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Afternoon Line- Joel Quenneville

"We've got a long way to go to be proven correct in that regard. [Barkov] has a ton of talent. [Ekblad] on the back end has had a nice start to the season. Does a lot of good things, big and defends well, and offensively adds a lot to our team. [Huberdeau] is getting red-hot right now. Great playmaker, play-recognizer, patience with the puck.

"Those guys in Chicago might have done it earlier in their career where they had a lot of success, but this group has to prove it. That's the test and that's what the challenge is. We have to find a way to get to that next level to where you can say you're a proven winner. We have a long way to go."

-Joel Quenneville, head coach of the Florida Panthers.  NHL.com has more on Coach Q.

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Joel Quenneville Is The New Head Coach Of The Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallonannounced today that the team has named Joel Quenneville as head coach of the Panthers.

"Joel is a three-time Stanley Cup champion head coach who will be a transformative leader for the Florida Panthers franchise," said Tallon. "We've seized the opportunity to add one of the most successful head coaches in hockey history and we're thrilled that Joel has agreed to take on the challenge of leading our promising young team. I've worked with Joel previously and have seen firsthand how his passion for the game, head coaching experience and leadership can impact an organization. Joel will accelerate our growth into a club that qualifies for the playoffs consistently and competes every year toward our goal of winning the Stanley Cup."

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Afternoon Line- Elliotte Friedman

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Video- Morning Line - Joel Quenneville

via WGN (just under 2 minutes to watch),

Inlcuded in the video is Quenneville on his future.

 

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Rumors On Joel Quenneville Heading To Philadelphia

 

 

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Another Coaching Change, Joel Quenneville Relieved Of His Duties In Chicago

 

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Joel Quenneville Under Pressure In Chicago

from Madeline Kenney of the Chicago Sun-Times,

In short, it’s playoffs or bust this season.

It’s a lofty goal for Quenneville, who enters training camp on Friday with a young group of players surrounded by an aging core and lingering uncertainty about Crawford.

“We’re in the winning business,” Quenneville, the longest tenured coach in the NHL, said at the Hawks fan convention in July. “That’s the most exciting thing. Having a team that plays the right way and playing together as a group, playing hard, playing for one another, I think you get excited about that as well.”

There’s no doubt that Quenneville, who helped the Hawks win three Stanley Cups in six seasons, is one of the most successful coaches in the history of both the Hawks franchise and NHL. He has a Hall of Fame resume.

But after last season, something must give. And it’s fair that Quenneville, who has two seasons left on his contract, could be feeling some pressure.

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Joel Quenneville And Stan Bowman Will Return Next Season

 

added 12:38pm, Lazerus tweets,

"We’re not tethered to the past. This has been a very disappointing year and our expectations are incredibly high. We’re not going to deviate from those expectations. But I believe both Stan and Joel are the guys that are going to bring this back."

The progress of young players was a point in Quenneville's favor. McDonough: "I know at one point, that was kind of a knock on Joel, that he wasn’t proficient at coaching young players. Nothing could be further from the truth."

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Waiting On Joel Quenneville’s Future With The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Quenneville has two-years and about $12 million left on his contract, but his future is unclear. While general manager Stan Bowman has hiring and firing power, a decision of this magnitude can really only come from team president John McDonough. McDonough’s not the type to make rash decisions, and Corey Crawford’s injury would seem to give cover for both Quenneville and McDonough; after all, what team could lose its star goaltender for 47 games and still contend?

But McDonough has been conspicuous in his absence lately. He has declined repeated requests from the Sun-Times and other outlets for interviews over the past month, with the team saying this week that he won’t speak publicly until after the season. If Quenneville were definitely returning next season, McDonough could have ended the speculation easily at any point over the past two months. Every day that passes without a vote of confidence only fuels that speculation.

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Evening Line- Joel Quenneville

“The pressure shouldn’t be worrying about that (a) playoff spot is on the line tonight, like it was the first 45 games or so, but you have to play your game. … You don’t want to be out there playing a shinny game. You have to have a purpose and play with some … passion as well.”

-Joel Quenneville, head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.  Paul Skrbina of the Chicago Tribune has more on the Blackhawks.

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Video- Joel Quenneville Losses Offside Challenge And Is Not Happy About It

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

According to the league’s explanation for the decision, it was ruled that Brent Seabrook — who had fallen down while Zucker went past him — had carried the puck into his own defensive zone, thereby nullifying the offside per Rule 83.1. But the puck had merely banked off the prone Seabrook’s skate.

“He didn’t carry it and didn’t have possession, so I disagree with that ruling,” a seething Joel Quenneville said. “Plus it was offside. I mean, why didn’t he blow the whistle? Unless he knew that rule and thought he had possession? Or he thought he carried it or controlled it?”

Quenneville had no regrets about challenging the goal, even though it wound up all but deciding the game.

“I wasn’t worried about that [penalty],” Quenneville said. “I still don’t think it should have been a goal.”

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Afternoon Line- Joel Quenneville

After practice today...

 

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Only 461 Wins Needed For Joel Quenneville To Catch Scotty Bowman

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville is within sight of legendary Scotty Bowman on the National Hockey League’s all-time regular-season wins list.

Provided he uses a telescope.

Quenneville’s 782 victories, before Thursday’s Bell Centre game against the Canadiens, had him 462 behind Bowman, gazing at the latter’s far-away 1,244.

Even if they never meet atop the list, the two coaches do have a few links, beginning with the fact their maiden NHL victories were earned behind the bench of the St. Louis Blues, both coming as in-season replacements.

Bowman’s first win came with the 1967-68 expansion club, the team he would coach for 58 games that season and 238 in all through 1970-71 before his path was charted to greatness with the Canadiens, then into Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Detroit and the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Quenneville won his first with the Blues in 1996-97. Q, as he’s nicknamed by many — gratefully so, by character-squeezed headline writers — coached another six-plus seasons in St. Louis before moving on to Colorado for three.

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A Three-Year Contract Extension For Joel Quenneville

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today a three-year contract extension for Head Coach Joel Quenneville, which runs through the end of the 2019-20 National Hockey League season.

Quenneville is in his eighth season with the Blackhawks after being named the 37th Head Coach in franchise history on Oct. 16, 2008. He is the only active coach to have led a team to three Stanley Cup championships (2010, 2013 and 2015) and is currently one win shy of tying Al Arbour as the second-winningest coach in league history.

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Salary cap chatter spills into Blackhawks fan convention

The Blackhawks are holding their annual fan convention this weekend, and ahead of the event, Hawks GM Stan Bowman spoke with NHL.com's Brian Hedger regarding the state of his capped-out team...

"We've had a lot of discussions," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Friday at the Hilton Chicago prior to the start of their annual fan convention. "I think we have some ideas of what we're going to do. We've got a couple different scenarios that we are planning on doing and ultimately, which one we'll land on … in time that will come to be.

"There's been a lot of work preparing for this. Nothing's come up and surprised us, and it's only the second week of July. As a result, we're still working on it."

Bowman said bonus overages from last season, which carry over to this season's cap charges, amount to about $750,000. That makes the squeeze even tighter and the possibility of additional trades more likely.

And Joel Quenneville and Jonathan Toews spoke with the Associated Press regarding the Hawks' cap crunch:

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Five Hawks for the Hall

The Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger suggests that five members of the Chicago Blackhawks are Hockey Hall of Fame-worthy candidates already:

Joel Quenneville, the man who is third on the all-time regular-season coaching wins list and the owner of three Stanley Cup rings as head coach.

Duncan Keith, the Canadian defenceman whose trophy case continues to balloon, thanks to three Cups, the 2015 Conn Smythe as playoff MVP, two Norris Trophies as the NHL’s top defenceman, and two Olympic gold medals.

Patrick Kane, who has been a key cog in the Hawks Cup runs, scoring the title-winning goal against Philly in 2010, then setting up Keith for exact same thing in Chicago’s 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

Jonathan Toews, the valiant captain of this dynasty who himself has hoisted the Cup three times and has two Olympic gold medals as well.

And Marian Hossa, three-time Cup champion and supremely skilled two-way player who has 1,056 career points and is just 14 goals shy of 500.

