Is Joel Quenneville The "New and Improved" Denis Savard?

Craig NuzzoCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2008

First let me begin by congratulating the Hawks for their first victory last night. Maybe they actually read my article from last night, Chicago Blackhawks: Win A Game For Denis Savard.


The fact is the Hawks played like they should and scored an astonishing four goals, while holding the former undefeated Coyotes to one.

Unfortunately for Denis Savard, the results didn't matter.

"I'm disappointed but I guess it's the nature of the business," Savard told ESPN.

"I know I was doing a good job, I'm dedicated to my work. Obviously they felt they had to make a change, so what can you do."

Savard had been replaced by former Avanlanche and Blues coach Joel Quenneville.

At first I was skeptical about such an early transaction, but after viewing Joel Quenneville's numbers, it made a lot more sense.

Quenneville has made it to the playoffs nine of 11 times in his coaching career. This could be the main reason for the move. Even so, he has not coached to that rewarding silver cup yet.

Quenneville also led the Blues to the President's Trophy with 51 wins and 113 points in the 1999-2000 season. He also won the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL's top coach. He currently hold the record for the most wins in Blues history with 307.

Quenneville is one of only three men to have played and coached in 800 NHL games. The other two are Bob Pulford and Jacque Lemaire.

The numbers add up to one thing - experience. Savard has yet to put that on his resume.

The players proved themselves worthy to perform. Hopefully the coaches can do the same.

The Hawks have only made it to the playoffs once in their last 10 seasons. They failed to win in the first five games to the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the 2001-2002 playoffs.

Chicago hockey has high expectations this year. I'm sure Quenneville does too.