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Quenneville said he'd watched the Blackhawks play in his role as a scout but had planned to spend the season away from the bench, even though he explored a coaching vacancy during the offseason.
"It was a little different watching from afar. The appetite and the passion that creeps in when you coach hopefully comes out tomorrow. I expect it to," Quenneville said.
Tallon has made three coaching changes during his tenure that began June 21, 2005. He replaced Brian Sutter with Trent Yawney and then appointed Savard after Yawney was fired.
Rocky Wirtz took over the team following the death of his father, Bill Wirtz, a little more than a year ago. Since then, Rocky Wirtz has hired McDonough, the former Chicago Cubs president and marketing guru, as president. The team has mended fences with former stars like Bobby Hull, made sure that home games are televised -- something Bill Wirtz was opposed to -- and allowed Tallon to spend in the free-agent market. In the offseason the Blackhawks signed free agent defenseman Brian Campbell to an eight-year contract that is worth $56.8 million.
The Blackhawks also have two young stars in last season's rookie of the year Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.
Quenneville and the Avalanche agreed to end their relationship at the end of last season after Colorado was swept out of the playoffs by the Detroit Red Wings. Quenneville was 131-92-23 in three seasons with Colorado. He spent eight seasons with the Blues, becoming the team's winningest coach with 307 victories.
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