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“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.
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...
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.
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...
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):
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.
Contrast that one with Quenneville's:
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.
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...
added 2:56pm, Coach Quenneville on the injury news and the hit on Toews, watch below...
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.
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.”
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?
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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”
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
Quenneville sings at Wrigley!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
...The rest of the story is how Quenneville, five years ago at this time, had just been fired from his first NHL head-coaching job and had been chosen to coach Canada at the World Hockey Championships in Prague.
The trip began with an exhibition game in Budapest, Hungary, where he called the Czech Republic “Czechoslovakia” and made a few other minor international hockey gaffes at a press conference where he clearly did not look comfortable.
In a mixed zone with myself and two other Canadian scribes in Prague he was very upset before excusing himself after about two minutes. He ended up in hospital that night where he stayed for two days before being sent home after having suffered a mental breakdown, leaving assistant coach Mike Babcock to take over and coach the team to a gold medal.
It was explained that he’d never been to Europe before, couldn’t sleep and combined with coaching Canada on the big ice in a foreign environment, was overwhelmed by the stress.
“It was stress, but it was job-to-job stress,” he said in a one-on-one interview with Sun Media, agreeing to speak to a subject he’s avoided speaking to before.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
We often talk about “the missing piece” when it comes to Stanley Cup puzzles. That one, elusive block to complete the tower, the one snapshot to complete the image.
Usually it’s a player, a puck-moving defenseman, a shut-down forward, a power-play specialist.
Sitting on a bench near the Tampa harbor is the man who may well be the Chicago Blackhawks’ missing piece. He’s 50 years old with a graying mustache and a steely glare and three teenage children.
Joel Quenneville won’t score a goal for the Hawks and he won’t block a shot, but he is the man who holds the key to a team and a city aching to win its first playoff series since 1996.
via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,
The deal wasn’t finalized until Wednesday, but Hawks GM Dale Tallon said after the 3-0 win over Edmonton at the United Center that Joel Quenneville signed a three-year contract earlier in the day.
Quenneville’s deal will keep him behind the bench at least through the 2010-11 season while Tallon is signed only through next year.
“Maybe it should have been a five-year deal,” Tallon joked after watching the Hawks dominate the Oilers
From Chris Kuc at the Chicago Tribune:
With the hiring of Joel Quenneville as Savard’s replacement, some of the focus of the rest of the management team, consisting of Wirtz, McDonough and senior adviser Scotty Bowman, likely will shift to Tallon.
“I can handle it,” Tallon said of the scrutiny. “That’s what we’re in this business for. As John has said, this is a big boys table, a big boys club. We’re here to win. I’m going to give it my all.”
The Hawks have made three coaching changes since Tallon was named the eighth general manager in team history June 21, 2005. Tallon’s first act was to let coach Brian Sutter go. His replacement, Trent Yawney, was dumped Nov. 27, 2006.
Update 1:36pm ET: Blackhawks press release on new additions to coaching staff—
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the addition of Marc Bergevin as an assistant coach on Joel Quenneville’s staff. Bergevin, 43, is currently in his third season in the Blackhawks front office, having previous served on the scouting staff, which includes his most recent stint as the director of professional scouting. The Montreal native joins John Torchetti, Mike Haviland and goaltending coach Stephane Waite as the fourth member on Quenneville’s staff.
from the CP via TSN,
Former Colorado Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville is due in court next month on a drunken driving charge.
Police in the Denver suburb of Lone Tree say Quenneville was stopped around 8 p.m. Friday for driving without his headlights on. After further investigation, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and failure to use headlights.
Sgt. Dan Seaman says Quenneville’s license was confiscated after he refused to take a chemical test.
from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
Joel Quenneville is the man Snow should hire. He is fresh off a three-year stint with the Avalanche, having gone 131-92-23 but let go because his team was swept out of the second round by the Cup-bound Red Wings. Losing in the second round is no indictment around here. Quenneville did coach a banged-up, patched-together roster to a first-round win, something no Islanders coach has done since Arbour did it in 1993.
He is known to be a teacher, defensive specialist and friend of Barry Trotz, the Predators coach whose longtime partnership with his general manager is the model Snow wants to replicate.
From Mark Purdy at the Mercury News,
We now have definitive proof that San Jose is a hockey town.
