Holy shit! Good morning to ya on this Tuesday, what the hell just happened in Chicago? Need more details than this, why was Quenneville fired? The 22-year tenured head coach and Blackhawks head coach for the last 11 years gets the boot. Quenneville has coached the Blackhawks for 797 games posting a 452-259-96 record accumulating 1000 points total. Quenneville has won three Stanley Cups in Chicago and has been one of the more storied coaches in the NHL.
How big of a mistake was this for Chicago?
HUGE, what good is this going to do to a team that is already young, struggling and transitioning into a new identity in the league. Quenneville has been with this core for nearly 11 years and now they are to bring in a new face that is going to shake things up and make the Blackhawks a playoff team? Doubtful if Quenneville could not get this team and this roster to the playoffs, highly unlikely Jeremy Colliton does a better job.
What was this decision caused from?
Well, a lot of speculation came around Stan Bowman and the hockey operations team in Chicago that they had some tension with Quenneville. Nothing is sure, but Bowman has made some questionable roster decisions lately. Moving Artem Panarin, moving Richard Panik for Anthony Duclair last season which resulted in Duclair and both Panik leaving the team this season. Moving Ryan Hartman last season for near to nothing, moving Trevor Van Reimsydk as well as Vinnie Hinostroza last season, moving Michael Kempny last season, Scott Darling, Teuvo Teravainen, Andrew Ladd. Some questionable draft picks over the last five-years. It seems this move was a move from higher ups to blame and point fingers for all their terrible decisions and Quenneville was the guy to blame and the easy out in all this. Therefore Bowman pointed the fingers at Quenneville and used him as the fall out guy to Blackhawks struggles lately.