Blackhawks give Quenneville three-year contract extension

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The Chicago Blackhawks have signed head coach Joel Quenneville to a three-year contract extension that runs through the end of the 2019-20 season.

Quenneville has coached the ‘Hawks since Denis Savard was fired four games into the 2008-09 campaign. The very next season, Chicago won its first Stanley Cup since 1961.

The Blackhawks have gone on to win two more Cups with Quenneville behind the bench.

From the press release:

He is the only active coach to have led a team to three Stanley Cup championships (2010, 2013 and 2015) and is currently one win shy of tying Al Arbour as the second-winningest coach in league history.

In Quenneville’s 580 regular-season games behind the Blackhawks bench, the team has compiled a record of 343-168-69. His regular-season points percentage of .651 is the best in Chicago franchise history, while his .624 postseason winning percentage (73-44) is the highest for a Blackhawks coach since 1940.

What wasn’t shared in the press release was Quenneville’s annual salary. In the past, what a coach makes hasn’t been of much concern, since it doesn’t have any impact on the team’s cap situation.

But after Mike Babcock signed for $6.25 million per year with the Maple Leafs, we’d be curious to find out.

Coaches around the league wouldn’t mind knowing either, we presume.

Update:

According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the three-year extension is for around $18 million. So close to Babcock’s annual salary but not quite as much.