The Chicago Blackhawks had an extremely disappointing season, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007-08. 

However it's understood that every team has an off year, it's even harder when your top goalie is gone for the majority of the season due to injury. 

"The better players all had off years," Wirtz said. "There were lots of reasons. ... We're not going to have a knee-jerk reaction. You can't let your emotions be in control."

Emotions can't be in control, however stats usually are, and when you combine missing the playoffs this year along with first round exits in the two previous years, there's only so much patience to go around. 

While Wirtz indicated he won't make any changes now, if the team continues to struggle in the first half of next season, people will likely be shown the door. 

From NBC Sports Chicago:

"Overall, "I think the team will be fine." But, "if things are off at the beginning of the year, that's a different story. ... Nothing lasts forever."

Asked if that means changes could occur right after the holiday season if the team is doing poorly, Wirtz had a short answer: "Yes." "

It looks like everybody is safe for now, but Stan Bowman, Joel Quenneville and the full roster seem to be on the hot seat. 



Source: NBC Sports Chicago
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