With these five, along with defenceman Brent Seabrook, making up the heart-and-soul core of this team, how can anyone be surprised at the renewed success these Hawks continue to have?

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Two Distinct Coaching Styles From Jon Cooper And Joel Quenneville

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,m

Welcome to the 2015 Stanley Cup final, otherwise known as a Tale of Two Coaches.

In the Tampa corner, you have the personable Cooper, 47, who rubs shoulders with Charles Barkley, had his group’s tab picked up by actor Vince Vaughn at a Chicago steak joint last weekend, and carries with him a swagger that makes you realize just how comfortable he is in his own skin.

Quenneville, 56, is too, but in a far different way. A far nicer man than he gets credit for, especially behind the scenes, Coach Q, as some of the players call him, is far more no nonsense, a do-it-his-way-or-the-highway type who isn’t afraid to let his guys know if they aren’t performing up to par.

In that regard, both teams are reflections of their respective coaches.

The Lightning players are young, fast and, like Cooper, feel as if they can beat anyone.

Like Quenneville, the Hawks are battle-proven, determined, business-like and have established — thanks to Cups in 2010 and 13 — that they’ve already beaten anyone and everyone.

Up until now.

Now comes the real litmus test, at least where these playoffs are concerned.

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News from the Blackhawks’ morning skate prior to Game 3: Bickell, ‘TVR’ likely in

It appears that Bryan Bickell will return to the Chicago Blackhawks' lineup tonight, and Trevor Van Riemsdyk is a good bet to "draw in" as well:

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Seidenberg hits Toews from behind and a disagreement regarding intent ensues

The Chicago Blackhawks defated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Boston on Thursday night, and Jonathan Toews was reported to be okay after sustaining this hit from Dennis Seidenberg:

However, per Pro Hockey Talk's Dhiren Mahibian...

And per the Associated Press:

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Simmons talks Leafs, Quenneville and discusses tough times for ‘hockey royalty’

Amongst the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' notes:

What Leafs management likes most about Nazem Kadri — his inherent cockiness — is also what they like least. It’s good to have that when you’re producing. Kadri’s assist Friday night in Columbus was his first in 18 Toronto games, dating back to last season. ... Determined to get David Clarkson back on track this season, the Leafs coaching staff watched every game he played in his final two seasons in New Jersey this summer to get a sense of what he did well. So far, the reset, as Randy Carlyle calls it, seems to be working out just fine.

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With 712 wins, Joel Quenneville is two seasons away from moving past Al Arbour on the NHL list of all-time coaching victories. He will end up second but nowhere near Scotty Bowman’s 1,244 wins . Quenneville, by the way, began his coaching career as a playing assistant to Marc Crawford with the Leafs farm team in St. John’s.

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This is a tough time for hockey royalty: Gordie Howe, Arbour, Pat Quinn are all struggling. Wish all of them, and others we may not know about, the best. And from football, our friend, Dick Thornton, who writes via e-mail: “I’m fighting the best I can.” You can follow Tricky Dicky at http://www.coachthornton.com

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Morning Line

“If you look at how close we were, how competitive it was, it’s a tough league, it’s a tough thing to do to win the Cup. I couldn’t be prouder of our guys the way we competed. It’s a tough situation, down 3-1, and we were one shot away from going and trying to do it again.”

“I’ve lost some tough games, but nothing like tonight.”

-Joel Quenneville, head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks after last night's game,  More from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo.

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Hawks-Kings Game 7 post-game pressers

The NHL posted the players and coaches' presser transcripts after the Chicago Blackhawks lost Game 7 to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night, but the videos might better convey the tone of their comments.

First, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville took to the podium...

Then Kings coach Darryl Sutter was hilariously awkward as usual, while wearing a suit two sizes too big...

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Coach Quenneville Before Game 7

Q.  Heading into Game 5, Brandon Saad said, We need to relax.  Are you kind of sensing that same vibe, that confidence, that optimism?

COACH QUENNEVILLE:  We want the same approach.  I thought Game 5 we came into the game knowing we had a couple little changes in the lines. But I thought we had a good start to the game, good consistency to our game.  I thought we rose to the challenge of what was at stake.

