March 18, 2019 | 4:52pm ET
QUENNEVILLE EYEING RETURN TO COACHING
Joel Quenneville has been quiet since he was fired from the Chicago Blackhawks in November, but in an interview with WGN’s Dan Roan, he admitted he’d like to get back behind the bench.
Quenneville, 60, plans on seeing how things transpire during the off-season and may pursue a new job if the right opportunity presents itself – though he did say he would like to return to coaching “sooner, with no hurry right now.”
“We’ll see how things transpire in the off-season,” Quenneville told WGN, as quoted by the Chicago Tribune. “We’ll have to think about it and we’ll see.”
The Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators are among the teams that will be searching for a new head coach this off-season, while another eight teams could enter the off-season with their coach on an expiring deal.
Quenneville, who has been fired three times in his career, won’t rush a return behind the bench but is keeping his eyes and ears open.
“It’s part of the business,” he said. “I understand all that. I know when I exited other places the bitterness and the animosity was at a different level and here (in Chicago) the memories are so special and so good and the people are so special to me and our family that it was tough.”
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.