Tag: Joel Quenneville

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Deadline approaching for Jackets to sign prospect Peter Quenneville


The Columbus Blue Jackets have already lost prospect goaltender Oscar Dansk who decided to sign in the Swedish Hockey League earlier this week.

According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Jackets are now in danger of losing Peter Quenneville.

GM Jarmo Kekalainen tells Portzline the Jackets are still uncertain about signing the forward.

If Quenneville isn’t signed by June 1, he is eligible to go back into this year’s draft.

The 21-year-old has spent parts of two seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League after leaving Quinnipiac University during the 2013-14 season. He had 27 goals and 75 points in 72 games this season.

Quenneville, who is the second cousin of Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and nephew of Islanders’ defenseman Johnny Boychuk by marriage, was the seventh round selection of the Jackets (195th overall) in 2013.

With Rozsival sidelined, Rundblad steps in on ‘Hawks blue line

David Rundblad, Nathan Gerbe

When and where the Blackhawks will open up the Western Conference final has yet to be determined, but one thing is for sure, David Rundblad will be on the Chicago blue line when they do.

Rundblad is the benefactor of a fractured ankle suffered by Michal Rozsival in Game 4 of the ‘Hawks series against the Minnesota Wild. Rozsival will miss the remainder of the playoffs.

“He’s going to come in and play,” said Joel Quenneville per the Chicago Sun-Times. “Other guys are accustomed to playing significant minutes. Every game’s going to be different, but his play and the game and the score will play a lot into it.”

Rundblad has never played an NHL playoff game. In 49 games during the regular season the 24-year-old had three goals and 11 assists to go a long with a plus-17 rating while averaging 12:48 in ice time.

“You’ve just got to keep it simple,” Rundblad said. “Especially now, when I haven’t been playing. It’s way more faster, way more intense in the playoffs than the regular season. I’ve just got to go out there and just be quick, and do everything quick. Just keep it as simple as I can.”

Veteran Kimmo Timonen could also see a bump in ice time with Rozsival sidelined.

The 40-year-old has a plus-3 rating in 10 playoff games while averaging 9:25 in ice time – down from his regular season average of 11:59.

“If I get more, I get more. If I don’t, I don’t,” said Timonen. “That’s my role and I’m happy to do it. If it’s seven, eight, 12 minutes — that’s more than I was supposed to play this year anyway. I’ll take whatever I get. We’re going to the conference finals. The team is playing well. I’m really happy to be part of a winning team.”

Added Quenneville: “We’ll see. The play and the score and [Rundblad’s] play and how the other guys are managing their minutes [will be a factor]. It’ll all sort itself out.”

The Blackhawks await the winner of the series between Anaheim and Calgary.

Crawford was ‘a little pissed off at first’ with Darling starting

Scott Darling, Corey Crawford, Teuvo Teravainen

With Scott Darling making his fourth straight start tonight when the Blackhawks play host to the Nashville Predators in Game 6, Corey Crawford was asked how he’s dealing with the situation.

“(I was) a little pissed off at first,” he told Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mark Lazerus. “It’s only natural. I think that’s a good thing. It shows I want to play.

“We’re up in the series, so life’s good.”

Crawford allowed three goals on 12 shots and was replaced by Darling in Game 1. Darling made 42 saves in the double-overtime victory. Crawford then started Game 2 and made 29 saves in a 6-2 loss.

The 30-year-old is 0-1 with a 6.75 G.A.A. and an .809 save percentage.

“Crow’s a good guy, a good teammate, a good pro,” said Joel Quenneville. “I’m sure he wants to play in the worst way.”

Darling is 3-1 in the series to go along with a 1.73 G.A.A. and a .950 save percentage.

Blackhawks make line changes ahead of Game 6

Kris Versteeg

The Chicago Blackhawks have another chance to close out their first round series with the Nashville Predators tonight at the United Center.

Head coach Joel Quenneville shuffled his lines slightly at the team’s morning skate.

Kris Versteeg will move up to the Hawks’ second line alongside Brad Richards and Patrick Kane. Bryan Bickell moves down to play with Antoine Vermette and Patrick Sharp.

“They’re both useful options with that [second] line,” said Quenneville.

Versteeg has a goal in the first five games of the series while Bickell has two assists and eight penalty minutes in the five games.

Islanders drop a season-high fourth straight in loss to Blackhawks

New Jersey Devils v New York Islanders

The New York Islanders fell 4-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night stretching their losing streak to a season-high four games.

The Islanders offense has dried up during the skid as New York has managed just one goal in each of the four games.

The slump coincides with the loss of defenseman Nick Leddy, who missed his fourth game due to an upper body injury.

The good news is Leddy is on the road trip now, which means he could return as early as Saturday.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville reunited Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa and the moved paid off.

The trio combined for four goals and four assists as Chicago stretched its win streak to three games.

Toews led the way with two goals and two helpers. Hossa added a pair of goals while Sharp had two assists.

The win gives the Blackhawks a five point cushion on the Minnesota Wild in the Central Division while the loss leaves the Islanders just two points up on the Penguins in the Metropolitan Division.

Corey Crawford improved to 29-14-5 with a 38 save performance.

Nikolay Kulemin had the lone Islanders goal.

Michal Neuvirth stopped 26 shots in the loss.