I thought each and every game in the series I thought we've progressed, played better.  We needed to, as well, in those last two games.

Q.  No idea if the lineup will look the way it looked out there in lines.  Looked like the third line had a change up with Sharp and Kruger and Smith.

COACH QUENNEVILLE:  They played a lot in the last two games.  They scored a big goal for us last game.  They give us some speed, some ability to check.  I think they give us some balance, as well.

I thought the three of them worked well together two games ago.  Played together a lot.  For sure, the overtime part.

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A Quick Recap From Quenneville And Sutter

Perhaps the line of the playoffs from Darryl Sutter when asked what he said to the players after the game.

His response, "fly at 11".

Watch a quick recap from both Joel Quenneville and Darryl Sutter post-game...

added 11:22am, A second video has been added, with the quote from Sutter at the beginning of the video.

Watch it below the first video...

 

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The art of the coaches’ presser

I happen to find coaches' post-game pressers fascinating, because I believe that the personality of the coach and GM are reflected in the personality of their team (please see: the Bruins and "hard but clean" hockey). In the Western Conference, Ken Hitchcock will talk your ear off, Joel Quenneville will "make a funny" or two while maintaining an intense demeanor, and one season of John Tortorella was probably enough;

In the East, Claude Julien and Dan Bylsma will spar with the press, too many aggravating questions will get a, "See you, guys" and a walk-off from Mike Babcock (that's another intriguing wrinkle: some coaches want the dais and podium, letting the PR coordinator cut the press off at their leisure; others like to stand among the media throng and decide when the presser's over themselves; the playoffs make the latter coaches edgier because you're forced to do the formal presser set-up), Randy Carlyle's pressers are like going to a My Chemical Romance concert, circa 2005 (not that there's anything wrong with that); as you've seen with Michel Therrien and Alain Vigneault, some coaches get particularly theatrical, especially when dual-language media are involved.

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville's presser will follow this gem from Darryl Sutter (and people on the NHL media email list get these transcripts, which occasionally make us laugh, like this one did):

COACH SUTTER

Q.  It was like an eight-minute stretch in the first overtime between whistles.  From the bench, what was that sensation like?

COACH SUTTER:  Trying to get your changes in, trying to get your shifts in.  Overtime is not a real timeout unless there's a stoppage of play at the 10-minute mark.

Q.  Was this one a little more difficult knowing you were 20mins away from advancing and you didn’t get it?

COACH SUTTER:  Not really.  It's a tough building.  Damn near got it.

Q.  Any big adjustments next game?

COACH SUTTER:  You're a little premature in that.

Q.  When is the last time you saw an overtime with that much pace, basically no stoppages?

COACH SUTTER:  Well, probably every one we've had.  How many have we played this year? Two good teams.  Not going to slow down in overtime.

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Wild knot series with Blackhawks at 2 games apiece

The Minnesota Wild have pulled two fast ones on the Chicago Blackhawks, utilizing home ice to their advantage (Minnesota's 5-and-0 at home). All of a sudden, the defending Stanley Cup champs have won two consecutive games, as the AP notes:

The Minnesota Wild have turned their home ice into a deafening, discouraging place for opponents to play in the playoffs. For the second straight game, they dominated the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Jason Pominville scored in the second period off the back of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford's skate, and the Wild beat the Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night to even their Western Conference semifinal at two games apiece.

"It's been fun to play here. I don't know what it is, but we have to find a way to bring that on the road as well," said Jared Spurgeon, whose third-period goal gave the Wild a cushion for the final stretch while the fans cheered and chanted louder and louder.

"They play hard in their building, and they're good in their building, and they check well so it's tough to get momentum in here," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

Matt Cooke returned from his seven-game kneeing suspension to give the Wild a jolt, assisting on Justin Fontaine's opening goal, and Nino Niederreiter also scored.

Continued, and as Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker notes, Brandon Bollig took Keith Ballard out of the game with this hit...

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Joel Quenneville Fined $25K

NEW YORK (April 18, 2014) -- The National Hockey League has fined Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville $25,000 for inappropriate conduct during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoff First Round series against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, Apr. 17.

