The Chicago Blackhawks are officially eliminated from playoff contention. It was always going to be the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, and Carolina Hurricanes occupying the top three spots in the division in any order but the fourth spot was up for grabs all season. The Hawks were the favorites to hang onto that spot with a few weeks left in the season but they blew it. It was honestly a good thing because it stopped fooling people into thinking this was actually a good roster.
Chicago Blackhawks fans should be livid at the way things are with this team right now.
Stan Bowman actually had people fooled at the beginning of the season. He was really strong at this year’s trade deadline but that was about the only thing he’s been good at for a long time now. This team was overachieving by a lot when they looked like a playoff team early. They are not loaded with talent like they once were. Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat were great but the depth was certainly challenged.
Some people might really like a few of the young players but they are not what you think. They aren’t at the same level as some of the young players that came up with the team in the late 2000s. There are a few nice pieces to build around like Kirby Dach and Ian Mitchell but there is a lot more they need.
Management should be ashamed of themselves for allowing it to happen. At the same time, the Hawks are what we thought they were. We went into the season knowing it was one of the worst rosters in the league. Jeremy Colliton did a good job getting them to buy in for a while but eventually, the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators allowed their talent to take over.
There need to be some changes to this team. Stan Bowman’s departure is long overdue but we will see if they actually do something about it. They need a full-blown rebuild and have committed to that but there is no telling if they will actually do it.
People don’t want to admit that letting someone like Patrick Kane get traded is the right move at this point but they won’t realize it until it’s too late. For now, they need to play out the rest of the season and go from there. The players and coaches deserve some credit because they worked so hard with so little. Everyone else should be embarrassed, including the fans.