The Chicago Blackhawks had a bad 5-1 loss on Friday night. It was as bad of a loss as they have had all season long. They don’t score goals and they can’t defend. It was especially bad when you can see someone like Marc-Andre Fleury visibly upset after giving up a goal.
A player like that isn’t used to dumpster fires like this as he has been in the playoffs every year of his career. That is why they felt they needed to fire Jeremy Colliton. This team is at rock bottom and not many things can get them out of it.
This move is long overdue, to be honest. Colliton is a nice man and he even may be a good coach but he isn’t right for this team. Everything about this system his bad for the roster which led to a lot of losing. It will be interesting to see how the team responds going forward after this 1-9-2 start.
Derek King is set to be the interim head coach for Chicago. He was the Rockford Ice Hogs coach in the AHL so we will see how he does now that he is in the NHL. He has his hands full as he tries to turn this ship around.
The Chicago Blackhawks fired Jeremy Colliton as their head coach on Saturday.
The Hawks had playoff hopes after making some big offseason moves during the summer. They haven’t lived up to expectations in any way and their record reflects that. As mentioned before, it is surprising that they took them this long.
Stan Bowman was never going to fire Colliton unless ownership forced him to. However, now that Bowman is gone it is clear that the team is ready to go in a completely different direction. Colliton is not a bad guy like some of his old bosses but he just isn’t the man for this job. Don’t be surprised if he is a good coach in the NHL someday with another team that has a roster perfect for his type of system.
Now, it is on the players. They can’t use the coach anymore as an excuse for losing games. Stan is gone. Jeremy is gone. The only constant on the 1-9-2 Hawks is the players now. They need to go out there and play well otherwise we are going to see a whole new issue.
The Hawks are in action with Derek King behind the bench for the first time against the Nashville Predators on Sunday. It will certainly be interesting to see how they respond to such a big change. Hopefully, this leads to some sort of turnaround.