Blackhawks Fire Coach After Only 4 Games

Denis Savard, Head Coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, listens during the NHL Winter Classic 2009 press conference on July 22, 2008 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)

Chicago Blackhawks coach Denis Savard was fired Thursday and replaced with Joel Quenneville, only four games into the regular season.

Savard received the news Thursday morning from general manager Dale Tallon, only hours after the team's 4-1 win against Phoenix.

Apparently the firing was a result of a slow start to the season, and a public relations push. Tallon told ESPN that the team has just been flat this season. "It was a flat camp and we got out of the gate flat," Tallon said. "It just didn't seem that we carried over the energy that we had to finish the year last year. We felt we needed to send a message and invigorate this team."

Quenneville is a veteran coach who has been working as a scout for the Blackhawks. He coached the Colorado Avalanche from 2005 to 2008 and the St. Louis Blues from 1996 to 2004.

Still, I feel the Blackhawks have made a terrible mistake. Don't they know Savard invented the Spinarama? Honestly, how can a man like that NOT be an awesome coach?


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