The Blackhawks decided to change their schedule on Thursday.
Instead of an on-ice practice (which, remember, are all option under Jeremy Colliton), the team had a meeting. According to Colliton, they watched video and talked about being more sharp. And “responding better.”
This meeting comes after the Blackhawks lost four of five on the road and got blown out on their home ice by the Rangers on Wednesday night.
One has to think that having a conversation about the team’s response to adversity would have been more appropriate after their performance in Winnipeg to start the road trip. Or after they came out of the all-star break with a dull thud.
But here we are, four days before the trade deadline in late February, talking about the team being more sharp on the ice.
Colliton added that the meeting was not tied to any trades coming soon. But sources indicate Robin Lehner is not happy about how things are going in Chicago and does not intend to have any additional contract talks with the Blackhawks’ front office.
It sounds like Lehner isn’t the only player who’s new to Chicago who is pissed about the team’s circumstances.
Ryan Carpenter: “I don’t know if we’re necessarily thinking about playoffs. We’re optimistic, but right now it sucks. No one is happy. Especially me.”#Blackhawks
— Joe Brand (@Joe_Brand1) February 20, 2020