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Blackhawks GM is “very confident” in coach Quenneville

Feb 13, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

Stan Bowman AP

To all those wondering if Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will be fired, stop wondering. Chicago general manager Stan Bowman is “absolutely” sure of that, reports

“That’s not the concern for me at all. I’m very confident in Joel’s ability, our coaching staff’s ability,” Bowman said today.

The ‘Hawks have lost eight in a row, a stretch that’s seen them outscored 35-15. Thus, all the wondering about Quenneville’s job security. However, Bowman isn’t concerned that the coach’s message is being lost on the players.

“These players are on board with us,” said Bowman. “They believe in this group (of coaches). We’re not far. We need to get this turned around, but we’re not far from making it work.”

Chicago is in Nashville tomorrow to face a Predators team that’s 17-7-4 at home. After that, it’s a visit to Madison Square Garden to play the Rangers (18-6-2 at home.)

PS — Bowman also commented on his team’s struggling goalie tandem as the Feb. 27 trade deadline approaches: “We’re not focused on goaltending. We’re really not.”

source:  In a related story, Bowman isn’t being defensive…. You’re the one that’s being defensive. Why is it always the other person who’s being defensive? Have you ever asked yourself that? Why don’t you ask yourself that?

  1. broadstbully33 - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Dumb article

  2. yettyskills - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Chicago fans should breathe a sigh of relief

  3. balewsquare - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Oh man the end of this article is just sooo good!

  4. howiehandles - Feb 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    How about a no confidence vote for Stan? Has me made a deal yet that worked out for the Hawks?

  5. hsnepts - Feb 13, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Quenneville’s time is up. He’s a great coach, and this slide is not his fault, but he has moved around quite a bit for a reason. Don’t forget, this talented team barely made the playoffs last year. They are better than that. The players need a new voice.

    Offense is alot about individual talent, whereas team defense is coached. This team can’t keep the pucks out of their net, and that’s coaching. Its not a goaltending issue. Teams like Phoenix, Nashville and few others are winning more with less talent than Chicago.

    Also, then the nucks can hire Quenn and win the cup.

    • pens919209 - Feb 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      You can’t coach talent… but a coach can most certainly implement strategies that lead his team to good scoring chances. A coach’s job includes figuring out what kind of talent he has and installing a style of play that enables his team to play to the best of its ability. So, actually, offense is something that can be coached, just like defense… you don’t emphasize play in one end of the ice and hope the other works itself out.

      Also, how is the team’s defense not Quenneville’s fault if team defense is a coaching issue? I’m kind of scratching my head over that one.

  6. yettyskills - Feb 13, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    What you call “talented” I call 2 lines deep with no 3rd or 4th line worth mentioning, with a defense that is 3 deep at best. Also a “top” player like Kane (overated) is nearly as useless as Roy or Semin without the puck. With a 2nd year questionable goalie.

    Very talented core
    No depth
    Not that talented as a group

    Come playoff time how are the Blackhawks 3rd and 4th supposed to deal with what the Wings, Bruins and Canucks are putting out as their 3’s and 4’s?

    • chiadam - Feb 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      I think the core is the biggest problem. The Hawks don’t stink because Mayers, Frolik, Bickell, Scott and O’Donnell stink. They stink because Kane, Keith, Hossa, Toews, Seabrook and Sharp stink (or have stunk during this skid). The stars are the ones that literally refuse to block a shot or take the body. The only guy that plays a physical brand of hockey among the forwards is Andrew Shaw.

  7. chiadam - Feb 13, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Little Bowman is also confident in Crawford and Emery, so…yep. He doesn’t know what he’s doing.

  8. kibbee2545 - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    How are we ever going to beat the Wings

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