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

if you missed the inappropriate conduct, you can watch it here...
 

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Jonathan Toews Expected Back For The Playoffs

added 2:56pm, Coach Quenneville on the injury news and the hit on Toews, watch below...

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Blackhawks Give Quenneville A Three-Year Contract Extension

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Can Quenneville And Bowman Co-Exist?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

There is an extraordinary situation in Chicago where head coach Joel Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman now have an uneasy peace after months of conflict both in and out of the public eye.

Both Bowman and Quenneville will now go about their jobs under the demanding presence of Blackhawks president John McDonough, who does not hesitate to put the boots to anyone he finds lacking. Just ask Dale Tallon, whose thanks for putting together the team that eventually won the 2010 Stanley Cup was a one-way trip to Florida.

If the Blackhawks recover from two consecutive exits from the first round of the NHL playoffs since their Cup win, Quenneville and Bowman will live happily ever after, albeit with the odd forced grin. If not, Quenneville and maybe even Bowman will have to answer to McDonough.

The uneasy truce was necessary because the tension between Quenneville and Bowman was starting to affect the players.

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Quenneville Will Be Behind The Blackhawks Bench

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Stan Bowman doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation. What the Blackhawks general manager does do, however, is answer direct questions.

So when asked Monday if Joel Quenneville would return as the team’s coach next season — despite growing whispers that new Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin would somehow orchestrate things so his close friend would leave the Hawks and join him as Montreal’s coach — Bowman said he was committed to Quenneville.

“Yeah, I think we made that clear at the end of the year, that we’re trying to look forward and get better as a group,” Bowman told the Tribune. “But I don’t talk about rumors. I haven’t and I don’t want to start now.”

Just to clarify, the question was broached again if Bowman anticipated Quenneville, whose contract runs through 2013-14, coaching the Hawks next season. The GM chuckled and said: “Yes.”

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Video- The Hotstove Talks Next Coach In Montreal

First, Ron MacLean believes Giroux will be suspended. 

Then, in a perfect world the next Habs coach could be Joel Quenneville.

Also mentioned as a coaching candidate is Marc Crawford.

Mike Gillis meets with the Vancouver owner tomorrow to discuss the future of the Canucks, including the coach.

Also some discussion on the Predators plus will the NHL look at the puck shot over the glass, should it go to video review?

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Quenneville Hit With $10K Fine

NEW YORK (April 19, 2012)—Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has been fined $10,000 for public comments critical of the officiating in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night in Chicago, the National Hockey League announced today.

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

The two video below are probably what caused the fine against Quenneville.

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All Joel Quenneville

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

In the midst of the Blackhawks’ current nine-game road trip, during which they lost five consecutive games (dropping seven straight overall), the Tribune sat down with coach Joel Quenneville for a exclusive interview touching on subjects ranging from the team’s recent poor play to the current state of the roster, the pressure to win, his health, the goaltending and individual players.

Do you have the goaltending to win the Cup?

Absolutely. I like our goaltending. (Corey) Crawford last year had a special year. This year, his sophomore year, he hasn’t been as consistent or at that level but he has played some strong games for us. His goaltending hasn’t been the problem.

Ray (Emery), every game he has given us a chance. He has done a good job.

How’s the morale in the room?

Nobody’s happy. Angry sometimes could be the word. Frustrated, disappointed and sometimes quiet. Whether your heads are down or up there has to be some confidence quietly inside us all that we want to be out there and doing the right things. We want to be put in situations where you can excel. We want to encourage offensive plays and doing the right things.

Managing the puck in the right areas is what we want to continue to do. We were going along very confidently at times thinking everything was good. This should definitely get our attention to play the right way, which we have to do.

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Afternoon Line

There is enough concern about the state of Chicago’s team that Quenneville’s job security could be in some danger.

Think it can’t happen? This is the NHL. Peter Laviolette won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006 and was fired in 2008. John Tortorella won the Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004 and was axed three seasons later. Bob Hartley won it with Colorado in 2001, went to Game 7 of the Western finals in 2002, and was canned 31 games into the ‘02-03 season. Randy Carlyle won the Cup with Anaheim in 2007, and now he’s looking for work.

