It Looks Like Joel Quenneville Will Coach The Florida Panthers
After a long, historic run in Chicago and a 30 minute stint as head coach of the Flyers, it appears as if Joel Quenneville is heading down to Sunrise, FL to become the next head coach of the Florida Panthers.
We were talking on the last episode of Go With The Flow about how Florida has a nice foundation to build around in with some of the young talent they have accumulated over the years in Aleksander Barkov, Aaron Ekblad and Vince Trochek, in addition to some really nice veterans they have complemented them with such as Mike Hoffman and Keith Yandle who is coming off a very productive season.
In addition to all of this, Florida has a little bit over $17MM to play with this offseason to make their long-awaited run at Artemi Panarin and/or Sergei Bobrovsky. In addition to the number of reports indicating Panarin would be interested in playing in Florida, it would make sense for him to team up with fellow Russian Aleksander Barkov and have Bobrovsky come right with him. Hiring a familiar coach in Joel Quenneville makes Florida that much more attractive.
As a Hawks fan, I was starting to get worried that Q’s systems maybe became a little bit outdated in the latter years of his tenure in Chicago, seeing as the Blackhawks were a massive disappointment in his final 2 seasons. However I think that being able to coach a new group with a younger foundation in a less competitive division could be conducive to his success in Florida. Coaches do have a shelf life, and it is quite possible that after reaching his in Chicago, starting fresh in Florida can trigger some more successful campaigns.
This offseason could prove to be very big for the Panthers. If they’re able to hit big in free agency and add some additional depth on the wings, Q could have a nice team to work with and get Florida back into the playoffs