Joel Quenneville isn’t leaving Chicago. He’s not going to Montreal to join Marc Bergevin, recently tabbed from the Blackhawks as the Canadiens’ general manager.
In fact, Quenneville may have used his rationale for firing assistant coach Mike Haviland to assure critics and skeptics.
From the Chicago Tribune:
“One thing about being in Chicago, I think over the last few days there was some speculation and other things going on about here in Chicago and me being somewhere else,” Quenneville said. “First and foremost, I’m excited about being here in Chicago. I love the opportunity, I love the organization (and) I love where we’re heading in the fiuture. That’s something I want to put to bed right from the outset.”
Quenneville was pegged to be a top candidate for a coaching position in Montreal, swaying some Blackhawks prowess north of the border in Quebec.
Quenneville on the Haviland firing:
“I had an assessement that there is some dysfunction to our coaching staff and we need a change,” head coach Joel Quenneville said. “(General manager Stan Bowman) did offer me the opportunity for the first time since I’ve been here to look if I need a change to our coaching staff … and I had the opportunity to make a coaching change or all the necessary changes that were there.”
As for Haviland, his chances of moving up the ranks elsewhere may be slim. He has no franchise support elsewhere as he played four games with the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL in 1989-90 and 16 games in the ECHL the following year.
He joined the Trenton Titans of the ECHL in 1999 as an assistant coach, and went on to win two ECHL championships (2003 and 2005) with Atlantic City first, and then Trenton.
Haviland worked his way up in the Chicago organization from Rockford in 2008. There’s no telling how far his ECHL connections will land him back in the AHL, at least. If anything, the 2010 Stanley Cup championship on his resume will hopefully suffice opportunity elsewhere.
And as for next year, we’ll see if this dismissal was part of the blame game, playing a part in Quenneville’s departure rumors, or a tactical move based on scrutinized figures.
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