The New York Rangers recently cleaned house firing pretty much everyone from the GM to the president of hockey operations and even their coach. A team that honestly looked a few steps in front of the Blackhawks rebuild just took a major step back.
Change is good, but stability is better. For a team with a ton of young guys like Chicago and New York have, they might be better off hearing one message and having one coach and general manager for a few seasons.
The Rangers might not have looked that much improved from where they were a few years ago, but the foundation was set. The team had drafted a handful of young players and were poised to contend for a championship in the next couple seasons.
Now they are basically back to square one as the new general manager Chris Drury now has to reevaluate his staff and his players to see who he should keep around.
The NHL offseason is a busy time of the year for any team, not just the Blackhawks, adding a GM change right now isn’t a winning strategy
The Blackhawks season has been over for not even a week, but one can already see the moves that are going to have to get worked on and completed this offseason. Stan Bowman has probably known for months who he is likely to expose at the NHL expansion draft, and the thought process is not something that starts just in the offseason.
Bowman has had time to prepare and set up the team for the expansion draft and everything else that occurs during the summer. The Rangers’ new general manager now needs to decide if he is going to stay on the same course as the previous manager Jeff Gorton or if he is going to take things in his own direction.
Personally, I think what is going on in New York can be a cautionary learning experience for the Blackhawks. Change can be good at times but only at the right moment. Moving on from Stan Bowman or even Jeremy Colliton might not be the right decision right now given that it would just set things back to square one again.
Coaching changes have led to championships in the past, but that was really when a team was going from good to great, for the Blackhawks they need to just focus on improving step by step and not jumping ships.