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Quenneville, Bowman to Return to Blackhawks Next Season

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    Quenneville, Bowman to Return to Blackhawks Next Season
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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 06: Head coach Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks watches as his team takes on the Carolina Hurricanes at the United Center on January 6, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    The Chicago Blackhawks are missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade, but it doesn't sound like wholesale changes are coming to the West Side. 

    According to Blackhawks President John McDonough, both General Manager Stan Bowman and head coach Joel Quenneville will be back with the team next season, even after a last place finish in the Central Division. 

    In ten seasons with the Blackhawks, Quenneville has a record of 446-241-93, and has led the team to five Western Conference Final appearances and three Stanley Cup championships. He is the second-winningest coach in NHL history, and although there were questions about his status with the team, he will remain at the helm next season. 

    As for Bowman, he took over as G.M. from Dale Tallon in 2009, and has made numerous big-time moves, including signing Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, and Jonathan Toews to lucrative contract extensions. 

    In recent years, he has come under fire for the contract extension he signed Brent Seabrook to, as well as his trades of popular players like Artemi Panarin and Teuvo Teravainen. 

    Bowman has recently begun re-signing players for next season, leading most experts to say that he would remain with the team. 

    We'll have more on this breaking story as it develops. 

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