Jay Leach is someone that would make a great addition to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Instead of recycling the old guard of head coaches that haven’t worked out in other places, it is sometimes a good idea to go in a different direction. The Chicago Blackhawks did that with Jeremy Colliton but anyone was going to fail with that roster in that situation. Replacing Joel Quenneville (at the time) was an impossible task.
The Blackhawks should look into Jay Leach who is currently serving as an assistant coach for the Seattle Kraken. Before landing that job, he was the head coach of the Providence Bruins in the AHL and an assistant coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. With the Penguins organization, he learned from Mike Sullivan who is now one of the best in the NHL.
He is going to have opportunities in the NHL and the Blackhawks would be wise to give him that first one. Coming over from the Kraken to the Hawks as head coach would also be a good thing for him and his family if it worked out.
There is plenty of good that can come from a hire like this. He seems like the kind of coach that can come from “nowhere” to lead a team to some major success. The young players in the Chicago Blackhawks organization could benefit from someone like this and that should be considered the number one priority going forward.