On Tuesday the Blackhawks published a letter to fans trying to open up about the direction of the franchise.
Ready for a youth movement?
Stan Bowman sat down with the folks at NBC SportsNet in Chicago to discuss the decisions to move on from Corey Crawford and Brandon Saad and a meeting he had with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith.
You can listen to that podcast here:
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One-hour sit-down interview with GM Stan Bowman:
• Direction of franchise
• What happened with Corey Crawford negotiations
• Details on meeting with Core Four of Kane, Keith, Toews, Seabrook
• Message to fans
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Bowman said he doesn’t envision asking Toews, Kane, Keith or Seabrook to waive their individual NMCs. He said he spoke with all four together (which we reported previously) and tried to get them to understand where the organization is going.
“This isn’t just about one or two or three players,” Bowman said. “The Blackhawks organization will thrive and survive moving forward.”
Bowman said they’re trying to build more of a team approach than they’ve had in the past, developing more organizational depth to get the team back to competing for a Stanley Cup.
Which begs the questions: how did the bottom fall out on the pipeline? And who is ultimately responsible for the lack of organizational depth?