The day will come when all fans, no matter what sport, will have to say goodbye to some of their favorite players in the offseason. You can watch your favorite player suck all season long, and still get teary eyed when they get traded to another team. Sometimes it really just comes down to money and to cut down on cap space, teams have to get rid of some major players.
This season is no different for the Hawks. With a depressing first round exit, we can expect some major changes to the Hawks lineup. There have been some crazy rumors flying around about who is staying and who is going. Regardless, it will be hard to see anyone leave the team, but it’s nothing us Hawks fans can’t handle. I’ve been seeing several names flying around out there, but there are 3 that I’ve seen most; Hjalmarsson, Crawford, and Quenneville.
Hjalmarsson was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2005 and, in my opinion, has been one of the most underrated players of the team for quite some time. He is often overshadowed by the star players but he makes some incredible plays and has a highlight reel to prove it (Check it out here). He’s currently making around 3.5 million with the Hawks…so it would give the team some cap money to work with. Personally, my heart will really hurt if he is traded.
Alright, this is a tough one. Corey Crawford has been a huge part of the Blackhawks organization since he was drafted in 2005. Now, I’ve been seeing some rumors about Crawford being traded since the season begun. He didn’t have a stellar playoff performance, although he is clearly not totally to blame. With a 5 million dollar salary hit, I would 100% understand the decision to trade him. It would be so strange to see him with any other team, but I have full confidence in Scott Darling. I honestly think it might be time to give Darling the starting goalie position that he deserves.
This is a joke, right? Do people seriously think the Hawks are going to get rid of Joel Quenneville? This man has lead this team to 3 Stanley Cup…not to mention he is one of the most winningest coaches in NHL history. Just because other teams flush out their coaching staff every time they suck it up in the playoffs, does not mean the Hawks should follow that strategy. We’ve already been assured by Stan Bowman that Coach Q will remain as head coach, I just really wanted to comment on this absurdity.
Sometimes we can make educated guesses on what GM, Stan Bowman, is planning next. I for one think Corey is on the chopping block. We’ve already seen some shakeups with the Blackhawks reliving Assistant Coach, Mike Kitchen, and Ice-Hogs Coach, Ted Dent of their duties. One thing is for sure, it is going to be an interesting offseason.