Quenneville has a contract that runs through the 2013-14 season, but money is about the only thing it guarantees. The pressure is always high on coaches in a league where financial profit usually only comes with a playoff berth. Quenneville is not immune to such reality. If his team’s current six-game losing streak (0-5-1) continues, and the postseason starts to look at all like the dicey proposition it was last year, sources close to the situation tell SI.com that a change behind the bench is possible.

-Adrian Dater of Sports Illustrated where you can read more on the Blackhawks.

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Evening Line

“They were better in all areas, whether it was physical, special teams or 5-on-5.  I was disappointed with it across the board. It was an ugly game.”

-Joe Quenneville, head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks after losing 6-2 to Vancouver tonight.  More Chicago reaction from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald.

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Coach Q. Resting At Home

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Blackhawks released the following statement regarding Head Coach Joel Quenneville:

Blackhawks head team physician Dr. Michael Terry:

“Joel was released from the hospital today and is resting comfortably at home. We will continue to monitor him and still anticipate a full recovery. We are working to determine when it is best for him to return to his coaching duties”

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Joel Quenneville Hospitalized

Numerous reports stating Coach Q suffered severe pain last night and went to the emergency room.  He is stable and not a cardiac issue.

added 11:52am, via Blackhawks.com,

Blackhawks head team physician Dr. Michael Terry:

“Joel presented severe discomfort late last night at his home in suburban Chicago. He went to the emergency room and was admitted early this morning. He is currently in stable condition and is being treated for an undisclosed health concern today, not of cardiac nature. Further testing is ongoing and we will provide an update when possible.”

Blackhawks Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman:

“Acting as head coach tonight in Joel’s absence will be assistant coach Mike Haviland. We certainly wish Joel a speedy recovery and we will do everything possible to support him and his family throughout the process.”

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Morning Line

“I’m not happy at all.  I thought it was a terrible game. Brutal. From the start we just got outworked very noticeably. Maybe you get Kane and Hossa back and we think it’s going to be easy again. We have to get rid of that cutesy stuff.”

-Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville after losing to the Blues.  More from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

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Coach Q Getting A New Contract

via TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks have called a news conference for Thursday afternoon to announce that the club has signed head coach Joel Quenneville to a contract extension.

Quenneville was entering the final year of a contract he signed in at the start of the 2008-09 season, when he replaced Denis Savard behind the bench.

The Blackhawks will be streaming the announcement today at 3:30pm ET if you want to watch it.

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Extend The Contract Of Coach Q?

from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,

The Blackhawks might have one more contract to attend to before the upcoming hockey season gets busy. Don’t worry, this one won’t count against the salary cap.

Joel Quenneville is about to enter the final season of his contract, which he signed four games into the 2008-2009 campaign. While it’s been a long time since a Hawks coach has had a second contract with the team, this seems like a no-brainer.

Quenneville is 97-44-19 in the regular season and 25-14 in the postseason with the Hawks, and the next time he sees the Stanley Cup he should be able to see his name etched on it as a head coach. His .666 winning percentage in the regular season is tops among all 37 coaches the Hawks have employed in their existence.

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Coach QuennevIlle After Game 5

Transcript of media Q & A…

Q.  Coach, you made a significant line change tonight.  How important was that to the victory?

      COACH QUENNEVILLE:  I thought we had good energy right from the outset.  Great pace.  Had speed on all the lines.  I think there was some balance as far as offensive ability, reliability defensively.  Kept that pace from start to finish.

      And I think it was a good start, and I think we kept going and we made it a little interesting, more than we would have liked, but I like the speed in our game.

      Q.  Coach, was that your best first period of the postseason so far?

      COACH QUENNEVILLE:  For sure, for me.  And I thought that was the pace that we have been looking for this whole series.  Had something to build off of for sure.

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Another Victory For Quenneville

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

There is something about Joel Quenneville, this close to his first Stanley Cup as a head coach, that exudes calm, control, and a sharp sense of confidence.

But two wins away from the largest prize of his hockey life, it also represents for him, for anyone who has ever suffered any kind of mental setback, one of the great unspoken comebacks in hockey history.

