Hawks notes: Quenneville feels for Dineen

November, 8, 2013
11/08/13
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville had a good idea what his friend Kevin Dineen was going through after Dineen was fired as the coach of the Florida Panthers on Friday.

Quenneville was fired by the St. Louis Blues midway through the 2003-04 season.

“It’s a tough part of our business,” Quenneville said after practice Friday. “I know as players getting traded is always the downer. As coaches, getting relieved of your duty is as tough as it gets. I tried to get a hold of [Dineen] this morning. I know what he’s feeling like. It’s not a good day. You got to pick yourself up and keep fighting.”

Quenneville realizes being fired is an inevitable part of a coaching career.

“At some point [everyone gets fired], for sure,” Quenneville said. “We’re all in a winning business, and I think we all understand that going into it. It’ll be a tough day.”

Happy for Madden: Quenneville was happy former Blackhawk John Madden was named one of the Panthers’ new assistant coaches Friday.

Madden played for the Blackhawks during their 2009-10 Stanley Cup season.

“Mad Dog, that’s good for him,” Quenneville said. “He had that player mentality where he was workmanlike and student-like as far as how he approached not just the game, but the defensive side of the game, the penalty-killing situation. He can bring something to the plate, to the game with his enthusiasm and passion for the sport.”

Olympics on their mind: The Blackhawks have a number of players who are expected to have a chance to represent their respective countries in the Olympics in February. Quenneville thought it was a driving force for them.

“I would say going into the season and to this point, for sure,” Quenneville said. “I think that would be a great honor and a great achievement and a heck of an accomplishment. I’m sure that it’s there, and it’s part of where they’re at in their mindset going into games every day.”

Quenneville said he would have to watch those players’ minutes leading up to and after the Olympics.

“Going into the season, we said could have 10 and maybe more than 10, but that’s all part of it,” Quenneville said. “The other guys can rest. We’ll be rooting and supporting them, but at the same time rest in between practice days going into it like basically we are all year. Coming out of it, it’s something we’re going to have to monitor. “

Morin ice time: Blackhawks forward Jeremy Morin was a healthy scratch for Wednesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets and was replaced by defenseman Sheldon Brookbank.

Quenneville said Friday that Morin could earn more consistent playing time by being more consistent on the defensive end.

“His minutes have been okay,” Quenneville said. “He’s kind of like [Brandon Pirri], in that same situation where offensively we know they can do things and that reliability without the puck and how they play in that defensive side of things is the measuring stick as far as how much and the quality. I think he’s been fine.”

Morin has zero goals, two assists and has averaged 9:16 of ice time in five games since being recalled from the Rockford IceHogs.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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