Fair enough I was thinking he was there in 04 but it was still Carlyle. I still feel he has done a good job at developing out players. I do disagree with the other statements. Sedin's are so successful because of the way AV uses them. They are always put into situations where they have best chance of producing ( offensive zone starts) and rarely have to take defensive zone starts. AV also tries to deploy them against the oppositions weakest D pairing whenever possible. When Kesler scored 40 goals and was dominating was because Malhotra's 3rd line was able to take the majority of defensive assignments and allow Kesler more offensive room.
AV doesn't like this style because he played as a tough defenseman in the NHL, he uses it because its successful.
Well of course when you have home ice advantage and have that last change and you see the other team doesn't have their first D pairing out there, it's a perfect opportunity to have your best forwards on the ice. Most of the time though the Sedins, do play against opposition top D pairs, because teams will make that switch as soon as they see them on the ice. Sometimes they can't but most of the time they will be put on the ice to shut the Sedins down, but because of how offensively talented these guys are, they can make top D pairs look like just regular D.
Regards to Malhotra and the 3rd line, I'll agree with that, it did give Kesler more offensive chances, but it also was the year Kesler switched from being the anchor on the 2nd PP unit, to now playing on the 1st PP unit. I think what I'm more upset with is that 3rd line and MG, and how he didn't keep the key player on that line to keep that 3rd line together. Torres completed that line of Hansen, Malhotra and Torres, they played so well together and I wish MG signed Torres, that was a true definition of a key shut down line with engery. I also believe Malhotra would of benefited with Torres staying here, because they knew how each other played and it would of made it a lot easier for Malhotra to gel back together with a line he knew, and had much success with.