The Chicago Blackhawks have scheduled a news conference for Friday “to make a major team announcement,” and a source confirmed it will be a contract extension for coach Joel Quenneville.
Quenneville’s contract runs through the 2013-14 season and earlier this month, general manager Stan Bowman said he would address the coach’s contract status.
“It’s always good to get those things done in the summertime and sort of clear the deck to focus on hockey starting in the fall,” Bowman said on July 12.
Quenneville has guided the Hawks to two Stanley Cup championships — including this season when he was a nominee for the Jack Adams Trophy as the top coach in the NHL — in five campaigns at the helm.
On July 12, Quenneville said he wanted a new deal and that “there are a lot of positives in all aspects of being here.”