Despite a down season for the Blackhawks, head coach Jeremy Colliton is expected to return next season. Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

While this season has been a disappointing one for the Chicago Blackhawks, it doesn’t appear as if any front-office changes are on the horizon. Team chairman Rocky Wirtz told Scott Powers of The Athletic that team president John McDonough, GM Stan Bowman and head coach Jeremy Colliton are all expected to return for next season.

The Blackhawks (32-30-8) currently sit in the basement of the Central Division and barring a significant expansion of the playoff pool, they will miss the postseason for the third straight year.

Powers notes that Bowman’s last announced contract extension took him through 2020-21, so if there hasn’t been anything signed since then, he’ll be entering the final year of his deal.

McDonough wouldn’t comment on whether or not a new contract for Bowman is already in place.

There is more to report from the Western Conference:

  • Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom has fully recovered from his knee injury, GM Jim Benning acknowledged in an appearance on Sportsnet 650 (audio link). With Vancouver on the outside looking in at a wild-card spot (tied with Nashville but they hold the tiebreaker), that’s good news for any potential stretch run. Benning also reiterated his desire to get the pending unrestricted free agent signed to a contract extension. However, with next year’s salary cap in question given everything that has happened these past few weeks, it’s unlikely there will be much in the way of negotiations in the next little while.
  • Flames prospect Filip Sveningsson confirmed to Simon Holm Stalhand of Hockey Sverige that he has been released from his SHL team in Oskarshamn, Sweden. The winger was a seventh-round pick in 2017 after a strong showing offensively at the junior level. However, that has yet to carry over to the pros as injuries and general ineffectiveness limited him to just two goals and two assists in 29 SHL games this season. Sveningsson indicated that some other teams in Sweden have shown interest but if Calgary has any plans on signing him (they have until June of 2021 to do so), this would be a good opportunity to bring him over to North America.

This article first appeared on Pro Hockey Rumors and was syndicated with permission.



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Wayne Gretzky
801 / DET / 1962
Gordie Howe
766 / WAS / 2003
Jaromir Jagr
741 / STL / 1996
Brett Hull
731 / LA / 1982
Marcel Dionne
717 / BOS / 1974
Phil Esposito
708 / NYR / 1991
Mike Gartner
698 / WAS* / 2016
Alexander Ovechkin
694 / NYR / 1995
Mark Messier
692 / DET / 1996
Steve Yzerman
690 / PIT / 1995
Mario Lemieux
684 / ANA / 2006
Teemu Selanne
668 / LA / 1999
Luc Robitaille
656 / DET / 2002
Brendan Shanahan
640 / NJ / 1997
Dave Andreychuk
625 / COL / 2002
Joe Sakic
625 / CAL / 2012
Jarome Iginla
610 / CHI / 1970
Bobby Hull
608 / DET / 1994
Dino Ciccarelli
601 / LA / 1992
Jari Kurri
577 / PIT / 2007
Mark Recchi
573 / NYI / 1986
Mike Bossy
564 / TOR / 2006
Mats Sundin
564 / NJ / 2003
Joe Nieuwendyk
561 / DAL / 2007
Mike Modano
561 / SJ* / 2017
Patrick Marleau
560 / MON / 1983
Guy Lafleur
556 / BOS / 1975
Johnny Bucyk
549 / CAR / 2002
Ron Francis
548 / CHI / 1992
Michel Goulet
544 / MON / 1957
Maurice Richard
541 / CHI / 1977
Stan Mikita
538 / STL / 2008
Keith Tkachuk
533 / MON / 1973
Frank Mahovlich
525 / CHI / 2016
Marian Hossa
524 / NYI / 1990
Bryan Trottier
522 / DET / 2000
Pat Verbeek
518 / STL / 1996
Dale Hawerchuk
515 / COL / 2005
Pierre Turgeon
513 / SJ / 2007
Jeremy Roenick
512 / BUF / 1986
Gilbert Perreault
507 / MON / 1971
Jean Beliveau
503 / CHI / 2006
Peter Bondra
502 / PIT / 1997
Joe Mullen
500 / CAL / 1989
Lanny McDonald

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