We all asked for a change in coaching, and we got it. Too bad it was the wrong guy. The Chicago Blackhawks, and Quenneville decided on a fall guy, and surprise, it was not Q or his right hand. Nope, it was the person most likely to take Q's job should the situation arise.
Here is what Q had to say, according to the Tribune: "I had an assessement that there is some dysfunction to our coaching staff and we need a change, 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. The timing, I felt a change was necessary going forward. (It was) not an easy decison. It was tough on Mike and I'm respectful for the job that he did. It's not the blame game here."
The best part is that Q fired the assistant coach. The assistant, who is not the one who makes the final decision, and not the one calling the shots. If the shots were not called correctly, it is on Q, and not his assistant. That is not meant to take any blame off of Kitchen who we all think is a lost cause.
Wow. Once again Q has admitted to concerns stemming from his area of the pie. He has stated before how the players did not know their roles, and how the motivation and consistency was a problem. He remarked about Toews having to take verbal control of the team, and now he says, "dysfunction to our coaching staff, and admitting necessary change to it." Huh, interesting indeed. Things just might be worse than we thought, but I will take the recognition for pointing all of this out for 3 years now. Finally, some substantial evidence to back-up our crazy coaching concerns.
But what happened here?
Could it be that Havi did not see eye to eye with Q, and that he made himself loud enough about it for Q to panick? Or, was Havi the real problem in all of this all along? This is especially surprising given that Kitchen was the one everyone saw as gone for sure. From what I know, the players enjoyed Haviland's company as a coach. From what I remember, when Q was out, the Hawks responded well under Haviland. When I listen to interviews, I like what I hear coming out of his mouth, and I wonder if Kitchen has any idea of what he is talking about. Of course, I am just saying this without any substantial evidence to prove anything one way or the other. Just one mans gut reaction.
As Vegas alluded to in his comment in the last post, it will be very interesting to see if the new guy is a Q guy, or a Q replacement. Could this be the administration saying, "okay buddy, balls in your court, and we give you the season to figure it out. Make what ever moves you want."
Very interesting indeed. Obviously, more on this later.