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Blackhawks coach, goalies get vote of confidence

Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:06 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 6:58 pm
Quenneville led the 'Hawks to the Stanley Cup two seasons ago. (US Presswire)

By Brian Stubits

Times have gotten rough for the Chicago Blackhawks, real rough. Like no wins in their last eight games rough.

It has led to some speculation that head coach Joel Quenneville's job could be in jeopardy. Imagine that, a team that's still in playoff position firing its coach not even two years after winning a Stanley Cup? Hey, sports are a "what have you done for me lately" business and lately Quenneville's team hasn't done much for anybody other than give opponents points.

Well GM Stan Bowman is trying to put an end to it. He came out with that ol' vote of confidence on Monday, from CSN Chicago.

"That's not the concern for me at all. I'm very confident in Joel's ability, our coaching staff's ability. Our players - the effort is there. They're as frustrated as anybody, you can watch it on the ice. It's not working. There's no disputing that, but I don't buy that assertion (that Quenneville's message is lost) at all. These players are on board with us. They believe in this group (of coaches). We're not far. We need to get this turned around, but we're not far from making it work."

When I asked if Joel's "the guy," Bowman responded, "Absolutely."

So, is Quenneville's heat hotter than Hades now? We know how often that vote of confidence goes well for the person they are confident in.

Call me crazy, but this is one of those times where I actually do believe Bowman. Unless the Blackhawks go eight more games without winning, I have a hunch that Quenneville has a job through this season, at the least.

So who should be feeling the heat for this skid, the goaltenders? After all, Ray Emery has a 2.81 goals against average and .901 save percentage ... and his numbers beat starter Corey Crawford (2.99, .898).

Nope, they are safe too, according to Bowman.

"We're not focused on goaltending. We're really not," Bowman said. "I know there's a lot of talk about that, but internally, we have to focus on the guys we have, and turning it around from within."

Does that mean the Blackhawks will be a completely stand pat team at the deadline at the end of this month? Are there no moves for them to make?

Well, it's still likely that they will look to upgrade the defensive corps. It's been an issue all season long and they could use some reinforcements back there. Of course, there are a lot of teams who want to find some quality defensemen and not a whole of them to be found, especially after Andy Sutton just re-signed with the Oilers.

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Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:05 am

Blackhawks coach, goalies get vote of confidence

When I asked if Joel's "the guy," Bowman responded, "Absolutely."
This is like when the Godfather kisses you on the cheek. Next day, two people go out in a boat fishing and only one returns.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:19 am

Blackhawks coach, goalies get vote of confidence

Are you kidding?Who has been merry go rounding the goalies all year?Who keeps shuffling lines?Why is Frolik who hasn't scored a single point in over 25 games still being run out there night after night?Why is Ben Smith( A top scorer in playoffs) not playing on 1 of the top 2 lines?He was played on the 3rd and 4th lines with Brunnette and Frolik who is responsiable for that?Hayes who has major size and was scoring not being played while Bums like Frolik,Brunette and J Scott are playing game after game and produced squat?I'm sorry Quinvtlle is a major part of this slide and should be held accountable for it.What if they lose there next 3 a very good possiability and go 0-9 on road and lose 11 straight then what?This team has quit on it's coach plain and simple that is why Bowman is giving a vote of confidence because the players are not giving the effort and thats all on the coach.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:12 pm

Blackhawks coach, goalies get vote of confidence

It's never a good thing when a gm has to declare that people are "safe".

Quenneville has done a poor job along with his staff.    Goalie struggles are more of a symptom than the problem imo.    Way too many odd-man breaks.   Hawks can't hang on to the puck and can't adjust or won't adjust.    They've spent most of the year coming out poorly to start a game too.  

Good teams don't lose 8 in a row.  More than a couple things are really wrong with this group, and I don't think it's the actual skill level of the team.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:27 pm

Blackhawks coach, goalies get vote of confidence

You can't blame Quenneville for not having any toughness on his roster.  This is strictly Stan Bowman's fault for not putting this team together correctly.  The thing missing most from the Stanley Cup team is grit and toughness.  The Hawks simply don't hit anybody.  I heard the announcers say a few games back that they had been outhit in all games this year but 6.  If you think Jamaal Mayers and Dan Carcillo were your answer to this problem at the beginning of the year, then you have problems (i.e. Stan Bowman).  Mayers is doing his best (for his age) and Carcillo is........well, a ticking Car bomb.  They have too many small forwards and not enough size.  The coach is not the problem.  The goaltending has been sub par, but we were saying the same thing about Niemi and Huet exactly 2 years ago!!  Team toughness leads to overall better team defense......something lacking big time now for the Hawks!!

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