The Blackhawks had their end of the season press conference at the United Center and the mood around the room was dissatisfaction that they won’t be in the playoffs, but hopefulness about being able to bounce back next year.
Head coach Jeremy Colliton:
“Really feel better about how the team was doing at the end as opposed to the beginning. And I think that truly, we want to win, we want to get into the playoffs, we want to still be playing, it’s disappointing not to be. We felt we were on our way and had an opportunity. I feel ultimately the progress, we got better and we got some fundamentals to work on going into next year. We will persist in making progress, but we’re not starting from the beginning and that’s good.
“Got a chance to build relationships with all these dudes and they feel me and I feel them and just think it will let us have a much better start. Finally, it was too large a hole to crawl out in December. But I think we’re in the place to do plenty of work in the offseason in training camp and here to have a much better start in the new season.”
Captain Jonathan Toews:
“You want to have a positive outlook as to where things are heading. But you’ve got to be real too as far as where you have to develop, where you have to do better. At the end of the day, we were on the hunt. We had a chance to win games to get into the playoffs.
It’s easy to say what happened at the beginning of the season, if that would have been any different, we’d be in a different place right now. But we’re not happy one way or another. You have to learn all you can from the situation and let it be that encouraging factor that makes you better next year.”