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GM: Quenneville extension on the agenda

6/26/2013
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said an extension for coach Joel Quenneville is one of many offseason issues the team will address after winning its second Stanley Cup in four seasons.

"Yeah, that's on the topic of a lot of things that we have to cover here," Bowman said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "In the next few days we've got a draft to prepare for (on Sunday), we've got some players to re-sign whose deals are up and we've got some other things leading into the draft.

"Normally we'd be getting ready for the draft about four or five days ahead of time. This year it's tough because we've still got things to close out with our season here. We're going to get to a lot of things in the next few weeks and Joel will be a big part of it."

Quenneville's contract runs through the 2013-14 season. The Blackhawks signed him to a three-year extension in 2010 after he led the team to its first Stanley Cup since 1961. He had one year remaining on a three-year contract he signed when he took the Blackhawks job four games into the 2008-09 season after Denis Savard was fired.

Bowman praised the job done by Quenneville, who is one of 17 coaches to win 500 games in the NHL.

"I think Joel has done a tremendous job looking back at the years he's been here," Bowman said. "The record speaks for itself. He's really got a great handle on pushing the right buttons and looking back on his whole career he's had success everywhere he's been. It's just a great fit for us in Chicago.

"His demeanor, his approach with our team, he has a great feel for our players. He understands how to get it done but also he's a perfect mix of being a tough coach but also respecting the players. I think they like playing for him and the results speak for themselves."