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John McDonough: Joel Quenneville and Stan Bowman will return to Blackhawks next season

John McDonough: Joel Quenneville and Stan Bowman will return to Blackhawks next season

With the Blackhawks missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007-08, there has been rampant speculation about what changes will be made going into the offseason.

Here are two big ones that won't be: Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville, both of whom will return to the Blackhawks next season, team president John McDonough announced on Thursday.

"I met with Stan about a week ago, talked about his future, talked about Joel's future," McDonough told reporters. "I believe in continuity. They've had an incredible body of success. We're not tethered to the past. This has been a very disappointing year and our expectations are incredibly high.

"We're not going to deviate from those expectations. But I believe both Stan and Joel are the guys that are going to bring this back."

Quenneville, who is the second-winningest coach in NHL history, has two years left on his contract and is owed $12 million over that span.

The coach who has helped bring three Stanley Cups to Chicago deserves a chance at leading the second wave of talent, as does Bowman, who has assembled this roster with a big-picture view.

It's only fair they both see it through.

"The standards are very high here," McDonough said. "I think what people want to do, they want to put a brand on it. They want to put a retool, or a rebuild. I'd like to re-win. I think these teams come in all shapes and sizes.

"You've seen a lot of teams that miss the playoffs last year that are now back in the hunt to win the Stanley Cup. I want that to be the Chicago Blackhawks going forward. So I have confidence in Stan and Joel figuring this out."

Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

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Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

The NHL announced their final jersey sales from the 2017-18 regular season, and there's a new name at No. 1.

Reigning Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews edged out last season's winner Sidney Crosby as the top-selling jersey after finishing fourth in 2016-17.

The Blackhawks may have missed the playoffs for the first time since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were rookies, but that's not stopping fans from purchasing their merchandise.

Each of them stayed inside the top 10, although it's a drop-off from a year ago when Kane was second and Toews was third.

Here what the rest of the Top 15 looked like:

A behind-the-scenes look at Dylan Sikura's journey from college to Blackhawks

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A behind-the-scenes look at Dylan Sikura's journey from college to Blackhawks

It's not often you see NHL-ready players stay all four years of college, but that's exactly what Dylan Sikura did because of his desire to help Northeastern win a championship and also complete school.

It fueled a little speculation among the fanbase about whether Sikura would actually sign with the Blackhawks after his season ended, probably because it happened to them before when Kevin Hayes, their 24th overall pick in 2010, decided to test the market after college in 2014.

But the Blackhawks were confident all along that Sikura would ink an entry-level deal once his career at Northeastern ended and he did.

In a web documentary released on Friday, the Blackhawks provided a behind-the-scenes look at Sikura's journey from college to the NHL, reaffirming that internal belief from the beginning.

It's well-done, and covers a lot of ground in 11 minutes and 38 seconds, ranging from following him around to class, practices and games, taking us inside the Blackhawks' pro scout mid-season meetings and Sikura's arrival at O'Hare Airport and leading up to his NHL debut on March 29.

Check it out here: