April 7, 2019 | 1:40pm ET
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PANTHERS TALKING TO QUENNEVILLE

 
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Joel Quenneville

 

The Florida Panthers have received permission from the Chicago Blackhawks to speak with and negotiate with former Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville.

The Panthers have reportedly tabled a long-term offer worth more than $6 million per season for Quenneville, who has one-year and $6 million left on his contract with Chicago.

Quenneville, 60, is looking to return behind an NHL bench and prefers to join a team he views as a contender.

The Panthers, though out of the playoffs, are poised to make significant noise this off-season and are expected to pursue such top pending free agents as goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, left wing Artemi Panarin, and defenceman Erik Karlsson, among others.

A deal between the Panthers and Quenneville could be finalized as early as Sunday afternoon.

In 1,636 career regular-season games over parts of 22 seasons as coach of the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche and Blackhawks, Quenneville has accumulated a 890 wins and his teams have made the playoffs 18 times.

The Panthers fired head coach Bob Boughner and associate coach Paul McFarland earlier today.