The Chicago Blackhawks finally earned their first victory of the season this week. All the win did was give a little potpourri spray to mask this season’s foul stench. It took ten games and the calendar changing to November for the Hawks to get their first two points.
The victory means the Hawks avoided being the last NHL team to get a win as that distinction now belongs to the Arizona Coyotes. Still, the Blackhawks stink right now as shown in their most recent game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
This season was supposed to have so much promise. This was supposed to be the season the Blackhawks returned to the playoffs legitimately unlike 2020, when they made it only as part of an expanded playoff.
The rebuild was supposed to be over with major off-season acquisitions. The team’s captain, Jonathan Toews, also returned after missing the 2020-21 season. Everything was in place to have a good season.
The Chicago Blackhawks have a lot of work to do in order to turn things around.
Instead, the on-ice product looks like it will struggle to win most nights. I mean they went winless in October for crying out loud. Off the ice, the franchise is embroiled in a major scandal. Former first-round pick Kyle Beach’s lawsuit alleges in 2010 the Blackhawks did nothing to address his complaint of being sexually assaulted by the team’s then video coordinator, Bradley Aldrich.
Instead, former Team President John McDonough, former General Manager Stan Bowman, and former Head Coach Joel Quenneville amongst others did not want a distraction as the Hawks tried for its first Stanley Cup in 49 years.
Finally, after winning the whole thing in 2010, management quietly asked Aldrich to leave the organization but he still got his day with the Cup, his name on the Cup, and severance pay. A few years later, Aldrich was convicted of sexual misconduct of a minor.
The Kyle Beach lawsuit went from “how awful of the Blackhawks” to “Oh my, the Blackhawks are beyond awful.” It is like rock bottom for the Hawks.