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Report: ‘Hawks to announce Quenneville extension Friday

Jul 25, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

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After leading Chicago to its second Stanley Cup in the last four seasons, Joel Quenneville is going to get rewarded.

According to multiple sources, the club is set to announce a contract extension for Quenneville on Friday, ensuring ‘Coach Q’ won’t go anywhere after his current three-year deal expires at the end of 2013-14.

The Blackhawks have already announced they’ll be holding a “major press conference” tomorrow, though the club didn’t specify what it’d be announcing.

The timing of the move is similar to Quenneville’s last extension, which came shortly after Chicago captured the 2010 Stanley Cup championship.

Though he’s only been with the Blackhawks for five seasons, Quenneville, 54, has emerged as one of the franchise’s most successful bench bosses and one of the most decorated coaches in Chicago history.

He, along with Phil Jackson (Chicago Bulls), George Halas (Chicago Bears) and Frank Chance (Chicago Cubs) are some of the few to win multiple titles with their respective teams.

In terms of Blackhawks success, Quenneville — currently second with 222 — still has a ways to go before catching franchise leader Billy Reay, who coached the ‘Hawks from 1963-76 and racked up 516 career wins.

  1. shoobiedoobin - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Most overrated coach in hockey. Proof you don’t need a great one to win. That team has made Antii Niemi, Corey Crawford and Joel Quenneville look good.

    Quenneville’s always latched on to good teams who make him look better than he is.

    • bhawksrule - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      No… Next.

    • esracerx46 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Really? Both Niemi and Crawford are trying out for their nations Olympic teams. Both were considered Vezina candidates this year. Quenneville’s knock was that he couldn’t win the cup. The Marty Shottenheimer of hockey. He’s won the cup twice in four years. Is currently 6th all time in coaching wins, and will almost certainly move into 3rd by the end of next season. But you know what, you’re right. It was always about the teams he coached. He took over a Hawks team that was going no where under Savard and turned them into the team they are now. You can’t tell me a coach, let alone one of Quenneville’s ilk doesn’t have some say in who is on his team. Saying he latched onto good teams is the same thing as saying Scotty Bowman won 400 more games than anyone else because he was coaching the Canadiens. Your statement implies that you or I could have won the Cup with that team. You must be a huge fan of Stan if you think Q is overrated

    • hawkeytown - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      “Most overrated…”? LOL, the most underrated coach by a mile. Constant line changes on the fly had the Hawks ready for any and all adjustments Q made in the playoffs, and they all worked. Calmly watched them bea the Wild before starting to stoke the fires, had the Champs firng on all cylinders by the Final!! 8-3 to close out the prior 2 Champs, Q RULES!!

      • shoobiedoobin - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        No shock here. Hawks fans upset over the truth. Stevie Wonder coulda seen this one coming. Bring on the thumbs down girls.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        sho, what rhetorical nonsense (the lame “girls” BS). You have no point with Antti. Not only is Antii a top 5 goalie, Coach Q went with him over a highly paid starter. This year he handled a potential goalie controversy with aplomb, ending up with them supporting eachother and winning the Jennings trophy.

        Won’t reiterate but fully agree with esracer and Hawkey

    • blackhawksdynasty - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Rebekah is obviously clueless…..yet another disgruntled fan of losers suffering from cup envy

    • blackhawksdynasty - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      Shoobie…..you poor sap. Clearly jealous of a great team with a great coach. How’s that Stanley Cup Envy treating you these days??? Hahaha – you actually made me laugh out loud!!! What a fool!!! LMFAO!!!!!!!

    • chicagobtech - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

      Do you *gasp* have anything *gasp* to support *gasp* your claim?

      *deep breath*

      Better. Now, where was I? Oh, yes:

      BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

    • Blackhawks5xchamps - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Hahaha wow you really are literally retarded aren’t you? You sir have no idea what you are talking about. But thats ok. With a screen name like yours who wouldn’t have guessed you would write some nonsense like this.

  2. jpat2424 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Great news !!!

  3. pr0jecktpat - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    “I’ll drink to that!” – Joel Quenneville

  4. rebekah319 - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    They only beat the wild because they had better depth anyway moving on- just gives me another reason to dislike them more. Lets see if they can be all the almighty Chicago Blackhawks in a full 82 season ( yes it bothers me that they are very cocky) so bring it…

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Not worried about a challenge next year. Hawks WILL bring it, skillfully. And you post nothing of merit. Sure they thad better depth – they developed and retained it, and had the team playing well as a two-way squad. Hawks were #2 offensively, #1 one defensively, #1 in points and +/- depth. A team that played as a team.

