Players were shocked when they first heard the news that Quenneville, the second-winningest coach in NHL history, was let go.
The Blackhawks have fired head coach Joel Quenneville, who led the team to 3 Stanley Cups:
They've gone through quite a bit of shuffling in the front office and behind the bench of late, but current general manager Dale Tallon was the guy who hired Quenneville to take over for Denis Savard in Chicago.
Quenneville got his coaching start with the Blues and stayed behind the bench in St. Louis from 1997-2004, leading the club to seven straight playoff berths -- including a Presidents' Trophy in 1999-2000.
Breaking: The Blackhawks have fired Joel Quenneville. He is the second-winningest coach in NHL history and won 3 Stanley Cups in 10 years in Chicago.
The Blackhawks have fired Joel Quenneville and replaced him with Jeremy Colliton
Breaking news: The @NHLBlackhawks have fired 3-time Stanley Cup Champion coach Joel Quenneville. The Hawks are 6-6-3 to start the year. #Blackhawks
But while the Hawks’ front office pointed the finger at Quenneville for the team’s recent mishaps, players only blamed themselves.
Despite his outwardly intense nature and often terse public comments, Quenneville proved to be a players’ coach who commanded and received respect from everyone around him.
Joel Quenneville was fired as coach of the Blackhawks on Tuesday. Jeremy Colliton becomes the 38th coach in Blackhawks history.
BREAKING: The Chicago Blackhawks have fired head coach Joel Quenneville and named Jeremy Colliton as his replacement.
Joel Quenneville, the greatest coach in Blackhawks history, has been fired by lesser men
BREAKING | Blackhawks have fired head coach Joel Quenneville
While Detroit may not be the most luxurious coaching destination at the present time, taking over during a rebuild and helping to revive the franchise could be an appealing challenge for Quenneville.
And Kane went so far as to call Quenneville the “fall guy” for the team missing the playoffs last season and going 0-5-1 over the last six games.
Randy Carlyle is on the hot seat in Anaheim and it was previously believed that general manager Bob Murray wanted to give him some more time to figure things out considering how many injuries the Ducks have dealt with in the early going, but Quenneville's availability could change things.
Since taking his first coaching job with the St. Louis Blues in 1997, Quenneville has only ever finished a season without qualifying for a playoff berth twice.
Daniel Carcillo says Quenneville ‘deserved better’ Former Hawks forward Vinnie Hinostroza on new coach Colliton Other reactions to Quenneville’s firing from the hockey community
With Joel Quenneville being fired by the Chicago Blackhawks, the longest-tenured NHL coaches: 1. Jon Cooper (TBL) 2. Paul Maurice (WPG) 3. Peter Laviolette (NSH)