April 2, 2019 | 2:20pm ET
QUENNEVILLE STILL IN MIX FOR SEATTLE JOB?
Joel Quenneville will be tossing his hat back in the ring this off-season, as he has expressed interest in returning behind the bench and coaching again.
Quenneville was let go by the Chicago Blackhawks in November – only the third time in his career he’s been fired – and has spent the rest of the season enjoying his time off.
A few weeks ago, in an interview with WGN in Chicago, Quenneville hinted that he’d be interested in joining a team for next season if the right opportunity arose.
“We’ll see how things transpire in the off-season,” he said in mid-March. “We’ll have to think about it and we’ll see.”
It has been reported Seattle has expressed interest in Quenneville, but that he might not have interest in the position.
However, multiple sources have told TFP that the door is not yet closed on Quenneville possibly joining the new Seattle franchise. It’s believed some members of the organization would like Quenneville behind their bench, but the final decision lies with their new General Manager, once one is officially hired.
The Ottawa Senators, Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings are among the teams also looking for a new head coach for next season – and other spots are expected to open up – though Quenneville is not believed to be in the mix for any of those vacancies.
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.