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Dreger: Quenneville finds spot with Blackhawks

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9/26/2008 10:44:05 AM
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The Chicago Blackhawks are once again an organization players want to play for and coaches and managers want to work for.

The most recent example finds Joel Quenneville hired as a pro scout.

The former Colorado Avalanche head coach will spend most of his time keeping tabs on college hockey, primarily the Univeristy of Denver and Colorado College, both close to Quenneville's home.

With Scotty Bowman hired by Chicago this summer to act as a Senior Advisor, Quenneville's addition brings another respected hockey mind into the Blackhawks organization, although some see his new part-time job as a nice insurance policy for Chicago in the event the team struggles and a coaching change is required.

If the Blackhawks lose four out of five games, will Denis Savard be looking over his shoulder?

Hawks general manager Dale Tallon scoffs at the suggestion.

"That's not it at all," Tallon told TSN. 

"That's not why we brought him in. Joel is here to help me more than anything," Tallon added.

Tallon says Quenneville and Savard have talked and there are no issues or concerns.

Tallon is far more focused on the promise he sees in his team and the excitement that continues to build in Chicago.

The Blackhawks have sold roughly 14,000 season tickets, compared to approximately 3,500 last year.

On Tuesday, just under 19,000 fans paid to watch the Blackhawks and the Columbus Blue Jackets in an exhibition game. A number Tallon jokingly points out may have taken four games to hit in the preseason last year.

There's excitement in Chicago, but there's also expectation.

Ownership and the Blackhawks fan base see the promise, however staying patient and allowing this young team to grow under current management and the existing coaching staff may be Chicago's toughest challenge.

Darren Dreger

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