UA-59049186-1 Blackhawks Fire Joel Quenneville - Good if it Goes

Blackhawks Fire Joel Quenneville

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Tuesday, the Chicago Blackhawks fired head coach Joel Quenneville. Quenneville won 3 Stanley Cups behind the Blackhawks’ bench, but since winning his last one in 2015, the Hawks have exited in the first round of the playoffs twice and then missed them altogether last year. I don’t think Quenneville was the only problem or even the main one during any of those seasons, but guys can get stale, and I think Quenneville was getting kind of stale. It sucks to see him go, but that’s the way it goes in the NHL sometimes. Replacing Quenneville will be 33-year-old Jeremy Colliton, who’s spent the last two years with the Rockford IceHogs. I’d be slightly worried about bringing in someone that young if they didn’t have a captain like Jonathan Toews, but they do, so if Colliton doesn’t work out, I don’t think that will be the reason why. There’s enough on this team to make it into the post-season and maybe make a little noise – maybe a fresh voice in the locker room will help them put it all together. If they can’t, Stan Bowman’s likely out as well. I think this move makes it pretty clear that he’s on thin ice.

As for Quenneville, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him in the NHL. He’ll be out of work only as long as he wants to be. Chicago thanks you, Joel, and best of luck in whatever’s next.

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