Heading into free agency, general manager Stan Bowman said the Blackhawks had "Plans A, B, C and D" ready for however scenarios played out.
It's time to move a little further down the alphabet. In fact, Bowman already has reached Plan P, which stands for Praise Your Own Players.
The Hawks lost out on the two most coveted free agents available when forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter signed identical 13-year, $98 million deals with the Wild on Wednesday. That came on the heels of goaltender Martin Brodeur, whom the Hawks also targeted, re-signing with the Devils earlier in the week.