Blackhawks: Who’s job is safe from the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs?
By Ryan Fedrau
With the Chicago Blackhawks basically being in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, who’s job is safe from these unseen turn of events?
The Chicago Blackhawks need major help when it comes to Jeremy Colliton and Stan Bowman. This team has the players to be successful, just not the head coach and general manager to repeat the same success they found in the early-to-mid 2010s.
Just because the Blackhawks are included in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs’ qualifying round shouldn’t mean Colliton and Bowman are safe. I would go as far as to say, if they don’t win multiple rounds, both guys are done.
Colliton has been gifted a chance to become a solid coach in Chicago. If Colliton can coach his team past the Oilers, he’ll finally have a playoff series under his belt. From there, I would say, if he doesn’t coach this team to at least the Western Conference Finals, he needs to remain on the hot seat.
For everyone who thinks the Western Conference Finals is too much to ask, apparently making the playoffs with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on your team is too. Colliton shouldn’t get a pass for these unseen turn of events, the pressure needs to be on him.
Now, if the Blackhawks win multiple rounds, I’m fine bringing Colliton back in 2020-21. The issue will come with how successful Colliton is next season. If the Blackhawks aren’t in a playoff spot around the 50-game mark, they need to look elsewhere for their new head coach.
I personally would like to see them make a bid for Gerard Gallant. Gallant took a team of decent players and almost won a Stanley Cup in the Vegas Golden Knights’ first season. Just imagine what Gallant could do with this roster.