Interim coach Derek King is still in the running for the full-time job, according to Chicago Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson.
Davidson, who took over as general manager when the team abandoned the interim classification on March 1, said he hopes to have a head coach in place by the middle of July.
He advised, “I don’t think you want to get too far away from the season without knowing who your head coach is.”
The Blackhawks pick up the pieces after a poor season that ended with a 28-42-12 record and a 3-2 overtime loss to Buffalo on Friday night.
Greenberg was interviewed for the position of general manager before the organization chose to keep Davidson. After he obtained the position, he went out to Davidson to congratulate him, and their friendship evolved from there.
During the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Vegas Golden Knights in Chicago, Wednesday, April 27, 2022, Chicago Blackhawks interim head coach Derek King, center, talks to right wing Patrick Kane, left, and center Dylan Strome. The Blackhawks triumphed 4-3. Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo
(AP) — CHICAGO (AP) — Interim coach Derek King is still in the running for the full-time job, according to Chicago Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson.
Assistants Marc Crawford and Rob Cookson will not be returning to the Blackhawks next season, the team confirmed over the weekend. But, according to Davidson, King’s situation is unaffected.
Toews and Kane both have one year left on their deals, and the team might talk to them about extensions this summer. But it’s unclear whether they’ll stay on during the renovation.
After trading Marc-Andre Fleury to Minnesota in March, the Blackhawks struggled in net, and they could improve their goaltender position this summer. Kevin Lankinen and Collin Delia are also free agent candidates.