CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson said Tuesday that interim coach Derek King is still in the running…

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson said Tuesday that interim coach Derek King is still in the running for the full-time job.

The Blackhawks announced over the weekend that assistants Marc Crawford and Rob Cookson will not return to the organization next season. But Davidson said that didn’t affect King’s situation.

“As for Marc and Rob, we want to have a bit of a clean slate here as we enter the next regime of head coaches and coaches,” Davidson said.

Davidson, who took over as general manager when the team dropped its interim tag on March 1, said he would like to hire a head coach by mid-July.

“I don’t think you want to go too far in the offseason without knowing who your head coach is,” he said.

The Blackhawks are picking up the pieces after ending a miserable 28-42-12 season with a 3-2 overtime loss at Buffalo on Friday night.

Along with resolving the team’s training situation, Davidson is also working to fill out his front office. Jeff Greenberg was hired as associate general manager last week, coming from the Chicago Cubs to oversee the Blackhawks’ strategic systems and processes in hockey operations.

Greenberg was interviewed for the general manager position before the team decided to stay with Davidson. He reached out to congratulate Davidson after getting the job, and their relationship grew from there.

“The systems and the processes that they put in place, especially at the Cubs in Jeff’s case, were things that really appealed to me and I saw a really big value in that,” Davidson said. “And coming from where he’s coming from seeing the base building with these systems and processes in baseball, that’s just something I wanted to add.”

Davidson also faces some intriguing decisions with longtime stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The team also has an unstable goalkeeper situation.

Toews and Kane each have one year on their contracts, and the team could have extension talks with the forwards this summer. But their interest in staying during a reconstruction remains unclear.

“There’s definitely a place for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane,” Davidson said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about it. What their roles are and how they fit into things, that’s part of the dialogue we have.

The Blackhawks struggled in net after trading Marc-André Fleury to Minnesota in March, and they could improve their goaltending situation this summer. Both Kevin Lankinen and Collin Delia are eligible for free agency.

“We’re still pretty early to talk about that,” Davidson said. “We absolutely have to bring contracts into the NHL. Kevin and Collin are part of this discussion. They’re not off this list of candidates, but there are players we’ll look into in free agency and see which direction we want to go. I’m also not ruling out the trade market. You never know what comes up.


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