Joel Quenneville will be back behind an NHL bench next season.
“Joel is a three-time Stanley Cup champion head coach who will be a transformative leader for the Florida Panthers franchise,” former Blackhawks and current Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said in a press release. “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’s deal is for five years and worth more than $30 million depending on bonuses, reports Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. The Panthers also have to pay Quenneville the $6 million he’s owed by the Blackhawks for 2019-20 after Chicago fired him in November.
On Sunday, Florida fired head coach Bob Boughner after going 79-62-22 in two seasons, missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs each time. The Panthers finished 36-32-14 in 2018-19, 12 points behind the Blue Jackets for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. Assistant Paul McFarland was also fired.
Quenneville, 60, is the second-winningest head coach in NHL history, compiling 890 wins with St. Louis, Colorado and Chicago; only Scotty Bowman (1,244) has more.