ANALYSIS: Resist The Urge to Blame Jeremy Colliton

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Since the organization smacked us all in the face on Tuesday morning with the announcement of Joel Quenneville’s firing, the move has been met with (mostly) anger and cynicism. Regardless, today marks the first day of the Jeremy Colliton era for the Chicago Blackhawks.

I touched on this at the end of last night’s Blackhawks Rinkcast, but it needs to be reinforced and probably will be for quite a while. In this culture, with all the outrage, we need to reel this back in, come together as Blackhawks fans and agree on one thing:

Don’t take your anger out on Jeremy Colliton.

Regardless of your opinion on the move, how it was handled or whether the right guy was turfed, one thing is undisputed; None of this is Jeremy Colliton’s fault.  It just isn’t.

It is going to be very easy for us as fans (myself included) to fall into the lazy behavior of criticizing any move Colliton makes (or doesn’t make), to validate your anger or disappointment in the coaching move. If you want to be mad and lash out, blame John McDonough.

This is a move that was made at the top of the organization and Stan Bowman was forced to abide by it. Joel Quenneville was Bowman’s security blanket. He masked many of Bowman’s questionable moves, or lack of moves, with his solid reputation as a head coach.

Was it perfect? Of course not!

Joel Quenneville was very frustrating, at times, to the outsiders.  Infuriating, even.

Nothing against Colliton, but Stan Bowman will be exposed very blatantly if he continues to do his job (or more specifically not do it) the way he has recently. He cannot hide behind a 33-year-old rookie head coach that has been coaching in North America for under 18 months. Colliton will have his own challenges.

This brings me to my original point. As fans of this team, like Colliton, we were all dealt this bad hand. The best thing we can do is rally behind him. If he fails (and he certain might) he will write this chapter of his career. We cannot write this chapter for him, before he has coached a single NHL game.

Remember, this is the same team that slam-dunk future Hockey Hall of Fame coach Joel Quenneville could not mask the problems of. Colliton is inheriting the same non-playoff team that was performing like a non-playoff team. In firing Joel Quenneville, Stan Bowman did not also acquire a couple of top four defenders, or a Thunderdome tough center that can win draws and is a bloodhound defensively.


So, as we celebrate the launch of the Winter Classic sweaters later today and we then watch the Blackhawks take on the Carolina Hurricanes in game one of Colliton’s NHL coaching career, remember one thing:

It starts at the top. Blame this corporate meddling mastermind

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    I think JC will be a good change for some players. JJ and I have talked about Q’s message getting stale and maybe that change for change may not be a bad thing.

    Simpler breakouts, moving the puck forward with more speed rather than playing tick tac toe and adjusting to the players rather than the other way around will be better for a team with less talent.

    That being said, Q is probably the best coach in the NHL – at least on paper, and this is something that would have been better addressed (and more professional) in the off season.



    I hope JC does really well.

    I think he’s hindered by this roster.

    But this is a great opportunity for him, coaching in the NHL at his age. It sets him up for a lot of future success, whether it is with the Blackhawks or not.

    He seems like a good guy. I wish him all the best.


    one period into the Colliton era…….

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    I agree with Matt.


    As I recover from what is probably the most classless move to date after the Billy Reah firing (they put his pink slip under his hotel room door) I am more certain that I do not understand wealthy people. Rocky is going to pay Q about 10.5M over the next 20 months to do nothing for the Hawks. We’d do well to earn that in 2 lifetimes and he can dismiss that amount without firing the rest of the front office. Amazing

    Enter a rooking coach, with a new staff, to coach a team in a league he’s never even been an assistant coach in, for a team where he only knows a few players for about a year at best. WHAT POSSIBLY COULD GO WRONG WITH THIS MOVE? If you’re really trying to win or make the playoffs.

    The Wirtz family didn’t get wealthy betting on unknowns, so why do they do it now?

    I’m happy that Jeremy has been given his chance to coach in the NHL this early in his career, he’s been a breath of fresh air in Rockford over the Ted Dent. The results were apparent last year in the playoffs. I’m not disregarding the influx of AHL talent he was given before the trade deadline, but he did make this team play as a unit and they ran it to the end of their conference final. Considering they were out of the playoffs late in the season, this was remarkable for a first year AHL coach.

    A few years back Pittsburgh took their winning AHL coach and a few players from the farm and won back to back cups. Unless you take your lunch hour at Binny’s, you can’t see this happening with this group. But if tossing away 10.5M to see if there is any NHL talent in Rockford this year and next, I guess this is the move that ya make. Q wasn’t going to do the mid-season tryouts willingly, so if the rebuild is on, then changes have to be made for the future. VIVA LA REBUILD!!!!!



    Jeff couple of disagreement with your piece…Bowman certainly was involved in this and was the one who’s been pushing the kid.  Also his bad moves aren’t just recent.  Bowman’s track record going back to the Leddy move – is less than desirable.  No question McD is the master manipulator here and his fawning over Stan’s dad also has given Stan a longer leash.  And while McD is the PT barnum who’s reinvented the marketing arm of the Hawks none of that would have been possible if it hadn’t been for Dale and Smith who brought in the talent to make it possible.

    You can certainly argue that Stan was stuck with Q not playing certain guys he didn’t like and forced Bowman to move them.  But Stan’s moves in general haven’t helped the team especially in the last two offseasons.  His choice of defensemen and the overpays have been brutal.  I don’t see that changing.

    Q will have his choice of gigs here when he wants to return – I can’t say the same for Bowman once he’s let go.  Q’s Stache mentions Pittsburgh changed coaches and got back to 2 more Cups…well fun fact they also changed GMs.

    Meanwhile the Hawks have a trainwreck defense, a line and a half of scoring and a goalie who’s another bad concussion away from his career being over.

    As far as the new coach I wish the kid the best, but I have a hard time believing he’ll still be here when the Hawks are relevant again.  But what was the deal with playing 2 and 7 together last night and not having Kane out there on the first shift in OT.  Wouldn’t you want your best player on the ice?

    Hawks going for #8 in row tomorrow night…embrace the tank.

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