In the NHL, it seems that coaches see only one cure for anemic offense — break up the big line and spread the wealth. It’s working for New Jersey, although their offense is pretty weak. But maybe it’ll work for Vancouver, where coach Marc Crawford is breaking up his top line of Todd Bertuzzi, Markus Naslund, and Brendan Morrison, hoping their skills are contagious.
Part of this plan is to jump start Jan Hlavac, the permanently underachieving winger. Hlavac had one good season and was never able to come close to it again. Everyone thought he was on the rise, but it turns out he was just peaking.
UPDATE: Vancover only managed 22 shots last night. And the only goal came from defenseman Ed Jovanovski. Maybe Crawford needs to reshuffle.