0-7-1. That’s the Chicago Blackhawks record in the last eight games played. In case you somehow missed it, the Hawks rid themselves of long-time head coach Joel Quenneville on Tuesday. The move was questionable at best and (clearly) wasn’t the true issue that’s facing the Hawks. The issue clearly stems from the players. Either way, we can hammer home the issues with the Hawks, or we can take a quick trip down memory lane and predict what’s coming.
So, let’s look back. The first two weeks of the Hawks season was incredible, much like their open to the 2017-2018 season. The Hawks began this season 6-2-1 and in third place in the standings. The Hawks fell apart after that. Since then, the Blackhawks have, as mentioned above, skidded to a 0-7-1 record. The firing of Quenneville made it seemingly worse. Jeremy Colliton, who is the heir to the Quenneville throne, inherits a team in immediate need of a rebuild. It sucks to say because it’s not like Colliton is a bad guy and he had a good amount of success in Rockford, but he’s going to be a casualty of this rebuild.
If the Hawks continue on their dismal path, you can expect a couple of things to happen. Stan Bowman will be gone, seeing as how he is the one that screwed the Blackhawks cap. What has really killed them has been Seabrook’s no movement clause. Not only is Seabrook the highest paid defenseman, they can’t cut him or move him without eating the cap anyway. The worst part is, he’s playing about as good as a sixth defenseman, speaking of which. . .
Holy firesale! The Hawks will start getting rid of the bottom half of their roster. Nobody should be safe on the Hawks unless they have the last name Toews, Kane, Crawford or Keith. Saad? Get him out of there. Seabs, fire him. Eat the contract. It doesn’t matter how you get rid of him, just do it. Gustaffson, gone. Trade him for a seventh-round draft pick. He’s about as useless as that anyway. Jan Rutta, gone too. Like I said, firesale. Sell everyone for draft capital and rebuild.
Look, although it’s been two games for Jeremy Colliton, those two games showed me enough to know that the he is not the guy. Imagine you’re a Hawks player and they just fired one of the best coaches in NHL history. Your immediate reaction would probably be anger or sadness, which would make sense. Now, it seems to me that through no fault of his own, Colliton has lost this locker room. It would impossible to say he even had it, but if he did for even a split second, he lost it already. I almost feel bad for him. He never had a chance and they are going to suffer for it. The stars don’t respect him, hell, they probably know better than him. This team is in dysfunction and it’s starting to all come out. Find a coach that’s going to start from scratch, treat these players as players and not super stars.
All in all, it has been a tough season for the Hawks and it’s only going to get tougher. Best of luck to the Hawks the rest of the way, we’ll be watching. . . barely. This week, the Hawks will see the Carolina Hurricanes, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings and the Minnesota Wild. Best of luck boys, I know you’ll need it.