Stan For A Day: How Would You Change The Blackhawks?

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My day as Stan Bowman would have been an eventful one, as I would have executed multiple player trades, planned a move of an AHL franchise, jettisoned most of the coaching staff (and started the subsequent search for their replacements), and tried to fit in lunch at some time.

While this is always a fun exercise, when you start looking at the mechanics of any one of these changes, they are massive sea-changes in the organization and have ripple effects throughout the team and staff. It is much more reasonable to expect the team to make small course corrections over a longer period of time, and make the big splash when the opportunity presents itself.

Would any of us as a General Manager make better moves than we have seen from Stan Bowman over the last several years? We would all like to think so when considering some of the more criticized maneuvers, but there are not a lot of teams out there interested in helping the Blackhawks, the team of the last decade, get better, stronger, or back to contention sooner.

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Adding the title of President of Hockey Operations makes the job of Stan Bowman even more difficult. Now he has responsibility for the IceHogs, the gameday experience of the fans, and the logistics and function of the entire Blackhawks Hockey Operation. That’s juggling with 6 chainsaws, on a unicycle, inside a ring of fire kind of difficult.