Over the past several months, the Chicago Blackhawks were under investigation for an incident in 2010 involving several players and former video coach Brad Aldrich. On Tuesday, Stan Bowman and Al MacIsaac stepped down from their respective roles with the team, but that was only the first domino to fall.
According to Kevin Weekes, Joel Quenneville and the Florida Panthers are parting ways. Quenneville has been the Panthers’ head coach since 2019. This comes after an in-person meeting with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at his office in New York City on Thursday. John Tortorella is rumored to be a top candidate as Quenneville replacement.
Quenneville was the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. He led the team to win their first of three Stanley Cups that year during his tenure with the team and Chicago’s first Stanley Cup since 1961.
Since joining the Panthers in 2019, Quenneville has a regular-season record of 79-40-40. In the playoffs, he holds a record of 3-7. Despite making the playoffs the last two seasons under Quenneville, Florida has never made a deep run in the playoffs, losing in the Qualifying Rounds to the New York Islanders in 2020 and the eventual champions Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round last season.
So far this season, Florida has a 7-0-0 record and is one of the best teams in the NHL to start the season. Jonathan Huberdeau, Sam Bennett, Alexander Barkov, and Sam Reinhart have made an impact offensively for Florida and are a big reason why the team is first in goal scoring this season with 31 goals.
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