The storied Chicago Blackhawks were a team right in the Wild Card Playoff hunt just a week ago but have been skidding as of late. Now 8 points out of a wild card spot and dead last in the Central League, it maybe time to consider making changes, but asking where to start is the biggest question Blackhawk fans are pondering.
Chicago has the worst PP in the league, allow the most shots per game, and have the worst goalie save percentage in the NHL (Crawford .912 and Lehner .918). Things continue to spiral in Chicago after last nights heartless performance at home against the Rangers in the Artemi Panarin revenge game. The ‘Hawks kept it close for the first two periods before crumbling in the 3rd period and allowing 5 goals. It looked like the young Chicago team had quit on their 2nd year head coach Jeremy Colliton and GM Stan Bowman.
With all the moves other Central League franchises have made in recent time like Nashville firing Peter Laviolette, Minnesota firing Bruce Boudreau this past week and hiring new GM Bill Guerin in the 2019 summer, and even Dallas made a move by parting ways with Jim Montgomery due to personal issues, it seems like Chicago needs to cut some of their losses before it gets too late.
Jeremy Colliton has had a hard job in his first two years in Chicago. He inherited a squad that had immense success in the years before he arrived, and that success and talent was bound to dwindle or go else where like all dynasty’s eventually do. However, Stan Bowman has been a liability in the front office, and this thought it being shouted to the roof tops and the high heavens in the Windy City. The last 4-5 years have been riddled with questionable draft picks and/or a lack of developmental ability within the organization to turn these picks into NHL players. This was paired with a lack of free agency moves to keep players like Artemi Panarin or bring in other capable players to complement Toews and Kane who both continue to shine even though the team has gotten dimmer year after year. It’s time for Chicago to cut the lights on Stan Bowman and get the MadHouse on Madison rockin’ the way it’s supposed to.