An Open Letter to the Chicago Blackhawks: Please Fire Stan Bowman and Jeremy Colliton

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Emmet Carroll, Editor

To whom it may concern,

 

The Chicago Blackhawks have thrown me on to an emotional roller coaster that I can’t get off of. They for some reason can’t put together a truly good stretch of games, and it’s infuriating to me. It’s been the same theme the entire year. Play really well for three games, then play absolutely terrible for three to six games. Rinse. Repeat. It’s so annoying. Let’s go through their last ten games. 5-2 loss to Colorado, 7-3 loss to Colorado, 4-0 loss to the Blues, 4-3 overtime win against the Bruins, 2-1 shootout win over the Devils(I was at the game, not a big deal), 4-3 shootout loss to the Coyotes, 5-1 loss to Vegas, and 5-2 loss to the Coyotes. They were utterly bad in the two games against Colorado and it didn’t even feel like they were putting in any effort against the Blues. Then, they go to Boston for a game that every fan was dreading because the Bruins are a powerhouse and were on a nine game win streak at the time. The Hawks somehow managed to squeak out an overtime win even after blowing a 3-0 lead in the third period. The next night, they went to New Jersey with tired legs after grinding the night before and eked out a shootout win. Like I said, I was at the game and it was nice to see them stay competitive even after a tough game the night before. That game was on Friday, and on Sunday the Coyotes came to Chicago and beat the Hawks 4-3 in a shootout. The Hawks played well for the first 25 minutes, but then were dominated the rest of the way and the only reason they even got to the shootout is Robin Lehner. On Tuesday and Thursday of this past week, the went on the road to play Vegas and Arizona and played poorly. I walked into my house five minutes into the game against Arizona and they were already down 2-0. Then two days later, the blew a 3-0 lead in the third period against the defending Stanley Cup Champions in the St. Louis Blues. They lost 4-3 in regulation. REGULATION. Stan and Jeremy, how does that even happen? I wasn’t home for the third period but my father sent me a string of texts over a five minute period that depicted the utter disgusting performance they put on in that period. I was so pissed. The next night, they beat the Wild 5-3 and Patty Kane got a hat trick. Thank god for him and his post-game interviews, because they’re just about the only things that make me believe in this team. Oh, Robin Lehner and Corey Crawford make be believe too. 

 

I know that was a lot of recounting, but it goes to show how inconsistent they are. Robin Lehner said it best when he talked about how the team knows how good they can be, but they need to choose to play that way every night. And while the players are a big issue, the blame ultimately falls on the general manager and coach. Stan Bowman, there are so many things I’d like to say to you that aren’t appropriate for this website. You make me sick. You fired the best coach to ever be behind the bench at the United Center just because they started the year 6-6-3. He brought you three cups and a nine(I think it was nine) year playoff streak. And the biggest reason this organization was so good was because of the core that Dale Tallon put together. Sure, you signed Marian Hossa and he was the glue that held the team together for all those championship seasons, and you made a number of key moves during that stretch, but the bad outweighs the good so much in recent years. Let’s take a look at who you’ve traded in the past five years. Teuvo Teravainen, Artemi Panarin, and Henri Jokiharu are all unreal on their new teams. Niklas Hjalmersson was the ideal defensive defenseman and gave his all to this organization, and Phillip Danault is a true top 2 center on the Canadiens. I’m not going to analyze the Hjalmersson and Danault trades, but I didn’t like them one bit. And what did you get back in return, old Stanny boy? For Teravainen and Bryan Bickell, you got back a 2nd and 3rd round pick. Those picks turned out to be Alex Debrincat and Evan Barratt. I’ll admit, that deal worked out just fine. Debrincat is a stud, Barratt is going to be a solid 3rd line player one day, and they needed to unload Bickell’s contract. That outcome just had to come at the price of a rising star in Tuevo. However, the other three trades are what make me most mad. 

Artemi Panarin finished his rookie season in 2015-16 with 77 points and the Calder trophy, awarded to the league’s best rookie. Absolute stud. The next year, he finished with 74 points. Once again, absolute stud. Everyone was talking about how he was on pace to be one of the faces of the league for many years to come, but that idiot Stan Bowman decided it would be a better idea to have him be a face of the league in COLUMBUS. Freakin’ Stan. Panarin and forward Tyler Motte were shipped off to Columbus in exchange for Brandon Saad and Anton Forsberg. Brandon Saad won two Stanley Cups as a member of the Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015, and everyone was happy to have him back. Anton Forsberg, a young goalie prospect at the time, was not good after he was traded to the Hawks. I instantly forgot about him once he got sent to the minors. Panarin and Patrick Kane also had unbelievable chemistry, both on and off the ice. They combined for 346 points in their two seasons together. You could tell that they truly loved playing with each other by how they interacted with each other on the ice. It’s a true shame that getting rid of him was so necessary. Oh wait. It wasn’t. And oh wait. THERE’S MORE. Prior to being traded, Panarin took a team friendly bridge deal with the Hawks so they could go out and sign more free agents. A young, budding star who’s a team player as well. Who doesn’t want that? Stan Bowman didn’t want that. Screw you, Stan. 

Next, we have the Henri Jokiharu trade. Jokiharu, a defenseman, was drafted by the Hawks with the 29th overall pick in 2017. He looked good during the beginning of last season, and looked like he was going to be one of those defenseman that Joel Quenville could mold into a star. I loved him. The fan base loved him. Yet, when Joel Quenville was fired and Jeremy Colliton took over, his playing time and quality of performance took a huge hit. It was tough to see, as we all wanted to see this kid grow into something special, but Colliton had other plans. After he came back from the World Juniors, Jokiharu didn’t look like the same player. He was traded to the Sabres after the season ended in exchange for Alex Nylander. Nylander sucks. He was a highly regarded prospect when he was drafted, but he could never really crack the Sabres lineup. We’re now about 35 games into the season, and this trade is looking so lopsided. Jokiharu is playing top 4 minutes in Buffalo, and Nylander has like 10 points. I won’t even bother checking because he hasn’t done anything. He’s supposed to be a skill guy but can’t really do anything with the puck. He doesn’t make hard-nosed plays, and for some reason he’s been on a line with Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews most of the year. Terrible trade by Stan.

I’ve been talking about Stan for so long that I completely forgot I’m supposed to include Jeremy Colliton in this. He sucks. That’s it. He’s lost the room, he’ll never be Joel Quenville, the star players hate him, he’s ruining Kane and Toews’ last few years. He needs to be fired. That’s all I’m going to say. I feel bad for him because he was thrown into a situation where the only thing the fanbase accepts is winning, and it’s hard to please everyone. However, he still needs to go. 

Stan Bowman and Jeremy Colliton need to be fired. Plain and simple. Get them the hell out of here and let’s get back to the glory days. Please, John McDonogh, I beg of you. I just want to win again. Thank you for your time. 

 

Sincerely,

Emmet Carroll