Blackhawks: 5 Questions About the Direction of This Team

By Jimmy Lynch
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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2. When Will the Chicago Blackhawks and Stan Bowman Part Ways?

Stan Bowman did a great job building the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks teams in both 2013 and 2015. He even did a good job pushing the Blackhawks to contention in 2016 and 2017. It was what came after that killed the Chicago Blackhawks in my opinion.

Bowman had two seasons where he made all the wrong moves, and that pushed the Blackhawks out of the playoffs and towards the bottom of the standings. At that time, Bowman seemingly always had scapegoats to place the blame on. Whenever he made a bad trade, it was because of the salary cap. 2017-18 was Crawford’s fault for coming down with a concussion. 2018-19 was Joel Quenneville‘s fault. Bowman has always had someone else to blame, but now, he is out of excuses.

It’s time for the Chicago Blackhawks to drop the “One Goal” slogan and rebuild. This is no longer the same team that won 3 Stanley Cups in 6 seasons. This is no longer the team that dominated night in and night out. Rather, this is the team that barely can win a game with a 4 goal lead in the third period. It is time for us to accept that and start the next chapter of Blackhawks hockey.

The pieces are arguably already there. Whether it is the young players they drafted, or acquired via trade, or even players like Kane and Lehner, the team is showing they have a solid base to start a rebuild. Now, all they need is someone to unite everybody and get them on the same page.

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