With the announcement made yesterday, it looks like Jeremy Colliton and Stan Bowman will remain with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2021.
While watching the “HawksRewind” last night, I forgot how much fun having a fired-up coach used to be. Not only was Joel Quenneville the coach, but he was also apart of the entertainment. None of those guys mentioned are close to the personality of Quenneville.
I guess personality doesn’t matter when you win. I mean, Bill Belichick has no emotion, what so ever. It turns out that Belichick is the winningest coach in all of pro-football. The front office of the Blackhawks isn’t Belichick though.
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Still, the firing of Coach Quenneville won’t be forgotten until the Blackhawks win a Stanley Cup with another coach. If Colliton is going to be the coach of the future, he needs to rack up some playoff wins before the fans take him seriously.
If the NHL season remains paused and never finishes, I guess, no team technically “missed the playoffs” in 2019-20. Chicago was never in it though. You can’t run a team on hypotheticals though. We all know that they missed the playoffs.
Let’s say the NHL comes back and uses the 24-team playoff format talked about, does that give Colliton and Bowman a free pass? They’d have to win a series or two for me to get off both of their backs.
I respect the early success Bowman had in his career, but it’s also been frustrating to watch this team fall flat on their faces. The Blackhawks have won with Bowman before. They can win with him again.
The question becomes, how short of a leash are McDonough, Bowman, and Colliton on with Rocky Wirtz? It needs to be short, as in, playoff or fired short. The worries come from the top of the front office in Scotty Bowman. Scotty isn’t going to let his son Stan get fired. They’d have to remove both Bowman’s, which I don’t hate. I’m in favor of it.
We’ll see how everything turns out. It’s definitely disappointing to know that we have at least one more year of this administration in Chicago.