The deal wasn't finalized until Wednesday, but Hawks GM Dale Tallon said after the 3-0 win over Edmonton at the United Center that Joel Quenneville signed a three-year contract earlier in the day.
Quenneville's deal will keep him behind the bench at least through the 2010-11 season while Tallon is signed only through next year.
"Maybe it should have been a five-year deal," Tallon joked after watching the Hawks dominate the Oilers...
Defenseman Brent Sopel was an "unhealthy scratch" against the Oilers, according to Quenneville, who took advantage of the new rule from the NHL that teams no longer need to disclose injuries.
So from now on players are either hurt or not hurt. Quenneville wouldn't even say if Sopel had an upper body injury or lower body injury. Maybe it's an out of body injury.