April 7, 2019 | 1:40pm ET



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.