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Hawks add 2 years to coach Q's deal

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CHICAGO -- Stan Bowman wanted to keep Joel Quenneville in Chicago, and the coach had no desire to leave.

After two Stanley Cup titles in four seasons, this was a no-brainer.

The Blackhawks announced a three-year contract extension for Quenneville on Friday, kicking off their sixth annual fan convention with a crowd-pleasing move.

"There's no one we'd want coaching this team more than Joel," said Bowman, who was promoted to general manager about nine months after Quenneville was hired in 2008. "He's done a fantastic job over the years. I think the record speaks for itself."

The 54-year-old Quenneville is 222-106 in five seasons in Chicago. He led the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup in 2010, ending a 49-year drought, then coached them to another title this year.

With captain Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and several other players standing off to the side, Quenneville said he was privileged to coach the best group in the league.

"I know we don't get to see all the other teams, but as far as the character, the quality, the experience, the leadership, we have all the intangibles that can make a team successful," he said.

Quenneville's deal was set to expire next year, but it now runs through the 2016-17 season.

It's likely the last major off-season move for the Blackhawks, who return largely intact as they try to become the first team to win consecutive NHL titles since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.

"It's a great start to the weekend with the Hawks announcing the contract for Q," Toews said. "It's much deserved."

This is Quenneville's third stop as a head coach in the NHL. The former defenceman is 660-389-77 in 16 seasons with St. Louis, Colorado and Chicago. He won the Jack Adams Award, given to the head coach who has contributed most to his team's success, in 2000 with the Blues and was a nominee for the award again this year.

Quenneville led Chicago to an NHL-best 36-7-5 record this season. The Blackhawks earned at least one point in each of their first 24 games, setting an NHL record. He has recorded at least 40 wins in nine of his 10 full seasons as a coach.

Palmieri staying with Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Right-winger Kyle Palmieri has re-signed with the Anaheim Ducks, agreeing to a three-year deal worth $4.4 million. The restricted free agent agreed to the deal Friday.

Palmieri had 10 goals and 11 assists in 42 games with the Pacific Division champion Ducks last season, his first full NHL campaign. He added five points in Anaheim's first-round playoff loss to Detroit, tying for the team lead with three goals.

Palmieri has 15 goals in 70 NHL games over three seasons with the Ducks, who drafted the American forward in the first round in 2009.

Blues hanging on to Allen

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen has signed a two-year-contract after his strong showing as a rookie.

Allen was 9-4-0 with a 2.46 goals-against average to lead rookie goalies, filling in when Jaroslav Halak was injured and Brian Elliott was slumping. His .692 winning percentage was a franchise rookie record and he was the team's first rookie to win at least nine games since Curtis Joseph in 1989-90.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 27, 2013 C6

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