UPDATE: Panthers Announce Quenneville as Head Coach
Dale Tallon and Joel Quenneville are together again, this time with the Florida Panthers.
Tallon has hired the Windsor native to coach the Panthers — he did the same in Chicago in 2008 and Quenneville guided the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup championships.
The Panthers fired coach Bob Boughner on Sunday, also a Windsor native, one day after the season ended.
Quenneville told the media at his welcome news conference that the Panthers have potential.
"I think that a young group here finds a way to get in the playoffs. Tough division, tough challenge, things happen, things happen quickly, just like how quickly this thing came together over the weekend."
Quenneville feels Florida can be a Stanley Cup contender.
"I believe this team is close to winning and I was fortunate, the luckiest guy in the world, when I walked into the Chicago situation. A team ready, sitting on go to win, I feel the same here now."
He says the outgoing Boughner didn't make big mistakes.
"I've got to say, Bobby Boughner did a great job here. I had the privilege of coaching Boogie and I know how competitive a guy he is and what a good person he is and I believe he did a really good job with this team."
At this point there's no indication where Boughner will end up after being relieved of his coaching duties in Florida.
Quenneville, 60, has over 20 years of NHL head coaching experience with the St. Louis Blues (1996-97 to 2003-04), Colorado Avalanche (2005-06 to 2007-08) and Chicago Blackhawks (2008-09 to 2018-19) organizations. His 890 regular season wins as an NHL head coach are the second most in NHL history.
Prior to his head coaching career, Quenneville served as an assistant coach for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche (1994-96), winning the 1996 Stanley Cup.