The rumors of the Chicago Blackhawks re-signing Jeremy Colliton is crazy to hear. He hasn’t done much to earn a second contract with the team.
This is something that will tear down the fanbase – there are rumors that the Chicago Blackhawks and Jeremy Colliton are working on a contract extension. This doesn’t make much sense, as the guy has really only won one playoff game, and he only got that chance because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Yes, the Hawks worked hard and earned that playoff spot by beating a good Edmonton Oilers team, but that doesn’t take away from the struggles Colliton has had as a head coach. He has a winning record if you guy by point percentage, but if you take away the overtime/shootout losses, he’s 62-75, with a 1-4 record in the playoffs.
A 62-58-17 record looks pretty on paper, but it isn’t good enough for the Hawks to make the playoffs for real during an 82-game season. I am not taking away from the team’s hard work in the playoffs. They earned their spot beating the Oilers, but Colliton didn’t earn an extension. He actually never did, even when Chicago missed the playoffs by 6-points a year ago.
If the Hawks won a playoff series or two, a contract extension would have been a decent conversation. Talking about this after back-to-back losing seasons doesn’t make sense.
The team regressed if anything. They didn’t improve from 2018-19, they got worse.
What I see if Stan Bowman wanting to re-sign Colliton to keep his own job. If Colliton gets a few years added to his contract, Bowman surely will be there for it too. This is a move that makes sense for one man only. Stan Bowman.
This is a rumor that needs to be shutdown. If the Hawks make the playoffs next season, for real, I will be all on board for giving those two a chance to do something special in Chicago. If these two miss the playoffs, it’s fire sale time for the Front Office.