The Blackhawks have struggled this season both offensively and defensively, averaging 2.13 goals per game, on a roster filled with young and aging talent.
The Blackhawks are currently 10-15-2 and the Blackhawks have struggled to consistently win games since King took over. Colliton is partially responsible for this hole left by him prior to his firing, when the team's record was 1-9-2.
In the end, a win is a win and a loss is a loss, but players come in with high expectations and expect to build a winning culture. Toews and Kane are seen as future Hall of Famers and are well respected around the league based on leadership and their overall success in the 2010 era. Players are attracted to that and that's why some veterans were intrigued about joining the Blackhawks with players such as Seth Jones.
Many noticeable struggles have been seen on the ice such as Toews' recent scoring drought, Strome's overall scoring and playmaking performance, Dach struggling in the faceoff circle and lack of scoring, and Kane's overall struggles.
The defense for the Hawks lacks consistency and scoring depth with the likes of Erik Gustafsson and many of the prospects and have created too many chances for the opposing team, while often leaving Fleury and Lankinen out to dry.
Many of the young players have struggled and have been rushed/not been given enough time to develop in the AHL and it's a partial factor to the team's struggles. It's time to move on from some veteran players and acquire some top draft picks and prospects in order to move quickly through this rebuild.
Toews and Kane aren't getting any younger and building a franchise around them and having them compete in the playoffs again is a must. Many of the previously acquired veterans on the Hawks deserve to play for a contending Stanley Cup playoff team.
Here are the three players I think the Blackhawks should part ways with before the trade deadline