Chicago Blackhawks head coach, Stan Bowman, promised that changes were going to be made to the organization.
Bowman and the Blackhawks were eliminated from the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs. This is the second year in a row that the Chicago Blackhawks have been eliminated in the first round. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013, and 2015 and had high hopes for the 2017 season. They ended the season with a 50-23-9 record, accrued the most points of any team in the Western Conference and won the Central Division. They were considered a favorite to reach the Stanley Cup Finals and a heavy favorite to defeat their first round opponent, the Nashville Predators. After being swept by Nashville, however, Bowman promised that every part of the organization was on the table except for head coach, Joel Quenneville, who will return next year. Blackhawks players and fans alike appreciated the message after being the first number one seed to be swept from the playoffs in the first round since 1994 when the NHL adopted the best of seven first round playoff format.
“Standing here April 22 is not the way we expected our season to end. And it’s a complete failure when you measure it against the expectations that we have of ourselves,” said Bowman on Saturday. “We did not come even close to reaching the standard we have set over the years here. And that’s unacceptable. Any successes that we did experience this year are completely overshadowed by the abrupt ending to our season. It’s not close to good enough for anybody. And I think it’s time right now to take a look in the mirror and face facts.”