Thirty-two games into the season and the Chicago Blackhawks have already endured a sexual abuse scandal, the purging of guilty members of management and coaches who were implicated in the scandal, and the firing of their young coach. Kyle Davidson is serving as the interim general manager and Derek King was named interim coach in early November. Both have done serviceable jobs in their roles, but this team has been left without a real identity and direction.
Jonathan Toews returned to the team, but not to his pre-medical issue form. Dylan Strome moves up and down the lines nightly, that is, if he isn't a healthy scratch. The offense is loaded with young prospects who are struggling to light the lamp.
The defense is a rotating cast of kids trying to make this team, but not quite ready, and injuries haven't been kind to the Hawks. The team is reeling and there are no clear answers. And certainly, no major changes are likely to be made until a permanent GM is in place.
We were briefly fooled after King took the reins. In his first month behind the bench, Chicago played inspired hockey. They competed and were in position to win nearly every game. It was short lived, however, as the reality of a broken team reared its ugly head. While I can't wrap my head around what the Blackhawks are or where they are going, there are some obvious answers- things the Blackhawks should do regardless of who is in charge.