Gary Bettman claims Joel Quenneville has not approached NHL about a return

SUNRISE FL. — Joel Quenneville, a three time Stanley Cup winner, is not telling Gary Bettman that he plans to coach next season.

Bettman would be in the loop about that news.

Quenneville, Florida's coach, resigned in October. Details of how Quenneville did this were not available. Chicago BlackhawksMishandled allegations that a player had been sexually abused in 2010 by an assistant coach during the team's run for the Stanley Cup. Quenneville was Chicago’s head coach at the time of the abuse.

Bettman will approve any Quenneville plan. This is one of the NHL-imposed conditions. Quenneville so far has not asked for such an appointment.

Bettman stated that “there's nothing currently happening to Joel.” “And if and whenever there's a genuine conversation to be had then I'll concentrate on that at the moment.”

Bettman, who is making the rounds of NHL playoff towns now that the postseason started, was in Florida for the Panthers Eastern Conference first round game against the Atlanta Predators. Washington CapitalsThursday night

Quenneville is the second-winningest NHL coach, his 969 victories surpassing Scotty Bowman's 1,244 total.

Bettman stated that Joel would initiate it if he feels it's appropriate and that he feels ready to return and there's an opening. “But, again, I'll need to make an evaluation at the time.”

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