One of the goals for new Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins is to better manage the ice time for his top forwards, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin.
Under former coach John Tortorella, Henrik was second among Canucks forwards last season at 20:40 per game, including 59 seconds per game on the penalty kill. Daniel was third among forwards at 20:36 per game, with an average of 56 seconds of shorthanded time.
Henrik's total of 69:04 of shorthanded ice time was his most since the 2005-06 season; Daniel's 68:22 of time on the penalty kill also was the most he's played since 2005-06, and double the amount he played the previous four seasons.
The more difficult extra minutes could have cut down on the offensive production of the Sedins, who turn 34 on Sept. 26. Henrik had 50 points in 70 games, the fewest he's had in an 82-game season since 2003-04; Daniel had 16 goals, the first time he's failed to score 20 in an 82-game season since 2003-04.
"We have to share the workload," Desjardins told The Canadian Press on Tuesday after taking part in a Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon. "They're good at all aspects of the game. They're good at killing penalties and they're good 5-on-5. They can play the power play. I think you're lucky to have players like that. For us, we want to make sure that they're able to go [and] at the end of the game they're still fresh and they're playing hard. So that may mean managing their minutes a little bit. We want to play with four lines."