11/27/2006 11:33:02 AM
The Chicago Blackhawks have fired coach Trent Yawney.
Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon has announced that Blackhawks legend Denis Savard will replace Yawney behind the bench as the head coach, not the interim head coach.
A new assistant coach will be hired by the weekend.
Sources say the firing of Yawney was attributable to his cautious, defence-first approach and that Hawks' management is looking for a more aggressive, offensive mindset in terms of how the team plays.
It's expected that scoring wingers Martin Havlat and Rene Bourque could also be back in the Hawks' lineup by next week.
The Blackhawks have a 7-12-2 record this season and sit fourth in the Central Division.