Brian Hedger from the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman denied speculation that the firing of assistant coach Mike Kitchen was designed to be a “warning shot directed at coach Joel Quenneville.” Bowman has already made moves this off-season. He fired Kitchen and AHL coach Ted Dent, trading Scott Darling to Carolina, and re-signing Richard Panik to a two year extension. According to the Chicago Tribune, Coach Quennevile was “surprised and upset by Kitchen’s firing.” Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman says he’ll be working with Coach Q to decide who the next assistant coach will be, Per Sun-Times. Bowman is currently at the 2017 World Championships in Cologne, Germany. He is scouting in preparation for the off-season.