NHL Preview 2011-12: Ron Wilson and 5 Coaches That Can't Afford a Slow Start

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NHL Preview 2011-12: Ron Wilson and 5 Coaches That Can't Afford a Slow Start
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Every year a team sacrifices its coach at the beginning of the season to try and motivate the players with change.

Sometimes the change works, just as it did when Joel Quennville took over in Chicago, while other times the slow start turns into a down year.

Of course some coach is going to be fired early on, but who will it be?

Often the coach has a team built around youth and when the team is supposed to start budding, the players sputter. A change of coach will give the players a change to react to. The decision in Chicago to hire Quennville eventually led to a Stanley Cup.

So here are five coaches who better be aware that a slow start could mean the end of a job.

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