National Hockey League Hockey Schedule, News, Tickets, Scores, Players, Blogs, Videos, Links and More
More Fan Site Teams:

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.

Read the complete news article here...

More Featured News

Jakub Zboril "feels incredible" about first NHL call-up to the Bruins
Published On: Wed, Nov 14
The injuries to the Bruins back end have opened up opportunities for a number of young Ba€™s defensemen this season, and there may be another one getting a chance on a West Coast tr...
Coach Jeremy Colliton thinks Hawks are improving despite wavering confidence
Published On: Wed, Nov 14
The Blackhawks are in a a€˜a€˜fragilea€™a€™ state at the moment.A week after firing longtime coach Joel Quenneville and replacing him with 33-year-old Jeremy Colliton, the Hawks are...
Valeri Nichuskin is a development success, even as a 3rd line winger
Published On: Wed, Nov 14
When Valeri Nichushkin left for the KHL many fans were frustrated to see such a talented player putting in time from the early prime years of his career across the ocean. This is a ...
Report: Los Angeles Kings Trade Tanner Pearson to the Pittsburgh Penguins
Published On: Wed, Nov 14
Pittsburgh PenguinsA general managerA Jim RutherfordA sent Twitter abuzz this morning. At a press conference announcing hisA contract extension, he also told reporters that the team...
Henrik Lundqvist doesnt see a team Rangers cant beat
Published On: Wed, Nov 14
Henrik Lundqvist has seen more hockey than any of his teammates in the New York Rangers locker room.The goalie is wise enough to know that the up-and-coming Rangers (9-7-2), who hav...
Travis Sanheim still emerging for Flyers, but nowhere near where I want to get to
Published On: Wed, Nov 14
The numbers suggested early on this season, when nothing was working for any of the Flyers defensemen except for these two, that Travis Sanheim and Radko Gudas were ready for more.C...
Sidney Crosby evaluated for upper-body injury, status unclear for Thursday's game
Published On: Wed, Nov 14
The Penguinsa€™ locker room had a decidedly different look after practice Wednesday, and not just because popular left wing Carl Hagelin was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.Sidney C...
Penguins sign GM Jim Rutherford to three-year extension
Published On: Wed, Nov 14
The architect of theA Pittsburgh Penguinsa€˜ recent back-to-back Stanley Cup runs will be sticking with the team for three more years.Veteran GM Jim Rutherford has signed a three-ye...
Ducks facing roster crunch as players get healthy
Published On: Tue, Nov 13
The Anaheim Ducks have dealt with more than their fair share of injuries over the past year or so. The team is still far from healthy, but finally full strength is within sight, par...
Jerseys Hats Shirts Sweatshirts