I think putting that kind of pressure on a young, developing team heading into their first full season is asking for disappointment. I hope they make the playoffs everything else would be just a big + like this season.
Keep in mind the Hawks have to shed a lot of salary again, just like they did in 2010.
Looking at Capgeek they are are nowhere near the trouble they were in after 2010. They probably will have a problem signing Bickel. They may have loose somebody like Bolland. But they have plenty waiting to replace them down in Rockford.