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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville faces defining season

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville faces defining season
Published On: Wed, Sep 12
Jun 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville talks to fans during the 2015 Stanley Cup championship rally at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

This will be a defining season for the Blackhawksa€™ Joel Quenneville, who is coming off his first losing season in a 21-year coaching career. The mandate fromA team president John McDonough is clear.

a€œWe need to do better,a€ McDonough said last week. a€œWe need everybody to do better. I need to do better. [General manager Stan Bowman] needs to be better. Joel needs to be better.a€

Last season was disappointing for several reasons a€” some that were out of Quennevillea€™s control.

The Hawks learned in June 2017 that they would be without right-winger Marian Hossa, who had a rare skin condition. Little did they know that was just the beginning of their problems.

The Hawks also had to play the final three months without star goalie Corey Crawford, who was sidelinedA  in late December because of a head injury.

But there were some things Quenneville could have controlled.

Crawforda€™s absence exposed the Hawksa€™ weak defense, which allowed the ninth-most goals (256) in the league. Quenneville lacked a solution for the teama€™s struggling defense. He also couldna€™t fix the Hawksa€™ lackluster power play, which was 28th in the NHL.

The Hawks finished last in the Central Division and missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade. McDonough insists thata€™s unacceptable.

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