The Murky Side of the Chicago Blackhawks Firing Stan Bowman
By Jimmy Lynch
I think a lot of people in Chicago can get behind Stan Bowman being fired from the Chicago Blackhawks organization.
I could not think of a better time for the Chicago Blackhawks to fire Stan Bowman now. Imagine, three seasons outside of the playoffs, four seasons since winning a playoff game, and five seasons since winning a series, the fact that the last time we won a series was when we won the Cup makes this even more laughable.
If Joel Quenneville deserved to be fired in Bowman’s eyes, then Bowman deserves to be chased out of the city by his standards. He has destroyed this team and wasted years of the prime of Toews and Kane. I know that there is a price to pay for winning like the Blackhawks have in the past, but teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins started their playoff run with Crosby a year before us and they are still going strong.
Why can’t we be like Washington, Boston, and Pittsburgh and still be tearing things up all season long? Maybe if we had a different GM at the helm during the past few seasons we would have seen different results, now we need a new GM to help right our future.
There are a lot of big decisions and contracts to be made this offseason. Trying to figure out which players deserve which money, and trying to figure out which players to sign at the draft will be big for the future of this team. Maybe putting someone else at the helm of this team could help change this team’s direction.
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Bowman has made a lot of wrong decisions in the last few months. He held on to Lehner and Gustafsson too long, and it cost them a potential first-round draft pick. He re-signed DeBrincat for a hefty price, and the young winger has looked like a shell of himself this season, I know that hindsight is really helpful for us on the DeBrincat contract but still.
I do not think that Bowman is the right man for our team, but letting him go will show the organizations and fans alike that they know that this team needs to go in a little different direction. I honestly would rather watch this team rebuild under a different GM than plunder another season with Bowman and Jeremy Colliton at the helm, and I think some of our players would agree too.
If Colliton gets fired than Bowman is definitely also getting canned too. Bowman’s entire message when firing the second-most winningest coach in NHL history was that this team needed a new coach under his direction. He has had that for almost a season and a half and has not gotten any better results.
If the Blackhawks are going to fire Bowman they better start thinking of whom to replace him with. Bowman has been with the organization since 2009, and while they definitely do have some people who have been working under Bowman I hope this team goes into a different direction for a new General Manager.
Who do you want the Blackhawks to bring in to replace Bowman? Hopefully, it won’t be too long until we get someone else in charge!