Quenneville going for career win No. 700 tonight


When the Blackhawks take on the Flyers tonight on NBCSN, there’ll be more at stake than the usual two points.

‘Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville will be looking for his 700th career win, which would put him in elite company — only Scotty Bowman (1,244 wins) and Al Arbour (782) are members of the NHL’s 700-win club.

“I’ve been really fortunate where I’ve been,” Quenneville said, per the Chicago Daily Herald. “I’ve been in some real good situations with some great organizations, some real good teams.”

Quenneville’s right to say he’s been in some very good situations. His time in St. Louis saw him lead one of the greatest teams in franchise history during the 1999-2000 campaign — the Blues finished with 51 wins and 114 points, helping Quenneville win his first and only Jack Adams Award.

From there, Quenneville inherited a quality Colorado team that won at least 43 games in each of his three seasons at the helm. The Avalanche experience was quickly followed by his current gig in Chicago, where he’s achieved the greatest success of his career — a pair of Stanley Cup championships and a winning percentage that’s never dipped below .590.

“I’ve had the privilege to coach some great players as well here [in Chicago],” he explained. “It’s been a great six years here in Chicago. We’re very happy with where we’re at.”

At 55, Quenneville looks as though he’ll make a serious run at Arbour for No. 2 on the coaching list. He signed a three-year extension with Chicago last July and should have some good shelf life remaining, especially given how well his counterparts have done at an older age — Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock is 62; Anaheim’s Bruce Boudreau is 59.

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.