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Do not be mistaken, Joel Quenneville is a great coach. He led the Chicago Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup in 2009-10 and the team has made the playoffs ever since then—always presenting a tough challenge to their opponents.
He even has the support from the players. Greg Wyshynski reports, on Yahoo Sports!, Patrick Sharp as saying:
He's our leader, he's our coach, we play hard for him and we believe in him. I know that if something would happen, there would be a lot of unhappy people in the room right now, as far as players putting that on themselves.
However, if there is one thing that could benefit the team as a whole it would be some consistency. This involves Quenneville figuring out the line combinations he would like for the year.
Even strength, power play and penalty kill combinations need to be penned in, and not just penciled. The Blackhawks players may like the fluidity Quenneville imposes on the bench, but having set linemates for the duration of the season may be more beneficial.
It will allow the players to mesh with their teammates and really start to connect with the tendencies of the guys with whom they are skating.
Knowing exactly whom they are playing with will take some of the guess work from their minds—and will also free up time for Quenneville to concentrate on more pressing matters.