Chicago Blackhawks expected to hire Montreal Canadiens assistant Luke Richardson as coach, source confirms

Luke Richardson is expected to become the new head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, an NHL source confirmed to ESPN on Friday.

Richardson would replace interim coach Derek King, who went 27-33-10 after taking over from Jeremy Colliton 12 games into the season. Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Richardson was offered the head coaching job this week, sources say.

The Blackhawks are waiting for some contract details to be finalized, and Richardson is expected to be officially announced as coach next week.

Daily Faceoff first reported on Richardson’s planned hire.

Richardson, 53, was an assistant coach on the bench for the Canadiens for four seasons, working with three different head coaches. Previously, he was head coach of the Binghamton AHL Senators, the top affiliate of the Ottawa Senators, from 2012 to 2016 and worked as an assistant for Ottawa and the New York Islanders.

During the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Richardson took control of the Canadiens’ bench when coach Dominique Ducharme entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. He went 3-3 and guided the Canadiens past the Vegas Golden Knights to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Ducharme returned for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, which the Canadiens lost in five games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Richardson played 21 years in the NHL as a tough defenseman, mostly with the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers.

The move would leave the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets as the only teams without a head coach.

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