Feb 3, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks hired Coach Joel Quenneville on Oct 16th 2008. This was a great move by the Blackhawks back in 2008. Quenneville has been the perfect coach for the Blackhawks. In 454 regular season games, he is 268-127-59. Coach Quennevile has the highest regular season winning percentage in Blackhawks history at .655. His playoff winning percentage is .606. With two Stanley Cups in the last five years nobody is questioning Coach Quenneville’s body of work.
As we have seen in history every great regime or empire must come to end. The Romans and the British could not survive it and now the Blackhawks might be on the same path. The Blackhawks have been STRUGGLING as of late. They have lost three of their last four games to non playoffs teams and appear to be getting worse defensively. With the Jets and the Wild nipping at their heels, people are looking to point fingers.
The finger pointing is now falling on Coach Quenneville. After seven seasons as head coach, is his message being lost??? Has he lost the Blackhawks??? Quenneville has tried to fix the Blackhawks woes as of late focusing more on defense during practice, changing the lines before games, and benching struggling players. At some point adults start to tune people out and their message falls on deaf ears. This might be the case with the Blackhawks. Bryan Bickell, Kris Versteeg, and Teuvo Teravainen have felt Quenneville’s wrath. Bickell has ZERO point in his last five games, Versteeg has two points in the last five games and they both came in their loss to Columbus. Lastly Teuvo Teravainen has ZERO points in the last five games. As you can see by the numbers Quenneville’s benching did not yield any positive results. The Blackhawks are in danger of becoming a wild card team in the playoffs.
In Quenneville’s defense, he did lose some keys players to injury. He lost his best offensive player in Patrick Kane. Kane also helps the Blackhawks play their puck possession style of play. The Blackhawks also lost promising young defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk. TVR was playing well and earning the trust of the coaching staff before his injury.
Regardless of BLAME, the Blackhwks need to right the ship and fast!
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