Having missed the final game last season for the first time since 2007-08, Blackhawks made clear that changes would be…
Having missed the final game last season for the first time since 2007-08, Blackhawks made clear that changes would be made if the results were not as good went into the 2018-19 season.
Blackhawks started 6-2-2 and did it without Corey Crawford for the first five games, giving the Chicago City a hope that 2017-18 may have become a blow.
But since then they have lost five in a row (0-4-1) and the same problems that were enlarged last season still remain: the power game is close to the bottom of the league, giving up the second highest score with high quality on even strength and depth scoring has been a non-factor.
Something needed to change.
In an effort to make it easier, Blackhawks won the second winning NHL history coach and three-hour Stanley Cup winner Joel Quenneville of his duties and named the new head coach Jeremy Colliton.
Quenneville is not alone wrong for what has happened in recent years. It’s really blamed to walk around everywhere. But Blackhawks know they can not lean back and let another season go without being in conflict during the first years of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, both of whom are looking for their best start of their career in year 1
Quenneville was in his 11th season in Chicago, by far the most of any active head coach; As a reference, Jon Cooper is now the new leader in his seventh season with Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s so spoiled Blackhawks has been with Quenneville, who will forever be known as one of the biggest coaches in Chicago Sports History.
By introducing Colliton, the Blackhawks hope a new voice can help change the successes of this season and beyond but also introduce new philosophies into a game that is constantly evolving. At the age of 33, Colliton becomes the youngest active NHL coach.
Colliton led Rockford IceHogs to his first Western Conference Finals after compiling a 40-28-4-4 record in his first season as an American Hockey League main coach in 2017-18. Before that he spent four seasons as head coach of Mora IK in Sweden, where he led his team 35-13-4 record and 105 points during the 2016-17 campaign.
People around the league have given about Colliton’s projection as a NHL head coach one day, but may not see it soon.
Nuclear players have been traded. Assistant coaches have been fired. Quenneville was the perfect coach for monitoring a well-oiled machine for the last decade. But times have changed.
In the middle of a retooling season, Blackhawks thought it was time to share ways with the future Hall of Fame coach and give the keys to someone without NHL coaching but has a new way to
Ready or not, welcome to a new era.
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