Coach Joel Quenneville Deserves Some Credit for the Blackhawks’ Success

July 28th, 2010 by Tyler Juranovich Leave a reply »

I'll admit it—when the Blackhawks fired Dennis Savard two years ago, my first reaction was one of astonishment. 

My question was: "How can you fire a coach who, while it wasn't a great year, brought the 'Hawks oh-so-very close to the playoffs last season, and, not to mention, is a Blackhawks great?" 

The Hawks seemed to be on the rise when the 2008-2009 season began, but only after four games they had a new head coach. 

His name was Joel Quenneville.

I was a bit skeptical at first, because the Hawk players had come to love and respect Savard very much, and pulling the rug from underneath them didn't seem like such a good idea. 

But to my surprise, after watching how Quenneville coaches and manages his team, I grew to love the man, and so did the players. 

The thing that makes Quenneville such a great coach is his ability to adapt to a situation that's really not in his favor. 

When the 'Hawks are not doing so hot, or they're lacking in offense or defense, Quenneville changes the pairings or lines a little to help restore the natural balance. More ...

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