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by Paul on 05/09/12 at 03:31 PM ET
from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,
“That’s something I want to put to bed right from the outset,” Quenneville said. “I love everything about our situation here in Chicago.”
But that doesn’t mean there won’t be more discontent, especially if Quenneville doesn’t get the final say in who replaces Haviland. If director of player development Barry Smith is thrust upon Quenneville again, more problems might arise.
With Quenneville’s reputation and résumé, management’s decision to send in Smith, a trusted assistant of senior adviser Scotty Bowman when he coached, to help the power play during the season was frowned upon by many around the league.
Sources also said Quenneville and Smith argued before the end of the regular season, prompting Smith to stop assisting before the playoffs. The front office, though, still wanted Smith around.
“I feel like it’s going to be my decision,” Quenneville said. “I haven’t put [Smith] on my list. I don’t have a list drawn up here at all right now. I don’t even want to speculate on any list. That process, I want to keep confidential.”
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