CHICAGO (AP) -Blackhawks coach Denis Savard received a contract extension through the 2008-09 season.
Savard has been the team's coach since November following the dismissal of Trent Yawney. He finished the season with a 24-30-7 record.
General manager Dale Tallon was impressed with the job. He added that Savard - a Hall of Fame player who spent much of his career with the Blackhawks - will ``put his heart and soul into coaching this team.''
The extension comes a few weeks after the Blackhawks signed Patrick Kane, the first overall pick in the June NHL draft.

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