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Blackhawks extend contract of head coach Denis Savard @NHLdotcom

CHICAGO (CP) - The Chicago Blackhawks have extended head coach Denis Savard's contract through the 2008-09 season.

Savard was named the 36th head coach in Blackhawk history on Nov. 27, finishing the season with a 24-30-7 record.

"We were very satisfied with the job Denis did last season and we feel he has earned this opportunity," GM Dale Tallon said in a statement Thursday. "Denis has been a part of the Blackhawks organization for a long time.

"We know that he will put his heart and soul into coaching this team just as he did as a player."

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