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Chicago Blackhawks: Cut loose and fire Jeremy Colliton

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 26: Head coach Jeremy Colliton of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on from the bench during the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 26, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 1-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 26: Head coach Jeremy Colliton of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on from the bench during the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 26, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 1-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks need to cut loose and fire Jeremy Colliton. The Colliton experiment didn’t work, he’s not the future coach of the franchise.

With 20 games left in the 2020 NHL season, things can’t get much worse for the Chicago Blackhawks. Marc Crawford may be unpopular with some but he needs to take over for the final 20 games.

Jeremy Colliton didn’t work as the Blackhawks head coach. When players on the team are the same age as you, it doesn’t tend to work. Brent Seabrook and Colliton played hockey together as kids. It doesn’t work.

Colliton, a former defenseman, should have made the Blackhawks’ defense better. They’ve gotten worse. As a younger coach, maybe he could have brought some passion and fire to the locker room. Colliton hasn’t done any of that.

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The team looks deflated and defeated as of late. Colliton has most certainly lost the locker room. There’s no reason not to let Colliton walk and give Crawford the last 20 games. What’s the worst that can happen, they still miss the playoffs?

What if the coaching change lights a fire under some of the veterans and things change? What of the Blackhawks goes on a big run and win 15 of their last 20 games? Stan Bowman would look like a genius. (Well, nothing can make him look like on at this point.)

Crawford has NHL experience and is an older coach. The age difference is what some of the older players need. Colliton, being as young as he is, could be looked like as a friend, not a coach. He has a high hockey I.Q and could be a good coach someday, just not here.

Bowman needs to cut loose and fire Colliton. It hasn’t worked yet and it won’t start to work out of anywhere. See what Crawford can do as head coach.

If he does well in the 20 games, give him a shot at the head coaching spot next season. If he doesn’t do well, there will be a lot of good coaches on the market this summer.

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