Everyone is in the same boat right now. We’re all wondering how this is going to shake out.
Hopefully, sooner rather than later, it’ll be back to business for sports, along with the many other industries we're missing. When things do go back to normal, Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz has some tough decisions to make.
Or has he already made them?
Despite the likelihood of missing the playoffs for a third consecutive year, Wirtz seems to have made up his mind on if he's going to make big changes to the organization in the near future.
When Scott Powers of The Athletic asked Wirtz if Blackhawks president John McDonough, general manager Stan Bowman and head coach Jeremy Colliton will be returning next season, he replied, "Oh yeah, absolutely. There's not going to be any changes to the front office."
The Hawks, who were 32-30-8 and six points out of a playoff spot with 12 games remaining in the regular season before the NHL was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, made the postseason for 10 straight years before missing the last two.
Fans had been used to the "One Goal" excellence they were not only promised, but saw on a regular basis.
Although he’s not making the grand transformation that fans may want him to, Wirtz feels their pain… and their anger, and is glad the fans still care.
"Those three Cups, it really elevated everything to the level [it is now]," Wirtz said. "Of course they’re frustrated. Everyone’s frustrated. You want to do it. But there’s nothing with the frustration because we put high expectations on ourselves, as the players do and the fans do, too. I’d rather have them be frustrated and wanting us to get better than being indifferent and not giving a darn.”
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