Despite a horrendous start to the 2021-22 season, one that has the Blackhawks checking into play this evening with a 0-3-1 record, word around the organization is that firing head coach Jeremy Colliton is not even a consideration at this point.
"They're not panicking here. Now, if it gets to 20 games and they're still seeing the same results, maybe we'll see a change, but it's not a situation if they lose two of the next three, that Jeremy Colliton would be on the way out." –@emilymkaplan
— Jay Zawaski (@JayZawaski670) October 21, 2021
This is according to ESPN’s NHL insider, Emily Kaplan, on today’s episode of The Point. Kaplan states that she has talked to many people inside the Blackhawks front office, and the sense that she gets is that there haven’t even closed-door meetings regarding a potential change behind the bench for the Blackhawks.
Nobody tell these guys ….
— Bleacher Nation Blackhawks (@BN_Blackhawks) October 20, 2021
Kaplan went on to say that the organization isn’t panicking at this point, but did note that if the Blackhawks continue to skid, firing Colliton could be a conversation had amongst the powers that be in Chicago’s front office.
The Blackhawks have failed to get into the win column in their first four games of the season and have not led at any single point in their four games played. The Blackhawks drought of not having a lead in any game to start the season is now at 240:57, the longest such streak in franchise history. The previous? Just last season, again under the direction of Jeremy Colliton, when the Blackhawks went 226:06 before taking the lead in any game to open the season. The Blackhawks finished the 2020-21 season with a 24-25-7 record and missed the playoffs.