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Blackhawks: 5 Questions About the Direction of This Team

CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 31: Robin Lehner #40 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save during an NHL game against the Calgary Flames on December 31, 2019 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 31: Robin Lehner #40 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save during an NHL game against the Calgary Flames on December 31, 2019 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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3. Is There Any Quick Fix for the Chicago Blackhawks?

We saw it with the St. Louis Blues last season when they went from one of the worst teams in the league to an actual contender in a matter of months. However, this Chicago Blackhawks team has shown no signs of being that good.

The Blackhawks are not going to make a big trade to get back on track. Rather, I could see us selling at the deadline to stockpile draft picks. Then, the question becomes: can the Blackhawks turn this around with the same group they have in the locker room? Unless Robin Lehner can play all positions at once, I don’t think so.

The Chicago Blackhawks are going to have to commit to a rebuild at some point. That means not making bad trades as we did for Andrew Shaw and committing to our younger players. The Blackhawks are not set up to win now, of course, unless we see a coaching change soon.

Jeremy Colliton has made me question my sanity more than once this season. Whether it was putting DeBrincat on the fourth line, separating DeBrincat and Strome, or playing Nylander on the top line, I have doubted a lot of his moves.

Is it possible that Colliton has lost the locker room? Maybe this team needs a new coach to win. It worked in St. Louis last year and Pittsburgh a few years ago. However, firing Colliton will show that the Blackhawks made a mistake when they hired him, or rather one GM made a mistake. Colliton and Bowman seem to be a package deal. How long is that metaphorical leash?

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