Stan Bowman wanted to keep Joel Quenneville in Chicago, and the coach had no desire to leave.
After two Stanley Cup titles in four seasons, this was a no-brainer.
The Blackhawks announced a three-year contract extension for Quenneville on Friday, kicking off their annual fan convention with a crowd-pleasing move that keeps the coach in Chicago through the 2016-17 season.
The 54-year-old Quenneville is 222-106 in five seasons in Chicago. He led the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup in 2010, ending a 49-year drought, and then coached them to another title this year.
''I think you always know what you're going to get with him and I think that's probably the biggest thing for us, why we have success,'' defenseman Duncan Keith said before Game 5 of this year's Stanley Cup finals. ''He's level-headed, brings that even-keel attitude to the team.''
Quenneville's deal was set to expire after the upcoming season, but general manager Bowman had said an extension was a priority and the coach t...