To understand Quenneville today, you have to go back to yesterday. Six years ago at the world hockey championships, Quenneville was supposed to coach Team Canada. But just one day before the tournament was to begin, there were already concerns about his erratic behaviour. And in a brief interview scrum with Canadian reporters, it was clear that Quenneville was not himself. He spoke, in what those who were there refer to as “gibberish.” Hockey Canada called it exhaustion then and now. Some said he had a mental breakdown of sorts. Looking back, he calls it stress and insomnia.

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Morning Line

“You hit a guy without the puck, you can kill a guy.  It’s the most dangerous hit in the history of the game. And he tried to hurt him. If that’s not intent, that’s as bad a hit that you can ever have in the game.”

-Chicago coach Joel Quenneville talking about the hit on Brent Seabrook.  More at Ducks Blog (pointing to the home page) and also at Between the Circles.

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Keep You Day Job Joel

Quenneville sings at Wrigley!

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Coach Quenneville Today

Q. Will Marty and Nik be game-day decisions?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: They’re day-to-day. They’re both coming on the trip. We’ll get a better assessment tomorrow’s skate.

        Q. How do you personally approach this game tomorrow night? We’ve heard the players say you can only win one game at a time. After what happened Sunday, how do you approach it?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: Well, I think our focus is that we have to play our best game going forward. There are some areas as we progress in the series where we’ve had good stretches against them.

        But at the start of the series, we’re talking about we have to play perfect hockey. We have to be at our best. All elements of our game have to be in order and effective. We’re looking at it as small picture, shift to shift. Only the one game is our approach.  I just think that for the last game, it’s easy to get excited about the next game because not much happened that was good in our favor.

        I just think that we had a couple of strong games in Detroit where we were close and we know we got to be better. So I think there’s a little bit of excitement going in there tomorrow. But we’re only looking at the small picture.

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Quenneville Fined $10,000

From the CP via TSN:

The National Hockey League has fined Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville US$10,000 for criticizing the officiating in Game 4 of the Western Conference final.

Quenneville fumed over a roughing call against defenceman Matt Walker during a scrum as the first period ended Sunday.

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Quenneville Press Conference

Q. You made some comments last night that were fairly pointed about officiating, how it changed the game. A day later, do you feel any differently?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: No. What happened happened. We want to move on. I know that what I said yesterday, it’s over with and done with. We’ll handle what we’re gonna be facing on Wednesday.

        Q. There are times when things like that get said in an effort to take the pressure off the team. Was that in any way part of it?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: That’s tough to say. I think after games, sometimes you’re more emotional than other games. We have a young team. We’ve overcome a lot. The nice thing about our group, we seem to just move on and handle the next challenge. We obviously have a huge challenge ahead of us.

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Blackhawks Coach Quenneville Today

Q. What is the update on Khabi and Havlat?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: Khabi is doing better today. We’ll see how he presents tomorrow. But good progress.

        And Marty, as well. I thought Marty really looked good today. Hopefully he progresses today in the same fashion for tomorrow and a chance he could play tomorrow.

        Q. What did you think on the hit on Havlat?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: It’s a dangerous hit. Same stance as I had last night. You know, he didn’t touch the puck. The guy left his feet. You know, it was a tough hit.

        Q. Will Khabibulin possibly start tomorrow?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: We’ll see. We’ll make that determination tomorrow.

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Chicago Coach Quenneville After Game 1

Q. Surprised at all at the quality of chances those guys were able to generate against Seabrook and Keith?

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: I think both teams had a number of chances, high quality chances. We’ve got to be way better than that today. I didn’t like our game. We have to be - we got to play perfect hockey. Today we certainly, even though we were at 2-2 in the third, even though we probably would love to be there at that stage of the game, we’ve got to be better.

        Q. Your best penalty killer needs to be your goalie. Can you talk about Nikolai’s play tonight.

        JOEL QUENNEVILLE: I think our best penalty killing is going to be staying out of the box. They’re dangerous. He had a couple key saves there in the second, held us in the game.

        But I think their power play has so many looks and weapons on it that trying to stay out of the box, but certainly we’re going to need our goaltender to make some key saves, and he did there today.

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