Former Chicago Blackhawks’ Forward Eddie Olczyk might have a new job

Chicago Blackhawks, Eddie Olczyk (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks, Eddie Olczyk (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images) /

The Chicago Blackhawks have a lot of former players taking on different roles in the NHL. Whether it is Patrick Sharp on NBC or Brian Campbell working within the Blackhawks organization, former players are all over.

One former Blackhawk, Eddie Olczyk, has been with NBC Sports and the Chicago Blackhawks as a Color Analyst for many years now. Olczyk has helped with so many Blackhawks games during the regular season, and he is one of the voices we hear throughout the playoffs and into the Stanley Cup Final.

Edde Olczyk is a great guy and deserves the job he has. He is one of the most prominent faces in the game, as he is on so many nationally televised games throughout the season. He has so much knowledge of the game and can take on any role given to him.

Olczyk played in the NHL for 16 years. The former third overall pick by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1984 put up 794 points in 1031 NHL games, and he even won a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994. Olczyk has experience in many different aspects of the NHL, and that kind of experience would make any team better. Olczyk might be a general manager someday.

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Now, the Florida Panthers are interviewing a lot of people to take on the role of GM after the firing of Dale Tallon. According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Olczyk is one of the interviewees and is expected to be a finalist. I would love to see Olczyk get a shot at GM, especially when you consider the circumstances.

Former Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville is now the head coach of the Florida Panthers. Dale Tallon hired Quenneville during last offseason and now is going to be left with a new general manager. The GM change is the same thing we saw with Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville.

You can expect that Quenneville will have a say in whoever the Panthers bring in as GM. He is the second-most winningest coach of all time, and he does have an excellent young roster in Florida. Maybe connecting with Olczyk would be something Quenneville and the Panthers need.

Olczyk watched Quenneville coach the Chicago Blackhawks game in and game out while he served as a broadcaster for the Blackhawks. He knows the types of players coach Q needs to win and the style he likes to see on the ice.

We are just going to have to wait and see who gets the Florida Panther GM job. Watch closely during this entire process, as the Blackhawks might be in a similar situation next offseason if Stan Bowman can not get the Blackhawks into a winning position again.