It is hard to imagine a world in which the start of this season could have gone any worse for the Chicago Blackhawks. Not only has the team been embarrassed by a disturbing scandal off the ice, but they have now also failed to register even a single win in the entire month of October.
This comes in spite of the fact that now disgraced former Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman made significant acquisitions in the lead up to this season, including the addition of forward Tyler Johnson, the signing of defenseman Seth Jones to a massive long term extension, and the acquisition of reigning Vezina Trophy winning goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
There's no question that it has not made for a riveting product for fans of the organization to enjoy, but it has to be even less enjoyable for the players currently in that dressing room. Perhaps no one is having less fun however than the new faces in Chicago, those who no doubt had high expectations coming into this season on a brand new team.
Fleury recently shared his thoughts on what the experience in Chicago has been like, and unsurprisingly he didn't have a great deal of positive things to say. The veteran goaltender, who was caught off guard by the trade to the Blackhawks in the offseason, said he felt embarrassed about the way the team has performed thus far this season.
"Very frustrating, embarrassing," said Fleury as per Scott Powers of The Athletic. "Coming in, I wanted to help the team. I wanted to get some wins. We haven’t won yet. We had some hype with our team, with the new acquisitions this summer, and younger guys having a little more experience this season. We all expected more out of our team, and it’s been tough. It’s been tough to keep smiling, keep staying positive through it. But we’ll try our best with practicing trying to turn things around. We’ve got to get out of this hole, and soon."
Fleury was no doubt speaking of himself as well when making the comments, his own struggles this season have been well documented. After 5 games for the Blackhawks Fleury has a 4.63 goals against average and an .872 save percentage, not the kind of numbers the Blackhawks were hoping for when they acquired him from the Golden Knights.
To be fair to Fleury, the team has not played well in front of him either. Even when he shined against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night, recording a .973 save percentage and making 36 saves for the Blackhawks, the team failed to produce even a single goal and eventually lost 1 - 0.