Well this is certainly a development that no one saw coming.
During the course of the 2018 - 2019 National Hockey League regular season the Chicago Blackhawks, and more specifically Chicago Blackhawks general manger Stan Bowman, shocked the hockey world when he made the decision to fire then Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville. The move was a major shocker, in spite of the fact that the Blackhawks were clearly failing to meet the expectations of both the organization and their fan base, due in large part to the fact that Quenneville was arguably the most well respected head coach in the entire National Hockey League.
Since then the talk around Quenneville has been relatively quiet except for one period during the course of the regular season where it was heavily rumored that the Philadelphia Flyers had all but locked up Quenneville for the foreseeable future. Quenneville eventually would make a comment denying those rumors and, based on the lack of movement or talk we have seen on that front since those rumors, it seems he was genuine when he made it clear that he had never agreed to a deal with the Flyers.
Now however there is a new rumor regarding Quenneville's future and given the quality of the source I think it is safe to say that this one is very much legitimate. According to an absolutely shocking blockbuster report from Sportsnet's National Hockey League insider Elliotte Friedman it now appears that the Florida Panthers have made a major move in acquiring Joel Quenneville as their next head coach, this seemingly just minutes after it was officially announced that Bob Boughner had been fired as the head coach of the Florida Panthers.
There is a real sense today that the process between Florida and Joel Quenneville is much further along than many of us realized. It’s not a done deal, but it’s close. It would not be a surprise if this process closes in the near future.
So to be clear this is not official yet, but it certainly sounds like it is all but a done deal.