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Panthers officially hire Joel Quenneville to be their new head coach



The Florida Panthers have found their man.

Just a day after firing Bob Boughner, the team has hired three-time Stanley Cup champion Joel Quenneville to be their new head coach.

According to sources, his new deal with the Panthers will pay him over $6 million annually with bonuses.

“Joel is a three-time Stanley Cup champion head coach who will be a transformative leader for the Florida Panthers franchise,” said Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon.

“We’ve seized the opportunity to add one of the most successful head coaches in hockey history and we’re thrilled that Joel has agreed to take on the challenge of leading our promising young team. I’ve worked with Joel previously and have seen firsthand how his passion for the game, head coaching experience and leadership can impact an organization. Joel will accelerate our growth into a club that qualifies for the playoffs consistently and competes every year toward our goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”

Quenneville is fresh off a successful tenure with the Chicago Blackhawks. The 60-year old, who was fired as their head coach earlier in the season on November 6, posted a combined 452-249-96 regular season record in 797 games and 10-plus seasons with the franchise.

During his time in Chi-town, the Blackhawks qualified for the postseason nine out of a possible 10 times, and won three Stanley Cups over a six-year span in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

He sits at second in all-time wins as an NHL head coach with 890.

A news conference to announce the hiring will take place at BB&T Center this afternoon.


Patrick Kane becomes second youngest American player in NHL history to reach 1000-point mark



Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane accomplished quite the feat during the team’s 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

By assisting on Brandon Saad’s third period goal to make it 4-1 Chicago, Kane recorded his 1000th career NHL point. The significance of that? Well it puts him among the all-time great U.S. born players.

This made him the 10th American ever to reach the milestone. At 31 years of age, he is also the second youngest player among those lucky 10, only trailing the great Jeremy Roenick by eight days.

He was emotional about it following the game.

“That was special…What a moment, obviously, with everyone coming onto the ice and sharing that moment with me” said Kane.

“You see some faces in that pile that have been a big part of a lot of those points, whether it’s been [Jonathan Toews] or [Duncan Keith] or [Alex] DeBrincat recently. Saader to finish it off I think was pretty cool.”

Kane, who was selected first overall in the 2007 NHL Draft, has spent his entire career with the organization. Along with winning three Stanley Cups, multiple awards, and making nine NHL All-Star games, he has managed to compile 380 goals and 620 assists over a span of 12-plus seasons and 953 regular season games with the Blackhawks.

He has 60 points in 52 games this season.

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Hurricanes defenceman Dougie Hamilton out long term with broken left fibula



The Carolina Hurricanes have been dealt a major blow to their defensive core.

The team announced that veteran defenceman Dougie Hamilton will miss an extended period of time after breaking his left fibula during their 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Hamilton sustained the injury when he fell awkwardly into the boards after fighting for the puck with forward Kevin Stenlund with 16 seconds left in the second period.

The 26-year old has recorded 14 goals and 26 assists in 46 games this season. There is no timetable for his return.

As a result, his spot at the 2020 All-Star Game with the Metropolitan team has been filled by teammate Jaccob Slavin.

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Golden Knights fire head coach Gerard Gallant, immediately replace him with Peter DeBoer



The Vegas Golden Knights have made major changes following their loss on Tuesday night.

Just hours after their 4-2 road loss to the Buffalo Sabres, the team announced they have relieved head coach Gerard Gallant and assistant coach Mike Kelly of their duties. They immediately followed that with hiring Peter DeBoer to take Gallant’s place.

Gallant, 56, was hired as the franchise’s first-ever head coach in April 2017, and immediately led them to a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural campaign in the NHL.

However, things had soured since they blew a major three goal lead with 10 minutes remaining in Game 7 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last April.

Having the likes of Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny signed to major multiyear deals, they have high expectations, and came into 2019/2020 expected to compete for the cup. So far they have gotten out to a pedestrian 24-19-6 start, and are losers of four straight games heading into Wednesday.

Gallant leaves the franchise with a 118-75-20 record over two plus seasons, and won 16 combined playoff games during that span.

DeBoer, on the other hand, was just 35 days removed from being let go as head coach of the San Jose Sharks. He has quite the NHL resume backing him up.

The 51-year old has won 415 games, and been a head coach for three different teams (Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, Sharks) over 12 seasons.

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