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Blackhawks Q&A: Could Joel Quenneville or Stan Bowman get fired?

Coach Joel Quenneville discusses the Blackhawks' victory over the Senators on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Paul Skrbina/Chicago Tribune)

The Tribune's Paul Skrbina answers your questions.

I think we need a new goaltender this offseason. Are there any good ones in the draft, or any that might be available in other pro leagues like the KHL? — Doug E.

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A rookie goalie certainly isn't the answer. Assuming his health allows, Corey Crawford will be the Hawks' goalie next season. Not a shabby option. In the meantime, Anton Forsberg will continue to be groomed to be his backup.

Other than waiving Jeff Glass, who do you see as casualties as the season draws toward an end. Could (Joel) Quenneville and (Stan) Bowman be shown the door? — Peter

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Trade-wise, we could see players such as Tommy Wingels or Lance Bouma or Jan Rutta , all unrestricted free agents, leave. I don't see Patrick Sharp coming back next season. But I don't see any major roster or front-office shakeups happening.

So players get (benched) because they are not performing to the coaches liking. Why is it then that the upper brass can't say to Q: "Coach we think we might like to try and see if the assistant coach can get this team to get their butts moving. Take the press box for the next two nights." This team has no get up and go. They look like they are wanting the golf course. Sit the coach. — Craig

I've heard the "Fire Q" calls, but the "Bench Q" call is a new one. Not a shabby idea in theory, but impractical in reality. The Hawks' losing has way more to do with the players than the coaches.

The Blackhawks need to be called out for the silly game they are playing regarding Crawford's injury. What's the benefit to the wall of silence? — Peter

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I agree. I wrote about that here. Transparency eliminates a lot of potential problems. The Hawks aren't the only team stuck in the past when it comes to talking about injuries.

Jonathan Toews needs a wake-up. Send him to Rockford. — Joe

I don't know whether or not Jonathan Toews owns an IceHogs sweater, but that's the only way you'll ever see him in one.

What is going on with the Blackhawks this season? Not making the playoffs is not good. What do you think the team needs to get back to the playoffs next season. I think the Blackhawks need to get younger on defense and get a good backup goalie next season. And work on the power play and start scoring on it. — Keith

The Hawks need a healthy Crawford, need Toews to play like Toews, need Patrick Kane to continue being Kane, need Duncan Keith to be a bit better than Keith of this year, need Brandon Saad to be a better Brandon Saad, need the power play to have a heartbeat. They need some defensemen.

What are the NHL rules regarding teams paying for portions of contracts for players they trade. Can they agree to pay a portion of Seabrook's contract if they find a trade partner. — John in Florida

Teams can pay portions of contracts for players they trade. They also take a cap hit for that portion. Couple that with many players' no-movement clauses and trading a player such as Brent Seabrook becomes a lot more complicated.

Could the Hawks' front office approach players whose performance does not add up to their paycheck, asking them to re-negotiate their salary — allowing the team to have more cap room to bring talent? — Joe

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That would be great and honorable, but not gonna happen. There are rules in place to prevent such things.

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