Earlier today Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella admitted that he hoped captain Henrik Sedin wouldn’t go to Sochi to play for Team Sweden in the Olympic games. Just hours later, it has been revealed that Tortorella is going to get his wish as Sedin has been ruled out for the Olympics in Sochi.
The official announcement came via Dan Murphy of Sportsnet.
“Captain Henrik Sedin confirms that the Swedish reports are true. He will miss 2014 Olympics due to injury,” he announced via Twitter.
Sedin has been dealing with a rib injury for the past few weeks that took him out of six games prior to playing in Vancouver’s last two games against Detroit and Boston. Because of the injury, Tortorella also announced earlier that his captain was going to be shut down for the last two games before the Olympic break in order to rest.
With Sedin not playing in Sochi, it will allow the Swede to get fully healed to help his team make a push to the NHL playoffs. The Canucks currently sit in the second wild card spot in the Western Conference, just one point ahead of Phoenix and Dallas, and two ahead of surging Winnipeg.