The Chicago Blackhawks have now gone 3-11-2 after firing former head coach Joel Quenneville, and have ultimately took a swan dive into the last position in the league. With no momentum swinging their way, they only have one goal at this point: dissolve.
This is a disaster piece. After a summer of saying this team wouldn’t lower their standards and they would find ways to reinvent a winning atmosphere, the Chicago Blackhawks have somehow managed to create one of the most unpleasant seasons fans could ever expect in this era of Chicago hockey.
Let’s face it, this team is bad. Plain and simple.
The Blackhawks are currently 9-16-5, with a league worst -31 goal differential. To drive the point even further, the team has dropped 18 of their previous 21 games, losing seven straight in regulation for the first time since 2006.
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To say it’s a dead season wouldn’t be too forward, but let’s take a look at the bigger picture; winning is pointless now. Yes, keeping the team on their feet and having them focused on the game in front of them is important.
Keeping focus on maintaining morale somewhat tolerable is important because this team can turn their hopes around for the coming year. However, making this season seem like the franchise is dead cannot be the ideology here.
With new head coach Jeremy Colliton, it’s hard to find motivation and drive forward. Under Colliton, the ‘Hawks have gone 3-10-2, which is a huge let-down after Q was 6-6-3 before he got the boot.
However when this team finishes the season, they must be in it together to fall back on the hopes of next year.
Before players reach the idea of waiving their no-trade clause, which we all hope won’t happen, they must turn to the idea of getting better through tough times. Think about it, how much worse can it get?
The best idea in mind is to tank the season, which may seem unfair to fans right now, but look at how many other teams have done it in the past. The Toronto Maple Leafs, for example, have had their fair share of tanking and look where they’re at now.
They’re a top contender for the Stanley Cup and they’re the second best team in the Atlantic division. Now, tanking isn’t a solution to all of their problems, it’s how the front office acts on that situation. That, however, is a true testament on the team’s future.
Stan Bowman and John McDonough have met their end, there’s no doubt. This team needs a full reboot of management and reinvention of those positions. This team needs a new identity, behind the scenes and on the blue-line.
I’m not saying there’s no future under Colliton, or that this team needs to be relocated in any fashion. There’s hope for the future, but it starts with every square inch of this team. Keep the kids in the AHL where they can develop and keep high hopes, get the core fired up and ready to move on from devastation, and find a way to keep their heads above these rising waters, which are nearing the ceiling.
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If the Chicago Blackhawks want a future that seems tolerable, they need a fresh start. They’re ice cubes in warm water, and the process has to have trust. but there’s no way to survive thinking they can go on without changes inside and outside of this franchise.