Chicago Blackhawks Morning LInks- Coaching Change Coming?

By Keith Schultz

Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! News is circulating that the Chicago Blackhawks could be looking for a new assistant coach this offseason! 

The Chicago Blackhawks assistant coaches have always had some winds of change around them year in and year out, especially when you look at who Joel Quenneville is hugging during the three Stanley Cup championships on the bench in the past 6 seasons.

One coach that always seems to be around is Mike Kitchen who has been with Joel Quenneville for a long time from back in their St. Louis Blues days, and yet even Kitchen wasn’t here for the first Cup having signed on as a coach in the summer of 2010.  Gail, Our staff writer did a nice piece on Kitchen this summer and you can read it here.

Kitchen though isn’t the coach that could be leaving the Chicago Blackhawks, Kevin Dineen has emerged as a finalist for the vacant Colorado Avalanche position.  Dineen has been on the Chicago Blackhawks staff since the summer of 2014.

Dineen also has a long history with Coach Q having played with the Chicago Blackhawks coach when both of them were Hartford Whalers.  Dineen does have head coaching experience having coached the Florida Panthers before getting fired and joining the Chicago Blackhawks staff.

I’m sure that Joel Quenneville could find another assistant that he has connections to around the league for the upcoming season, but this close to training camp seems like a bad time to lose an assistant when this year will probably be the toughest to date with the amount of young players that will have to be playing big minutes this season.

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