Blackhawks Find Their New Head Coach + Other Hawks Bullets
The 2021-2022 NHL season has come to an end which leaves the Blackhawks in a tough position. There will be many teams calling Kyle Davidson to check on the availability of players because the future is unknown with a lot of them. But there is one positive so far this offseason: the hiring of Luke Richardson.
Luke Richardson was hired by the Hawks earlier this week and he will get his first chance at being a head coach. He most recently served as an assistant coach for the Canadiens from 2018-2021 and the Islanders from 2017-2018. Richardson met the media the day he arrived in Chicago and he was thrilled to be coaching in such a great city. He spoke very highly about the National Anthem in the United Center and how electric the crowd is. He said that he wants the players to "match the enthusiasm" of the great Blackhawk fans. Kyle Davidson flew him out to Chicago to get him an interview and he thought that things clicked immediately. Davidson spoke about the connection they felt watching the Stanley Cup final and how they both wanted to build a team that is as fast and built to win like the Colorado Avalanche. Obviously, there is a rebuild ahead of them, but that is no reason to look down on the pieces that they already have on the roster. Davidson made the point that the organization is currently in a rebuild, but he will still coach every game to win. He also said that there are guys like Kane, Toews, and Seth Jones that he wants to speak to as soon as he has the opportunity to. There is no doubt that Richardson came into a tough situation with optimism and that is something that I have appreciated already along with many others. Davidson also mentioned that he spoke with former coach Derek King about him staying in the organization, just in a different role and my guess is that he will go back to coaching Rockford or become an assistant coach with the Blackhawks. So with that being said, welcome to the organization, Luke Richardson!
Richardson has been put in a position where he has no idea what his roster is going to look like with Davidson making his players available for trade. This includes sniper Alex DeBrincat who's going into the last year of his contract. The Hawks have been actively shopping the winger and Davidson has been taking offers but he has not accepted one just yet. Frank Seravalli (daily faceoff) stated that DeBrincat will most likely be dealt this offseason and the front runners are the Flyers, Devils, and Kings, as they have the most to offer. The asking price for DeBrincat is a combination of high draft picks, prospects, and young players currently playing in the NHL. The Hawks have reportedly rejected 2 offers so far and they included at least 2 high draft picks in upcoming drafts. Davidson is making it clear that if DeBrincat gets moved, the Blackhawks are going to get a lot in return. It is also clear that if DeBrincat goes, there will be a lot of others that may be traded as well. I personally think that he'll go to the Kings because of the projected offer that they have. That includes young prospects Arthur Kaliyev and Alex Turcotte, who have had NHL playing time, along with 2 high first rounders. With that being said, we will see what will happen as the offseason moves on and who gets traded and who doesn't.
Some other news includes the Hawks matching up against the Wild in Milwaukee for a regular season NHL game. This game is said to be taking place in October at Fiserv Forum, where the Milwaukee Bucks play. The NHL does this in hopes to grow the game of hockey. College hockey is a big thing in Wisconsin and I am sure that they would love some NHL action up there. There are also a lot of Hawks fans up there, so overall this is going to be a great experience for the state of Wisconsin and NHL popularity as a whole.
I also wanted to congratulate the Colorado Avalanche on their Stanley Cup victory! They were stacked up and down the lineup and it was very well deserved for all of the players on that roster. Happy offseason Hawks fans!
-Jack P. (IG: @jackpolkow / Twitter: @polkowjack)