Kyle Davidson will have his interim tag removed and become the tenth general manager in Chicago Blackhawks franchise history, according to a report from Frank Seravalli. Danny Wirtz and Jaime Faulkner conducted many interviews over the past few weeks involving many different candidates with different backgrounds, but in the end, it was Davidson who won out. It’s been reported that Kyle Davidson was Danny Wirtz’ guy and he’s been with the organization since 2010-11. He's certainly done his time and paid his dues.
While I liked that Wirtz and Faulkner did their due diligence, in hindsight, it would’ve been better had this been done back in December or January if they really wanted to go with someone else. It’ll be March 1st tomorrow when they announce the new general manager, only three weeks until the trade deadline, and Davidson has the best pulse on this team right now.
It certainly won’t be an easy task for him as this team doesn’t have a first round pick or any superstar prospects on the way. And that’s just the on ice stuff. This franchise is mired in off ice issues and needs a leader that will create a safe environment for all.
While times are tough as a Blackhawk fan, I’m confident Kyle Davidson will be part of the change going forward. He has an analytical background, and from what I’ve heard is willing to learn new things as well as be part of the solution. While he worked with Stan Bowman for a long time, I expect Davidson to be more open minded and not be stubborn like Bowman and the higher-ups from years past.
It’s going to be a really tough few seasons for the Blackhawks, it's also going to be hard to gain the good will from this fan base, but I’m cheering Davidson on to right the ship.