Miller and McGuire on Ched
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10-03-2003, 03:27 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
That's all well and good when the "first line" produces. It's not as simple as that, though. Slumps and line juggling WILL lead to unforseen problems; some players might be unhappy, some will want more ice time, some will struggle with new teammates, etc. And as you mentioned, locker room problems could arise as well. In principle, it's all well and good. But try telling the NYR that. A team can't have too many star players in hockey simply because it is a substitution game. This isn't soccer where you can load up because every star can be on the pitch for the majority of the game. Star players thrive on ice time and being played in key situations. Their play CAN suffer if they don't play enough, or if they feel as though they are being underused.
I don't really see locker room issues as much of a problem in this case. Most of the top guys, Kariya, Selanne, Sakic, Forsberg seem to have reputations as guys who'll do anything to win, including sacrificing ego and icetime. Kariya and Selanne, just want to play together, and I mean c'mon, they're proably going to be centred by Sakic. This is probably a dream for these guys. They sacrifice at best, 5 minutes of ice time a game, but they get to play with Sakic instead of some plugger.
I would think even in an inexperienced coach could come up with some kind of straightforward system: Each unit takes turns on being the #1 line, on a game-to-gamebasis or even a powerplay-powerplay basis
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