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Chicago Blackhawks’ Stan Bowman Deserves Support During Retooling

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Stan Bowman, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEWARK, NJ – JUNE 30: Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman of the Chicago Blackhawks speaks at the podium during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ – JUNE 30: Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman of the Chicago Blackhawks speaks at the podium during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

After a challenging offseason for Chicago Blackhawks fans, many are starting to question the good general manager Stan Bowman is doing for the franchise. But if you look at the moves he has made and the eye for talent he has, maybe he is actually poising the Blackhawks for another championship run soon.

“Seriously, what the hell is Stan Bowman thinking?”

I have had this question posed to me several times throughout this summer. Many Chicago Blackhawks fans have looked at the 2017 offseason as a disappointment. Losing two premier players in Niklas Hjalmarsson and Artemi Panarin was a big blow to the franchise.

Even with the return of Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp, there are many who still believe general manager Stan Bowman has done a terrible job this offseason and over the last few years.

But in actuality, Bowman has had to make some responsible business decisions in the middle of very difficult circumstances. They may not have been the moves that would make fans happy or the team stronger in the short term, but they are moves that he sees as the steps to bringing another championship to Chicago.

While it may be easy from an outsider’s perspective to say Bowman has not done a decent job of putting the best team on the ice, Bowman may have actually kept the championship window open longer. And with the track record he has and the eye for talent he has shown, it may be worth seeing how his current plan plays out.

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