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The Blackhawks have fired coach Jeremy Colliton

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After a 1-9-2 start, the Chicago Blackhawks have relieved Jeremy Colliton have his duties as head coach. They’ve also let Sheldon Brookbank and Tomas Mitell go.

This season the team had one win after 12 games. The defense was struggling and both goalies were being left out to dry. Of course, it isn’t always the head coach’s fault, the Blackhawks’ players needed a new voice in the locker room to switch things up.

Who will take over for the Blackhawks?

For the last couple of weeks, the question among fans was who would take over for Colliton once he is fired. Though former general manager Stan Bowman showed confidence in him, the fans knew it was only a matter of time. Once Bowman was let go, Colliton’s fate was all but sealed.

The slam dunk pick was Marc Crawford. The Blackhawks decided to go with Derek King, coach of the Rockford IceHogs. King is just the interim head coach, he could be replaced at any time. It’s fair to assume he will be Chicago’s coach for the rest of the season though.

Did they make the right hire?

The Blackhawks promoting King as their new head coach is too similar to what they did with Colliton. Colliton was the head coach of the Ice Hogs when Joel Quenneville was fired. Chicago, at the time, went with the IceHogs’ coach. They’ve done this again.

It didn’t work the first time around, so why rinse and repeat? Did the Blackhawks not learn from Colliton? He was 87-92-26 as the team’s coach. At least when they hired Quenneville early in the 2008-09 season, it was somewhat of an outside hire. He was a scout for the team at the time, though he had former coaching experience.

Where do things go from here?

For the Blackhawks, they have two obvious options. They can A, step it up and try to salve the season, or B, continue to struggle and waste another year of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews‘ careers.

On the bright side, all they can only go up from here. 1-9-2 is the second-worst record in the NHL. King has to switch up the lines in Chicago, add a different defensive scheme, and help out both goalies. If they can stop giving up four to five goals per game, they have a shot. Maybe adding Kane and Toews together on the first line and Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome together on the second, both lines can get the scoring back up. Just a thought.

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Ryan Fedrau has been a Chicago Sportswriter for over two years, now covering the Chicago Blackhawks for Overtime Heroics.