After winning just three of their last 15 games, the Blackhawks have replaced head coach Trent Yawney with assistant Denis Savard.
Yawney was in his second season as the Blackhawks' bench boss, posting a record of 33-55-15.
"The bottom line is wins and losses and we needed to win more," said general manager Dale Tallon. "We've had some injuries, but in spite of that we're a better team than our record shows."
Tallon wants his club to play a more up-tempo style and believes Savard can move the Blackhawks in a new direction.
Savard, a Hall of Fame player who has been a Blackhawk assistant since 1997, is excited about the opportunity despite the unfortunate circumstances.
"I've always wanted to be a head coach," Savard said. "The circumstances are not the greatest because when you take over for somebody mid-season it means things did not go as well as we all expected.
"We're not happy over the last few years as far as our win-loss record is concerned," Savard added. "The players have to share that responsbibility. But we're looking to move forward and go in a new direction.
Tallon expects a second assistant coach to be added at a later date.
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