Earlier this week, a civilian spotted Joel Quenneville on the streets of our fair city. And actually recognized Quenneville. And tipped off a Mercury News columnist about it.
Quenneville is the former coach of the Colorado Avalanche, as of earlier this month. And unless he was here to visit the Winchester Mystery House or shop at Santana Row, odds are that Quenneville was interviewing for the Sharks’ vacant coaching job.
In fact, the Mercury News received multiple confirmations of Quenneville’s presence in San Jose. Pretty impressive feat by our citizen journalists. Quenneville is hardly the NHL’s most famous face.
continued… with more San Jose Sharks coaching speculation
From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post,
Roy, who retired in 2003 with the Avs, has coached the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League since then. Speculation has begun that he might be ready to return to the NHL with the Avs behind the bench.
“Am I interested? Right now I am very happy in Quebec with the Remparts. I really haven’t thought about one day making the move to the NHL. Right now this is only a rumor or speculation,” Roy told RDS.
But Roy seemed to leave a little wiggle room that he might be interested.
“We’ll see what’s going to happen. Francois Giguere will certainly have a list of candidates that he would like to meet.”
Note: Reported earlier today, coach Joel Quenneville was informed his contract won’t be renewed
From the Colorado Avalanche:
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Joel Quenneville will not return to coach the team next season.
“After meeting with Joel, we mutually agreed that the best decision for both parties involved is to go separate ways,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “On behalf of the organization, I want to thank Joel for his years of service and wish him the best in his coaching career.”
Update 2:02pm ET: Previously noted on KK—Rick Sadowski at the Rocky Mountain News saw this coming yesterday.
Update 2:36pm ET: As a commenter noted below, my saying that Quenneville was fired was an inaccurate way of posting this news. In truth, his contract was up and simply not renewed.
added 4:19pm (Paul), from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
Quenneville, who won the NHL’s Jack Adams Trophy as top coach for 1999-00, will undoubtedly be in the running for bench boss openings in Ottawa, Toronto, Florida and Atlanta. He’ll almost certainly find work by the beginning of next season, as he wasn’t seen to be the primary problem with an injury-riddled roster still a couple years away from true Cup contention.
Update 7:11pm: Patrick Roy for the job, anyone?
from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,
I spoke with Giguere the day after the season ended and, except for saying that he’d welcome Joe Sakic back “with open arms,” wouldn’t comment specifically about any player or coach.
Frankly, I didn’t get the feeling that he was too enthusiastic about Quenneville.
No announcements have been made since then, which leads me to believe Quenneville has coached his last game for the Avalanche. His contract expires at the end of June, but I doubt Giguere will wait that long before making an official announcement.
Seems to me, if Giguere wanted Quenneville back, a new deal would already have been struck.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Some days, they’re in a playoff spot. Some days, they’re out of it, period.
“I think we’re a ways away from finding out how good we are,” Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said this week. “I don’t think we’ve had any consistency at the top of our game to clarify that identity and find out how good we can be. We’ve had some stretches where we’ve been good and sporadic games where we’ve been at our best. It’s still a motivation to be able to capture that at a consistent level.”
Some of the Avalanche’s problems, but not all of them, can be laid at the crease of goalies Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj, who have been so-so at best and often worse.
from the Denver Post,
Arnason is just one of several Avalanche forwards hoping to bust out of a slump. Joe Sakic hasn’t scored in 10 games, former Oiler Ryan Smyth hasn’t scored in four straight and has one goal in his past nine, and Paul Stastny is scoreless in his past four games.
“I don’t want to just look to Arnie for contributions in Edmonton, but he really does seem to have the special touch when we play them,” Avs coach Joel Quenneville said. “Whether it’s Arnie or someone else, we need more production than, obviously, the one goal a game.”
From Aaron J. Lopez at the Rocky Mountain News,
For nearly three decades, Joel Quenneville has been wielding a stick and some blades in the NHL, first as a player, then as a coach. If all goes as expected, when he stands behind the Avalanche bench Jan. 9 in Washington, he will join Jacques Lemaire and Bob Pulford as the only people in NHL history to coach and play in at least 800 games (Quenneville played 803 games in 13 seasons).
While Quenneville takes pride in the personal milestone, his mind is focused on guiding the Avalanche to the playoffs after missing the postseason for the first time since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995.
continued… (*a short Q&A session with the Avs coach)