The Chicago Blackhawks fired head coach Denis Savard today...AFTER 4 GAMES!!!
Hours after winning their first game of the year against the Phoenix Coyotes, Savard was let go. The Blackhawks were only 1-2-1 on the very young season so far.
Since I am still new to the game of hockey, I decided to do a little bit of research. Savard was 40-34-8 while having a bunch of young hockey players take a lot of minutes. This was their first 40 win season since the 2001-2002 campaign. Over his Blackhawk coaching career, Savard posted a record of 65-66-16 over parts of three seasons as a coach.
It seems to me that Savard had the Blackhawks heading in the right direction. But then I thought to myself, "was it personal?". Unless Savard did something so horrific in the past three games, it couldn't have been personal. The new owner has been there for a little over a year and if he didn't like/want Savard as coach, then he would have made a change already.
But why make a change now? The Blackhawks management had to have known that they wanted to make a change in the off season, or even during pre season games. Why not make a change then?
I just don't understand why they would wait until this early in the season to make a change. With a hockey legend like Scotty Bowman in the front office, I would think that they would be smarter than that.
Joel Quenneville is the new head man on the Blackhawks bench. He has been around and will bring a wealth of experience the this young team. Previously, he had been working as a scout for the Blackhawks.
It will be interesting to see how this change affects the Blackhawks this season. I for one, will be paying attention.