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Blackhawks should follow Rangers rebuild plan

Blackhawks should follow Rangers rebuild plan
Published On: Wed, Nov 07
Nov 19, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; dNew York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) defends uring the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks sent shockwaves through the NHL on Tuesday byA firing Joel Quenneville, their decorated head coach.

In a lot of ways, it paralleled the coaching changeA that happened in Los Angeles, as the Blackhawks said goodbye to a key player from their glory days of not-so-long-ago.

Much will be made of where Quenneville will end up next, but what about the path ahead for the Blackhawks?

The instinct might be to parallel the Kings in another way, by trying to squeeze every ounce out of what sure seems like a declining core group. Instead, allow me to recommend following a different path by another team not that far removed from contending: the soft rebuild of the New York Rangers.

As you likely remember,A the Rangers essentially waved the white flag of rebuildA heading into last yeara€™s trade deadline, making painful choices such as sendingA Ryan McDonaghA to Tampa Bay. In doing so, the Rangers stocked up on draft picks (including three in 2018a€™s first round), kicking a mini-rebuild into gear.

The Rangers still have plenty of work to do, yet you could at least see some light at the end of the tunnel.

If you ask me, that sure beats hoping that an aging roster will magically turn back the clock, even as evidence mounts that ita€™s no accident that Chicagoa€™s fallen out of contention. The Blackhawks could glance at their old buddies in Detroit to see how dire things can get if you refuse to read the writing on the wall.

Leta€™s dig into what they should try to do, and why a soft rebuild makes sense.

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