Breaking Bad Habits: How Torts Broke Up The Sedins

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Years ago, fans and media alike never thought the Sedins would pan out as effective NHLers; seeing them as soft or weak. Now, 14 years later and 6 seasons of Breaking Bad, that same fan base is about to see the potential end of the Sedins…on the same line.

John Tortorella has only  been the Canucks bench boss for a short time, but he has made big changes up and down the roster. For the first time since the Twins have been members of the Vancouver Canucks, Henrik and Daniel Sedin may actually be playing on different lines and not just on the odd shift, but full time.

Torts, as he’s known to local media, is putting his stamp on the Canucks early and it may not go over well at your local water cooler. The Twins have been staples on the team’s top line for a number of years and have been inseparable since they were drafted 2nd and 3rd overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. The jokes about the Sedins are in the millions from the patented “sisters” comment to the regular “which one is which” questions.

The Sedins have found a ton of success playing together all these years.

The Sedins have found a ton of success playing together all these years.

As tough as it would seem to fathom this breakup of sorts, it isn’t actually a bad idea. Take for example when former Canucks bench boss Alain Vigneault took Alex Burrows off of Ryan Kesler’s line because he needed to spread the scoring around and find a fit for the twins. The next thing you know, Alex Burrows is a 30 goal scorer and the Canucks have two legit scoring lines every game. No one thought that Burrows and Kesler were ever going to be separated but it happened.

So why break up a sure thing? When the sure thing doesn’t produce anymore. The Sedins have been shut down worse than the U.S. Government in the past two seasons and they need a fresh take on their game. And it looks like the first test project with Mike Santorelli manning the wing across from Daniel was a success, but now Tortorella wants to diversify his portfolio and put a Sedin on the first two lines and hopefully spread out the scoring.

Henrik with Kesler and Higgins might be a great first line but how long will it last? Daniel, Santorelli and Hansen has a chance for some good secondary scoring as well. When Alex Burrows returns to the lineup, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Burrows on a line with Kesler and Daniel Sedin. The obvious connection of Kesler and Burrows hybrid with Daniel and Burrows makes sense.

The real question is: will these changes amount to anything? Will they stay the same or will Tortorella default back to having the Twins with Burrows or Santorelli? This current team doesn’t have a whole lot of promise right now and until some concrete results start pouring in, its still questions, questions, questions…and for some of you, Breaking Bad reruns.

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