“Nothing lasts forever.”
That’s the headline-grabbing quote from Blackhawks’ owner Rocky Wirtz in an article at Crain’s Chicago Business on Monday.
Wirtz went on to speak about the 2017-18 season. Here are a few of the more powerful quotes:
“The better players all had off years,” Wirtz said. Star goalie Corey Crawford was out much of the season with injuries. “There were lots of reasons.”
“I don’t find [the salary cap] as a problem. You can work it, as long as you have a system… If you’re a fan, it’s a problem. If you’re an owner, it’s not,”
“I think the team will be fine.” But, “if things are off at the beginning of the year, that’s a different story… Nothing lasts forever.”
Finally, the article notes that season ticket renewals for the Blackhawks came back at “only” 85 percent this year, a stunning decline from the 99-100 percent the team had seen for most of the last decade.
Read the full Crain’s piece here.