Today the Blackhawks announced the contract extension of coach Joel Quenneville. The extension will see Quenneville fronting the Haws through the 2013-14 season.
During regular-season play, Quenneville has lead the Hawks to a record of 97-44-19 in 160 games. After the team's Stanley Cup Championship season last year, the Blackhawks have compiled a postseason record of 25-14 under Coach Q.
The start of the new hockey season is just a few weeks away, and with the work that Quenneville was able to do in the short time he has been here, the arrow still seems to be poiting up for the future. Coach Q will be managing the same core of undisputed talent and will likely have few issues breaking through to the incoming talent; veterans or younger players.
Knowing the Hawks should remain competitive for Championships throughout Quenneville's new extension begin to force the question; Will Ditka or Quenneville rein as the ultimate Championship-winning, moustache-boasting coach of Chicago history? With the future looking bright for the Hawks, and Ditka's window of opportunity long gone, I will put my money on Coach Q.