Blackhawks name Luke Richardson as next head coach
Chicago Blackhawks should appoint Luke Richardson as next head coach, says Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff.
Richardson was hired as an assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens in 2018 and served under Claude Julien, Dominique Ducharme and Martin St. Louis. The 53-year-old also previously coached with the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders, but this will be his first NHL head coaching job.
A veteran of 1,417 NHL games, Richardson played 21 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus, Tampa Bay Lightning Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators.
Richardson was acclaimed by his players as a calming influence behind the bench with a cerebral understanding of the game and excellent communication skills. These qualities will be a major asset for a failing Blackhawks organization, both on and off the ice.
Chicago is heading toward a rebuild, with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews openly questioning their future with the organization. Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson previously said Kane and Toews would be consulted on the direction the franchise takes, but suffice it to say the team could be in for a long rebuild. And although Toews has become a third-line option, Kane is still one of the best point guards in the game, with 92 points in 78 games last season.
Derek King, who was the Blackhawks’ interim head coach, Brad Shaw, a veteran assistant who last worked for the Vancouver Canucks, and others were also considered for the role.
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