win the Cup the way our Cap situation was, and things have to be made. It's too bad it had to be like this, but at the same time we've got to start looking forward. When these things do happen, I'm sure there might be some more, and it's not going to be fun. We're just going to have to keep moving forward, and a lot of times that's part of the business. It's hockey. Teams change every year and you lose friends, you lose teammates. You stay in touch, but it's not really the same as playing with them."
Reasoner, a 33-year-old who's played 11 NHL seasons, had 4 goals and 13 assists in 80 regular-season games. Crabb had 4 goals and 5 assists in his 29 games. Morin was taken in the second round (No. 45) by the Thrashers last year. He had 47 goals and 36 assists for Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League in 2009-10, and also scored 2 goals and 5 assists for Team USA’s gold medal-winning squad at the World Junior Championship.
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