Gutless move by 'new' Hawks

Gutless move by 'new' Hawks

Posted by TimS on Thu, 10/16/2008 - 13:21
Maybe Denis Savard wasn't the right coach to take the Hawks to the playoffs and beyond. We'll never know that now. But for them to fire Savard four games into the season after letting him go through the off-season and training camp is a move right out of the Bill Wirtz school for not how to run a franchise. If Rocky Wirtz (wasn't he supposed to be different?), John McDonough, Dale Tallon and Scotty Bowman had any concerns about Savard's ability to coach, why didn't they have the guts to make the decision to change coaches before training camp? Now the organization appears to be a mess again. Heck, just last Friday McDonough went on the Score with Hanley and Mulligan and said the Hawks were "very, very happy with Denis Savard as head coach." Guess things change in a week. And there was Tallon at training camp claiming that Joel Quenneville, now the new coach, came to him asking for a job as a scout. How dumb are we supposed to be? Quenneville is a good coach and a good guy who could take the Hawks where they want to go. But that won't excuse the wrong done to Savard. There is speculation that Savard's choice of goalies in Monday's home opener didn't please his bosses, especially after Cristobal Huet flopped in the shootout loss to Nashville before almost 22,000 people. Did Savard create this goalie problem by signing Huet as a free agent when everyone know Khabibulin's contract couldn't be unloaded? No, Tallon did. Dale still has a job today, but you have to wonder for how much longer.
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