(670 The Score) The Blackhawks have tabbed Canadiens assistant Luke Richardson to be their new head coach, according to multiple reports Friday. The team is expected to make a formal announcement next week.
Richardson, 53, had a 21-year year NHL playing career as a defenseman. He had been a Canadiens assistant since 2018. Prior to that, he worked for the Islanders and Senators. He also has head coaching experience in the AHL.
The Blackhawks are coming off an ugly season in which they amassed 68 points, the sixth-fewest in the NHL. Chicago fired coach Jeremy Colliton in early November and appointed Derek King as the interim coach.
The Blackhawks are open to King remaining on staff if he and Richardson are aligned in that regard, but the team will also allow King to pursue any other opportunities he desires, the Athletic reported.