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Hawks Fire Denis Savard
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Oct 16th 2008 1:13PM by Eric McErlain (author feed)
Filed under: Blackhawks, NHL Gossip, NHL Rumors

Even before the start of what looked to be a promising season, rumor was that Chicago Blackhawks head coach Denis Savard might be on the hot seat if the team got off to a slow start — word that was attributed to the arrival of Scotty Bowman as a special adviser in Chicago. Heck, Savard actually made a CBC list of five coaches who could be under the gun before the end of the season, but I still don’t think anyone could imagine that Savard, who by all accounts was doing a good job with his young charges in Chicago, might be let go.

Put that all aside now, as the Blackhawks have given Savard one of the quickest hooks in NHL history, firing him after only four games and replacing him with ex-Blues and Avalanche head coach Joel Quenneville. Here’s Chicago GM Dale Tallon, the only man who could manage to make Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell look thoughtful by comparison, on the change :
“This was an extremely hard day for this organization and for me personally,” Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon said. “Denis is forever a part of our organization. We made a tough decision that we strongly feel is the right one as we continue to evaluate our team and create a championship caliber organization that can sustain success. Joel brings us a wealth of experience and a winning track record that will have an immediate and lasting impact.”Far be it from me to question Quenneville’s bona fides, but this decision stinks to high heaven.Continue Reading

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