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‘Hawks, Coach Q to work on contract extension

Jul 12, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

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Whether Joel Quelleville was ever in real danger of losing his job last year was never quite clear to us. There were plenty of rumors that the Blackhawks would go in a different direction following back-to-back first-round exits, but in the end, it was still Quenneville behind the bench last month when Chicago won its second Stanley Cup in four years.

Unlike last offseason, the talk this time around involves a contract extension.

“We’re going to work on that,” said ‘Hawks general manager Stan Bowman, per CSN Chicago. “It’s always good to get those things done in the summertime and clear the deck and focus on hockey in the fall.”

Quenneville has one year left on his current deal.

“He’s done a tremendous job leading the team, and there’s no one else I’d rather have coaching this group,” said Bowman. “He’s demonstrated a great ability to understand what it takes to win. He’s got a proven track record, and players respond to him. We’re excited about that and hope to continue it.”

  1. blackhawks2010 - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Best Coach in NHL, lock up Q!

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Some things to consider (favorable). Looking at the last 5 years, Hawks have the 5th best regular season average finish, and at the end of next year, I fully expect that they will be #2. Teams they trail are Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Washington and San Jose. But they have the best combined playoff W/L record of the 5 by far.

    By the end of the next two years, I expect that coach Q will end up with the 2nd most season and playoff wins, trailing only Scotty Bowman.

  3. bigoldorcafromvan - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    It hurts me to do this again but Congrats Quinny and the Hawks on their season last year but it was impressive. and in the last 4 years winning the cup twice is impressive. What really makes me laugh is the Chicago Fans that post on these sites that I would say 90% of them were calling for Quinvilles head and running him out of town going into the 5th game of the Detroit series. Jumping the wagon that fast must have hurt….Just saying.

  4. hammerhead5573 - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    I guess I never saw people calling for his firing. 2 cups in 4 years is pretty darn good and at least one of the 2 years they didn’t win had nothing to do with him . The press calling for his head is different from the fans. The Chicago press is worse than New York.

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Questioning coaching decisions like suiting up Bollig and splitting the Kane/Toews/Bickell line is exactly the same as wanting him fired, Hammer. Keep up.

      /sarc.

      • hammerhead5573 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        @comeonnowguys and do you remember how many fans from the opposing team came on PHT saying how Q was being out coached and everything else under the sun. Yet at the end of every series some of those same knuckleheads were nowhere to be found. It was especially seen during the beginning of the Detroit series and after game 2 of the Boston series.

  5. mattyg89 - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Q’s job was in danger beaches of the special teams last year and that stupid feud between him and Bowman. Bowman tried to step in and take over the bench which was wrong. Gettin rid of Q would be not only a horribly bad move, but it woul anger so many of the players that they would probably start to jump ship. First team to twin 2 cups in the salary cap era. That deserves a long term contract.

  6. Exiled1 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    As a fan I’d be pissed if were let go. Mustache Rides For Everyone!

  7. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    2nd best playoff record last 5 years

  8. mm1022714 - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    @comenowquys…. Questioning Coach Q on splitting the Kane/Toews/Bickell line by the Chicago media was proven to be a faux pas when it was revealed that Bickell injured his ACL in the previous series and could not go full-balls-out with the gazelle’s. Once “healed” enough, he was back on the top line & you and Tuuka saw the damage he did! Bollig was a game 1 start as ALL media painted the Bean-town boys as the 2nd coming of the Broad Street Bullies. YOU need to Keep Up… Also @endusersol213: In your Kruger Signing 2-yr. comments, you misspelled 2 of the Hawks names. Before you act like your Barry Melrose with expert analysis, get a program!

    • hammerhead5573 - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      I’m going to assume you are new to PHT. Comeonenow was being sarcastic. Furthermore, it was only learned after the SCF that Bickel was hurt and that was the reason for the split. Many people were questioning the use of Bolig (who has only one purpose in the NHL) rather than a very speedy but stubborn Stahlberg. Your comment about the media is spot on though.

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