      Contrast that With Blasma, who despite loads of talent, oversaw a team in the bottom half defensively, and a team that Boston was able to throw off their game and not recover. Contrast that with the Hawks, down 2-1, made adjustments and won 3 straight.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      Poor Rebekah……obviously clueless…..yet another disgruntled fan of losers suffering from cup envy

  5. sjsharks66 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    @shoobie yeah because Niemi sucks? Sorry, who was a finalist for the vezina this year?

  6. jacketsfan7 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    As a pens fan , bylsma is way more overrated than quenneville

  7. jhuck92 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    And this comes only a year after some in the media said he was on the “hot seat” last summer.

  8. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    By the end of the 2016 playoffs, Coach will most likely be #2 in alltime regular season and playoff wins, trailing only Scotty Bowman in each.

  9. boyofzimmer - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Guess the cup will be staying in Chicago for a while. The city is getting pretty good at planning parades!

  10. blomfeld - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    ENJOY THE MOMENT QUENNEVILLE …

    for that which you’ve sown, shall you now come to reap !

    ****************************************************************

    LA Hessler: Tiger 1 to Tiger 2 … blow that piece of junk off the bridge !

    Tiger 2: Jawohl Herr Oberst !

    Executive Summary: the LA Kings are in position to ‘erase’ the field yet again in 2014 ! :)

  11. blackhawks2010 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Coach Q has done a great job, a great match for our talent. He’s been great at getting the most out of the team.
    Great news, congrats Q. Worth every penny!

  12. dadawg77 - Jul 26, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Success brings rewards. We all know if the Hawks would have lost one more to Detroit, Q would have been on the hot seat instead of the extension. But they didn’t.
    And while he has great talent to work with, he has implemented one of the best defensive systems in the NHL. Proving he knows how to use the talent.
    Also, since Scottie Bowman told his son to bring the Stache here, that alone us a good enough reason for anyone to think he is great coach and not overrated.

  13. sprtsfan1 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Yeah, the winningest active coach doesn’t deserve a contract extension. Anyone who thinks otherwise is plain ignorant. Who was Annti Niemi? Any Crawford doubters out there? How bout being down 3-1 to the Wings and pushing the right buttons, making the right line changes and getting the match-ups. Need anyone say more?

  14. sprtsfan1 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    And what I meant when mentioning the goalies was Q going with the right goaltender at the right time.

  15. shoobiedoobin - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    LMMFAO the peanut gallery comes flying out of the woodwork when someone questions their precious coach Q. Where were his supporters a few years ago when his teams weren’t gift wrapping him gimp championships? Yeah, that’s right, same place you clowns were a few years ago-no where. Didn’t exist. Team sucks? Watch another sport. Team starts winning? Take to your keyboards! Enjoy your gifted title lol. At least my team earns theirs.

    • shoobiedoobin - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Q should fork over a good percentage to the refs that perpetually see to it Chicago never has to face real actual adversity. They’re the Pittsburgh of their conference-every benefit of the doubt goes their way.

      Just wait a little while after this temporary smoke’s cleared. I’ll be right as usual. Everyone will be questioning Quenneville when the gravy train stops rolling and he’ll go back to his choker, overrated role.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Really getting despirate to persevere in trashing Coach Q arn’t we – a ref conspiracy! I suppose if they were playing in the KHL that could be a possibility.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        Lets see, perpetually. Hmmm, Ok the Phoenix playoff series the previous year. Andy Shaw goes in out of control behind the net to get the puck, gets there too late with no way to stop or avoid Mike Smith, and they collide. Smith does a flop and lays still for 5 minutes while the refs confer. Then when Shaw gets a major, suddenly the guy who could not move gets up, plays great the rest of the way.

        Next game, Torres takes a clear head shot at Marian Hossa, who’d been the most effective Hawk in the series, launching himself in the middle of the rink, clear view of the refs. NOTHING is called. Rather than embellishing as Smith did, Hossa is taken off in a stretcher and admitted to a local hospital. Enf season. Torres gets a 25 game SUSPENSION on review by the NHL.

        Oh yeah, the Hawks were obviously putting somethihng in the refs pocket.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      And your team is??????????

  16. kingcobraman - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    well deserved coach Q drives the Chicago bus … I think after the cup win they will be at the rest for awhile….

  17. sprtsfan1 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Shoobie, not sure who your team is, but they haven’t won twice in four years in the salary cap era. There’s only one team that’s done that and with coach Q at the helm nonetheless. Your “gift wrapping” comment just shows your complete ignorance as the Stanley Cup is the most difficult trophy to win. There is no gift wrapping a Stanley Cup Championship. So take your jealousy somewhere else.

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