Hawks finished last in West under Sutter

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks signed Brian Sutter to a
one-year contract extension Wednesday.

The Blackhawks went 20-43-11-8 this season and finished last in
the Western Conference this season. Their 20 wins were the fewest
in the NHL, and the lowest by a Blackhawks team since the 1956-57
squad won 16. Chicago also had a franchise-record 19-game losing

"I am very satisfied and excited about our coaching staff,"
general manager Bob Pulford said. "We were struck by key injuries
early last season and Brian Sutter did a very good job with the
talent we had. I think we can make improvements to our team and
that Brian Sutter deserves a chance to coach that team."

Assistant coach Denis Savard was also given a one-year
extension, and Bruce Cassidy, an NHL scout and former Washington Capitals coach, joined the staff as an

Sutter is 451-422-140-15 with eight playoff appearances in 13
years as an NHL coach with the Blackhawks, St. Louis, Boston and
Calgary. He was runner-up for coach of the year in 2002, his first
season in Chicago, when he guided the Blackhawks to a 41-27-13-1
record and a spot in the playoffs for the first time in five years.