From Elliotte Friedman’s 32 thoughts, the Blackhawks have narrowed their GM search to three candidates. The candidates include current interim GM Kyle Davidson, Mathieu Darche from Tampa Bay, and Jeff Greenberg from the Chicago Cubs (MLB). According to this article from The Athletic, Eric Tulsky got serious consideration before it was narrowed down to the other three candidates.
When it’s all said and done, I do believe Kyle Davidson does get the GM role, though I think it was smart of Danny Wirtz and Jaime Faulkner to do their due diligence and look at different candidates. Davidson fired Jeremy Colliton back in November and has made three trades, albeit none really of consequence. It’d probably be best to let him navigate this pivotal trade deadline and help right this ship.
Mathieu Darche is also a worthy candidate as he’s been in the front office of a highly successful Tampa Bay team that won back-to-back Stanley Cups.
Jeff Greenberg is certainly an interesting candidate. While Greenberg works in baseball, he played hockey when he was younger, has an understanding for the game, and using analytics. The biggest concern would be handling the transition from baseball to hockey.
I’m not sure when this news will be officially announced, but I think it’d be smart for the Blackhawks to announce their new GM within the next week at the latest. Also, rejoice. No Peter Chiarelli.