Off the ice, this team has done far more wrong than right over the past 15 years which has been exacerbated over this past year by the management and ownership's general disdain to deal with the issues.
On the ice, the team went out and paid a fortune for Seth Jones at a puzzling time the last off-season, as this team wasn't in a playoff window and Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are entering the last year under contract in 2022-23.
GM and Coach
Kyle Davidson took over from Stan Bowman in October of 2021 as the Interim GM and was then named GM on March 1st, 2022. The Seth Jones trade was not his and I thought he made some astute deals by trading Marc-Andre Fleury for a 2nd round pick in 2022 and Brandon Hagel for Taylor Raddysh, Boris Katchouk and first-round picks from Tampa Bay in 2023 and 2024.
Derek King took over as interim head coach on November 6th, 2021 and the team had a record of 27-33-10 in 70 games. King is still listed as interim, so perhaps Chicago goes after one of the many experienced names out there.
Next season, the team has just over $21 million available in cap space to replace or re-sign five unrestricted free agents and five restricted free agents.
After Stan Bowman acquired Seth Jones and the #32 pick in 2021 (Nolan Allen) for Adam Boqvist, the #12 pick in 2021 (Cole Sillinger), the 44th pick in 2021 (Aleksi Heimosalmi) and what is now the 6th overall pick in 2022, it ended up costing the club two fairly high picks in Sillinger and this year's pick.
Davidson has done well to get some draft picks back as the team has two second-round picks and three third-round picks in 2022, but not a first-round pick.
In 2023, Chicago has its first-round pick as well as the option to use Tampa Bay's first-round pick in either 2023 or 2024 (top-ten protected). They also have Tampa Bay's second-round pick as well as their own picks from rounds three through seven.
Unrestricted free agents are Calvin De Haan, Erik Gustafsson, Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen. Andrew Shaw is a UFA but injured and expected to retire.
The team could bring back De Haan but for much less than his $4.55 million AAV that has expired and Gustafsson at a similar salary as this year. In goal, they could bring back Delia and Lankinen, but one or both will more than likely test out free agency, which means the Blackhawks will need to re-sign one of them sooner than later if they wish them back.
Restricted free agents are