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The Chicago Blackhawks have not decided on their head teaching place simply but.
NHL insider Kevin Weekes reported the “state of affairs stays fluid” however no choice has been made up to now. Weekes beforehand reported Chicago was “near hiring” Calgary Flames assistant coach Ryan Huska and issued one thing of a correction with the follow-up:
Kevin Weekes @KevinWeekes
Per my final tweet, been in contact with folks near the @NHLBlackhawks HC course of, as I’m instructed “state of affairs stays fluid, working in direction of hiring new HC.” Will maintain you nice @NHL Followers posted as we hear extra. @espn @StanleyCup #HockeyTwitter pic.twitter.com/I543T1782u
Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports activities Chicago reported the indication Huska was headed to the Blackhawks as of Monday was “inaccurate” since “no choice has been made but on a everlasting head coach.”
The Blackhawks fired head coach Jeremy Colliton in November following a 1-9-2 begin to the season and completed the 2021-22 marketing campaign with Derek King serving within the interim position.
Chicago went 27-33-10 beneath King and missed the playoffs for the second season in a row. It hasn’t received a postseason collection because the 2014-15 marketing campaign, which is a far cry from the stretch when the franchise received three Stanley Cup titles in a six-year span from 2009-10 by way of 2014-15.
Colliton had been the top coach since taking on in the course of the 2018-19 season after the Blackhawks fired Joel Quenneville.
Whichever coach the franchise hires can be becoming a member of a crew with loads of rapid uncertainty after a disappointing marketing campaign. Chicago notably added defenseman Seth Jones and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury final offseason however ended up buying and selling the latter and didn’t reside as much as increased expectations with the brand new items in place.
Choices will must be made on the goaltender place in addition to with numerous notable names because the crew decides how a lot of a rebuild it’s going to undertake.
Whether or not which means shifting on from Blackhawks legends Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews stays to be seen. Chicago may even look to trade ahead Alex DeBrincat, which might solely serve to facilitate a rebuild much more for a crew that will nonetheless be a number of seasons away from true contender standing.
Huska has loads of teaching experience as a four-year assistant for the Flames after he was the top coach of the crew’s affiliate in Stockton and Adirondack.
He additionally has Blackhawks connections contemplating the group drafted him in 1993, though he appeared in only one NHL sport in the course of the 1997-98 season.