Stick in Link: Dan ‘The PP Man’ Hamhuis; Sharks vs Canucks previews

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Canucks need a non-Sedin option in the shootout

When John Tortorella joined the Canucks as head coach, he came in refreshingly free of preconceptions. Those parts of the Canucks’ reputation that he was familiar with, he investigated and either found they weren’t true or took steps to change, speaking out against the Sedins’ “soft” label and the team’s connection to diving and embellishment.

He didn’t let Ryan Kesler’s history as a Selke-winning centre impact his decision to move him to the wing on the top line. He hasn’t been afraid to give any of his top players massive minutes, including the risk-taking Kevin Bieksa. He insisted the Sedins could and would kill penalties and block shots.

That last one is a big one. Tortorella wants his best players to play in every situation, so the Sedins have chipped in on the penalty kill to go with their big minutes at even-strength and on the powerplay. Unfortunately, Tortorella’s insistence on using the Sedins in every situation has extended to the shootout, where their reputation perfectly aligns with reality.

So please, Tortorella, keep the Sedins on the bench during the shootout. At the very least, don’t put Daniel Sedin out there.

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