Dale Tallon and Joel Quenneville are together again, and the Florida Panthers are ready for them to re-create their success.
Quenneville — who is second on the NHL’s all-time victory list — was hired Monday to coach the Panthers, who started their offseason with a splash. It’s also a reunion, after Tallon hired Quenneville to coach Chicago in 2008 and wound up watching him win three Stanley Cups there in a six-year span.
Tallon wasn’t there for those Chicago titles; he was fired less than a year after delivering Quenneville. Finally, now, Tallon gets a chance to work with Quenneville again.
“Fate is a wonderful thing in my life,” Tallon said. “It’s like a blessing for me. This is a blessing. There are a lot of coaching jobs available. We wanted to get it done because he’s a popular guy and a lot of teams out there would love to have him as their coach.”
Quenneville’s hiring was announced less than 36 hours after the Panthers’ season ended.
Quenneville’s 890 wins are second only to Scotty Bowman in NHL history. Quenneville is one of 11 coaches with three Stanley Cups.
• Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, whose time with the St. Louis Blues, and maybe in the NHL, seemed headed to an unceremonious end at one point this season, completed his turnaround by signing a one-year, $3.25 million extension with the team.
• Minnesota forward J.T. Brown was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication in Dallas before the Wild’s season finale. The 28-year-old apologized for making a “poor decision.”
• Detroit Red Wings hed coach Jeff Blashill will lead the U.S. at the men’s world championship next month in Slovakia.
Soccer: Pele left a Paris hospital after being treated for a urinary infection. The 78-year-old soccer great said in statement that he will be back home in Brazil “ready to work again” after a five-day stay at the American Hospital of Paris. “I suffered from a severe urinary infection that demanded medical and surgical assistance as an emergency,” the three-time World Cup winner said.
College basketball: Purdue’s Carsen Edwards and Kansas’ Dedric Lawson are leaving school early to enter the NBA draft. Edwards, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard, averaged 24.3 points per game this season. Lawson, a 6-9 forward, averaged 19.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.
• Duke announced that point guard Tre Jones will stay for his sophomore season rather than enter the NBA draft. He was one of four freshman starters for the Blue Devils this season. The other three are leaving for the NBA.
• Maryland’s Jalen Smith will return for his sophomore year rather than enter the NBA draft. The 6-10 forward averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds as a freshman.
• Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes decided to stay with the Volunteers after reports linked him to the UCLA vacancy. Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer issued a statement saying he was “thrilled” Barnes will remain. Barnes has gone 88-50 in four seasons in Knoxville.
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