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Joel Quenneville talks about his staff's responsibilities

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While preaching shared responsibilities, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville revealed some of his plans for his hand-picked coaching staff for the coming season.

"Jamie [Kompon] may have the power play and [Mike Kitchen] may get the [penalty kill], but we'll all have some input," Quenneville said during the Hawks convention at the Hilton Chicago.

The idea that Kompon, who was named Mike Haviland's replacement last week, may be disconcerting for some Hawks fans, especially with the power play's ineffectiveness being a spark for change and internal conflict last season.

The Hawks had the No. 26 power play last season and Haviland eventually was made the scapegoat for it, among other things.

Kompon was often faulted for the power-play woes of the Los Angeles Kings during his tenure with them His contract was not renewed by the Kings after they won the Stanley Cup. There were reports that Kings coach Darryl Sutter changed Kompon's responsibilities when he took over.

The Kings were 17th in the NHL on the power play last season after being 21st a year earlier. But in 2009-10, Los Angeles was No. 7.

"Watching [Kompon] progress in the league, you have to admire what he brings to the game," said Quenneville, who hired Kompon as a video coach with the St. Louis Blues.

"He's dedicated in all aspects to the team and the game. He's really improved as a hockey guy. Nobody works harder than Jamie and nobody is more dedicated. I'm happy for him, winning a championship. We were very fortunate that we were able to acquire him."

Kompon, overall, is unfamiliar with the Hawks' personnel, but he does come from same hometown as Patrick Sharp and they have mutual friends.

"I know he's paid his dues and been around a long time in the league," said Sharp, who has met Kompon a few time. "He's familiar with Joel and with Kitch. It's a decision that they've made. We're happy to have him on board and hopefully it all works out well."

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