When interim General Manger Kyle Davidson and interim head coach Derek King first addressed the media on Sunday, we learned that the organization would not be searching for a permanent coach until after the 2021-22 season. Now it appears the Blackhawks are not rushing to hire a permanent general manager either.
According to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff, the Blackhawks are “in no rush” to find a permanent replacement for Stan Bowman.
In this week's edition of Ice Breakers, @frank_seravalli reports that the Chicago Blackhawks have yet to reach out to prospective GM candidates.
Plus an update on what teams have expressed interest in Rangers prospect Vitali Kravtsov.
— DailyFaceoff.com Hockey (@DFOHockey) November 9, 2021
Seravalli reports that the Blackhawks have not reached out to any potential candidates yet after the findings of the Jenner and Block investigation became public and led to the firings of Bowman and Al McIsaac in Chicago, and Joel Quenneville with the Panthers. Much like the head coaching position, it appears there is a likelihood that Kyle Davidson, who has been with the Blackhawks since 2010 and has worked in multiple front office roles over the past decade, could hold the position until the end of the season.
Since Davidson took over from Bowman, he has fired head coach Jeremy Colliton and in his place, Derek King has already won his first game as an NHL head coach, matching Colliton’s amount of wins this season in the process. The Blackhawks will likely want to fill the front office role(s) of General Manager and President of Hockey Operations before they find their longer-term head coach. We’ve talked about the possibility that former Blackhawk Eddie Olczyk could be in line to fill one of those front office roles.
In my perfect world, the Blackhawks hire Kevin Weekes to the Hockey Operations role, Ryan Hardy to the General Manager role, and Claude Julien to the head coaching position. I’m in favor of going the route of outside hires to fully change the feel and voices within the organization.
We will keep up with this throughout the season as King and Davidson lead the Blackhawks for now.