What is going on with the Chicago Blackhawks head coach search?Todd Welteron June 21, 2022 at 1:00 pm

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson sure is taking his time naming a new head coach.

Davidson said last month he was looking for a head coach that can get the Blackhawks through a rebuild and eventually raise the Stanley Cup. Davidson has been deliberate in his search for new a leader behind the bench.

Chicago Sun-Times Blackhawks beat writer Ben Pope wrote that the Hawks hoped to have a new head coach in place by mid-July. He also reported that interim head coach Derek King is not being considered for the permanent position.

Suddenly, it sounded like the Chicago Blackhawks were getting close to naming Calgary Flames assistant Ryan Husk as head coach according to Kevin Weekes of ESPN and the NHL Network.

Chicago Tribune Blackhawks beat writer Phillip Thompson reported that Husk is not being hired as head coach.

Blackhawks have denied report that Ryan Huska has been named the new head coach: “The process is still taking place.”

— Phillip Thompson (@_phil_thompson) June 20, 2022

NBC Sports Chicago Blackhawks insider Charlie Roumeliotis also reported the Hawks had not made a coaching hire.

I’m told the Ryan Huska to Chicago report is inaccurate. No decision has been made yet on a permanent head coach. #Blackhawks

— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) June 20, 2022

Weekes also followed up on his report confirming that the coaching search is still ongoing.

Per my last tweet, been in touch with people close to the @NHLBlackhawks HC process, as I’m told “situation remains fluid, working towards hiring new HC.” Will keep you great @NHL Fans posted as we hear more. @espn @StanleyCup #HockeyTwitter pic.twitter.com/I543T1782u

— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) June 20, 2022

At this rate, the Hawks may already have completed the draft, signed some free agents, and started training camp before a head coach is in place.

The Hawks’ season ended on April 29th and there is still no sign a head coach has been found.

Understandably, Davidson wants to take his time. The Chicago Blackhawks have the NHL Entry Draft and the start of free agency fast approaching. It would be nice to have a head coach in place.

Granted, Davidson has to build up the front office and reshape the scouting department in his image. The man has a lot on his plate as he completely rebuilds the Chicago Blackhawks back into playoff contenders.

It just feels like this search is going at a snails pace for a coach that is going to oversee at a minimum, a three-year rebuild. He needs to find a coach who can work well with young players and is a good teacher.

Then again, there are still seven teams looking to fill their head coaching vacancies. So it is not like Davidson is lagging behind his peers.

It would just be nice to get a sense of where Davidson is heading. We have a better idea of the Blackhawks wanting to move into the draft’s first round and the possibility of Alex DeBrincat being traded.

Up until Weekes’ report, it has been very quiet on the head coach search. There was a report the Hawks did interview at least one candidate.

Luke Richardson interview with the @NHLBlackhawks (head coach position) happened 48 hours ago. He’ll come back with @CanadiensMTL if he doesn’t get the coaching position with the Hawks.

— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) June 16, 2022

Once the Stanley Cup Finals are over, we should probably see more traction. Hopefully, through this very quiet and thorough search, Davidson can find a head coach that leads the Hawks through a rebuild and eventually lifts the Stanley Cup.

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