Everyone with even the smallest sports knowledge knew this day was coming. Most of us though it wouldn’t be this soon. Sure there are some who have been calling for this for a few seasons. Even as he was leading the team to their third Stanley Cup. The same people wanted to trade Kane, and Toews too. I felt Q had at least one more year to see if things were turning around. 15 games into the new season was enough for the front office to move on.
By the numbers, he is the 2nd winningest coach in Blackhawks history: 452 regular season wins, and a .627 winning percentage in his 11 seasons with the Hawks. 3 Stanley Cups, 76-52 in the playoffs, with a winning percentage of .594. I’m guessing he goes into the NHL hall of fame shortly after he retires.
The Blackhawks chose to fire him 15 games into the season rather than move on between seasons. A move that I would love someone explain to me. This tells me that they are reacting to something rather than executing a plan, and therein lies the problem. Coach Quenneville has to take blame for his part in the recent losing/missing out on the playoffs. So does the front office though. Most notably, trading away so much talent because of horrendous contracts. General Manager Stan Bowman is widely know for throwing out “no move” contracts. They were lucky to get away from Marian Hossa’s contract, or they would be paying him for 3-5 more years after he retired. They have a similar one with Brent Seabrook.
With me, it’s more how it went down, then when, or why. Like I said at the top, we knew it was coming. You could say Q had his opportunities. I would like to know how much input Q had on certain personnel decisions, such as moving Artemi Panarin, who seemed to not only add a spark, but carry the Hawks, and bolster the offense. He and Patrick Kane had tremendous chemistry together.
They usher in a new era in Blackhawks history. Stan Bowman will largely be graded by how the current team does. I wonder how long he will go until his judgment day comes. The rest of the season? 2 years? I guess time will tell.