4- The Firing of Joel Quenneville
Joel Quenneville was responsible for turning the Blackhawks around. He was one of those missing pieces that helped transform this team from good to great. Quenneville has that type of power, and he is the second-most winningest coach of all time. There is never going to be a reason to fire him in my opinion, and yet the Blackhawks did just that.
I re-visited the firing of Joel Quenneville already once before, but I still think it deserves to be mentioned again. Quenneville was the man that put Toews and Kane on opposite lines to help spread out our offense. He was the guy that knew when to push and when to let his players rest come playoff time, and he was the guy that knew our players the best.
I do not really like to talk about loyalty when it comes to firings and things like that, but at the same time Coach Q earned the right to end his career with the Blackhawks. One excuse for firing Q was that he might not work the best with young forwards and helping them develop into pros. While I do not really agree with that, that excuses helped showcase that this team is moving into a rebuild.
Looking back on it, firing Quenneville was a mistake, one that I believe will haunt the Blackhawks for a long time. Let’s look back at a mistake that occurred a few years before the Blackhawks let Quenneville go.