Posts tagged "Joel Quenneville"

Blackhawks should be strengthened by not being picked to win again

I expect a large number of publications in the next few weeks will predict that the Blackhawks won’t be a repeat winner of the Stanley Cup. The forced reassembling of the roster to accommodate the salary cap will be widely viewed as a sign of weakness. How should the team react to that preseason downgrade?... Read more »

Quenneville to win 2011 Jack Adams Award as Best NHL Coach--I bet

Considering that it’s outlandish, irresponsible and crazy to make any predictions about what will happen almost a year from now, I’m happy to oblige. Nuts R Us. Joel Quenneville starts the 2010-11 NHL season as the favorite to claim the Jack Adams Award as the best coach in the league. In fact, I say he... Read more »

Kopecky's performance presents Quenneville with a good problem

  If I had asked a question of Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville when our paths crossed at a suburban establishment Saturday night after Chicago’s triumph in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, it would have been regarding Tomas Kopecky’s status for Game 2.  I chose the road of silent respect for a coach... Read more »

Quenneville's accolades are lost in a season of high expectations

Why is it that surpassing low expectations is valued more than fulfilling high expectations? Because that has to be the reason Joe Sacco of the Colorado Avalanche, Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes and Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators were nominated for the NHL’s Jack Adams Award over Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks. ... Read more »

Quenneville's fuzzy math proves costly for the Blackhawks

Joel Quenneville and the Chicago Blackhawks found out that three plus three doesn’t equal more than three plus four.  The Blackhawks head coach tried fuzzy math in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinal series versus the Vancouver Canucks.  The Hawks found out that having your two bottom lines contructed similarly equals a lopsided loss.... Read more »

Quenneville's new lineup features a Keith-Seabrook reunion

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville is at it again. A juggled lineup card has become a familiar theme for both players and fans alike this season.  According to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, Quenneville has once again mixed and matched his team’s ingredients in preparation for Game 2 against the Nashville Predators Sunday night at... Read more »

Hawks clinch Central Division then douse Flames playoff hopes

Plenty of recent Easter Sundays have passed when a Blackhawks telecast would have either been unavailable to the Chicago area or as unsightly to view as the Christmas decorations which adorn your lazy neighbor’s yard.  Those days are over. The Chicago Blackhawks laid claim to their first Central Division title in 17 years and then... Read more »

Kane needs to have a Slumpbuster Sunday and a Superman finish

I don’t usually write on Saturdays, but I’m here with a special public service announcement. Get to bed early Saturday night. Crazy uncle Mike knows best. It’s Blackhawks Savings Time and we can’t waste an hour. There is always a time to lock the liquor cabinet with an eye toward future headiness. You must occasionally ration... Read more »

Niemi, Toews pull a win out of the hat in New Jersey with a great magic act

Let’s look at it this way, because you can spin this diamond in the rough around and perceive it from a lot of different angles–some of them less than sparkling and some of them rough as a corncob when you cut right to the core. This was playoff-style hockey, tight, patient and deliberate hockey where big moves are often... Read more »

Toews is Blackhawks MVP, but center shortage may drag down Kane and team

Who’s the Blackhawks Most Valuable Player this season? To me, it’s not their leading scorer. It’s not their likely Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s best defenseman, your second leading scorer. It has to be center Jonathan Toews. Take him away from top producer Patrick Kane, as coach Joel Quenneville has done recently, and Kane... Read more »