Every team goes through changes throughout the course of a rebuild. For the Blackhawks a decade ago, the change that lifted them to their dynasty was the coaching change that brought in Joel Quenneville. Maybe we will see another coaching change in the future.
Jeremy Colliton has had his ups and downs this past season. The team failed to win some critical matchups that they needed, and at times it seemed like Colliton made the wrong decisions at the wrong times.
The Blackhawks are a young team, Patrick Kane was the oldest player on the ice by far last night. They are going to need a leader in the locker room that has been through the toughest moments before, Tortorella could be that coach.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and John Tortorella are parting ways at the end of the season, which could benefit the Blackhawks.
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John Tortorella plays a defensive heavy game. His teams are always great in every corner of the ice, and while he does work his players hard, it is because he expects everything from them. Chicago does not have many true goal scorers that cannot play in their own end. Patrik Laine and Tortorella did not work together because Laine did not play that well defensively, that should not be a problem with the players in Chicago.
The Hawks roster is young, and a lot of them can still be taught how to play a different way. All those young rookies that just skated together last night can definitely respond to a coach like Tortorella. Maybe he can handle the goalie situation better as Columbus also had a few goalies this past season. Or maybe he can get a little bit more out of Nikita Zadorov in the defensive zone.
If the Blackhawks are going to be competitive again within the next couple of seasons, it is going to be with a different coach. There is a lot of potential in the locker room but there still is not enough talent to win the way the Hawks are constructed.
That is why bringing in Tortorella might not be a bad call for the Hawks. Tortorella is the coach that ousted the Tampa Bay Lightning in four games a couple of years ago, and he is a Stanley Cup Champion. Experience does help in this league, and Tortorella definitely has seen a lot.
Stan Bowman is going to have a busy off-season. While a coaching change might not be expected, there are some coaches available to consider.