Friday, July 12, 2013
GM, Q would like a deal before camp
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville said Friday they would like to agree to a contract extension for Quenneville before training camp begins.
"We're going to work on that as well," Bowman said of Quenneville's contract. "We got a lot of things we're going to get to next week. … I think it's always good to get those things done in the summer time, so we can clear the deck for focusing on hockey starting in the fall."
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.
Quenneville, who has a 222-106-44 regular-season record and has won two Stanley Cups in five seasons with the Blackhawks, also hopes to get his deal done before camp.
"Absolutely, but I don't like discussing that, but we'll certainly see what happens," Quenneville said.
Quenneville was willing to talk about how much he has enjoyed being in Chicago and coaching the Blackhawks.
"We certainly like being here," Quenneville said. "We've liked our time here in Chicago. It's been a lot of thrills, a lot of excitement. We like everything surrounding the quality of life, being of part of, I guess, the sporting situation here in town. We love the organization. There's a lot of positives in all aspects of being here, so hopefully things can work out."