Late last night in his latest written edition of ‘32 Thoughts,’ Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Chicago Blackhawks had narrowed their GM search down to three candidates: Kyle Davidson, Mathieu Darche, and Jeff Greenberg.
This information comes a few hours after the Blackhawks had released this statement about their GM search last night:
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— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) February 24, 2022
Earlier this week, Friedman and his Sportsnet colleague Jeff Marek spoke about the GM search in Chicago and reported that CEO Danny Wirtz still favors hiring Davidson, while President of Business Operations Jaime Faulkner and consultant Mike Forde are more open to an outside of the organization hire.
Davidson has been running the show for pretty much the entire regular season after the dismissal of Stan Bowman in late October following the fallout of the Jenner and Block investigation findings. With time starting to run short before the NHL Trade Deadline on March 21, it might just be the easiest route to keep him in the position since he is the most familiar with the current state of the team.
If the Blackhawks are going with someone outside of the organization, at this point, they should go with Tampa Bay Lightning assistant GM Mathieu Darche. I know this is a little backward to my thinking that you shouldn’t just recycle hockey guys around the league, but with the potential for a three-week turnaround from getting the job to the end of the NHL Trade Deadline, I want someone from the hockey world in that role.
This is not a slight to Greenberg. According to Friedman earlier this week, he had interviewed really, really well. Obviously, since he is one of the final three the team is considering. I’m any other scenario, I’d be happy to see what Greenberg might be able to do after making the jump from the MLB to the NHL, but with so much riding on the future of the Blackhawks with this year’s trade deadline, I’m not sold on rolling the dice with Greenberg.
The clock is ticking on the Blackhawks, but we now know the next step and who they are choosing from. I think we can at least all agree that, whether it is Davidson, Darche, or Greenberg, at least it won’t be Peter Chiarelli.