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By Ben Meyer-Abbott
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Patrick Sharp was in Finland, playing for Canada at the International Ice Hockey World Championships, when he heard via social media about the Blackhawks' firing assistant coach Mike Haviland.

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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville feels like it will ultimately be his decision when deciding who replaces the recently fired Mike Haviland on the team's bench.

Whether that's truly the case remains to be seen. But Quenneville was asked what he's looking for in an assistant coach going forward.

In a surprise decision, the Blackhawks fired assistant coach Mike Haviland on Tuesday.

When I last spoke with Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, he had said that he is yet to be contacted by a team seeking permission to speak with assistant coach Mike Haviland about their head coaching vacancy.

That was last Wednesday after the NHL general managers met in a downtown Boston hotel to discuss Rule 48. (My story from our chat is here.)

"No, but there's a lot of coaching vacancies still out there," Bowman said at the time. "We take those things as they come. Hopefully, [Haviland is] with us because he's a great asset as well."

With former Hawks assistant GM Kevin Cheveldayoff now in charge of Winnipeg's new NHL franchise, there have been some rumblings that it's only a matter of time before Haviland gets contacted by him.

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Mark Lazerus was honored nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors for three straight years at the Post-Tribune, was named one of the top three columnists in Indiana for three straight years and has won more than 20 statewide writing awards. He has covered Notre Dame for Sun-Times Media, and now covers the Blackhawks.

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