We all miss (already) the firing head coach Joel Quenneville, however, many fans and pundits believed it's only a matter of time before Joel Quenneville finds his way behind an NHL bench again.
But there is a but... isn't there always?
The 60-year-old definitely wants to coach again, however, new details have emerged that Quenneville will do so on his own terms.
Quenneville was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday after 11 seasons with Chicago and three Stanley Cups. With 890 wins, Quenneville is second on the all-time list next to only Scotty Bowman’s 1,244.
According to a source who spoke with Scott Powers of The Athletic, Quenneville will wait for the opportunity he believes is best.
"I was told Thursday that Quenneville was disappointed by the decision, but he wasn’t surprised. A source also said Quenneville definitely plans to coach again and will sit back and wait for his opportunity.
I’ve personally reached out to Quenneville a few times in the past few days in a few different ways and haven’t heard anything back. I probably won’t either. As someone told me Thursday, Quenneville isn’t the type to throw stones.
Quenneville has been away from the Chicago area for much of the week. He left Tuesday for the East Coast due to a family matter, a source said."
While they are currently no openings for a coaching job in the NHL at the moment, several teams across the league would jump at the opportunity to add a coach of Quenneville's caliber. After all, he is coming off the most successful coaching tenure of the salary-cap era.
Only hours after the firing in Chicago, The Hockey Central at Noon guys broke down teams in the NHL who they feel could seriously consider firing their coach now that Quenneville is available. They believe the St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers, would be, or should be, interested.
Michael Traikos, national hockey writer for Postmedia, believes that the Oilers should strongly consider replacing head coach Todd McLellan with fired Chicago coach Quenneville. There were also chatter that Q could be interested in joining the Florida Panthers and friend GM Dale Tallon.
What is clear is that Quenneville is free to join a new team at any point. In the meantime, he still has one season left on his contract with the Blackhawks at $6 million.