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Rocky Wirtz excited about start

Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz said it's too early to start talking about another Stanley Cup, despite his team's franchise-best start, but it wasn't too early for Wirtz to shoot down speculation that coach Joel Quenneville was on the hot seat heading into the season.

"It was ridiculous," Wirtz said of the speculation. "No truth to it whatsoever."

After winning the Cup in 2010, the Hawks have been bounced from the playoffs in the first round the last two seasons.

Wirtz admitted to ESPN Chicago's Melissa Isaacson in March, 2012 that during a nine-game losing streak last season he talked to general manager Stan Bowman about whether the players quit on Quenneville, and Bowman said that wasn't the case.

Quenneville has one more year left on his contract after this season, and he has the Hawks off to a 6-0 start, despite the fact they've played just two games at home.

"I think it's too soon (to talk about winning the Cup)," Wirtz said during Saturday's UFC on Fox 6 event at the United Center. "The good thing is you want to get a good start. We have a long road trip coming up after Sunday, and if we can do halfway decent there we'll be in good shape."

The Hawks start their six-game trip on Wednesday at Minnesota and will play the unbeaten San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

"The good thing is your better players are playing well and you've got bench strength," Wirtz said. "The kids we have in Rockford coming up are playing well and those first- and second-liners are doing well, too. We get four lines playing well, we can be a very tough team to play against."

ESPN Chicago's Matt Lo Cascio contributed to this story.