Henrik Sedin won’t be playing for the Vancouver Canucks any more before he’s scheduled to take part in the Winter Olympics. That’s because he’s clearly still dealing with a linger upper-body problem, and his NHL team has seen enough. They’re shutting him down until after the Winter Games and won’t allow him to play against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday or the Montreal Canadiens this evening.
“We are shutting Henrik down for next 2 games. He wants to play, but he’s not as effective as we need him to be right now.” – Torts
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) February 6, 2014
Sedin missed six contests with the injury, but made an attempt to suit up in Vancouver’s last two games. He was incredibly limited in the faceoff circle and is obviously still struggling in all aspects of the game. If Canucks head coach John Tortorella had his way, Sedin wouldn’t be heading to Sochi at all either.
John Tortorella on wether Henrik Sedin should go to the Olympics: “Do I want him to go, no. But that’s a family matter.”
— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) February 6, 2014
This sets up a dramatic and combustible situation in Vancouver. Sedin has been a mainstay on Team Sweden since the 2006 Winter Games and has been selected as an alternate captain on the squad. This is yet another NHL responsibility vs national responsibility situation, and the results won’t make all parties happy regardless of whether or not Sedin competes for Sweden.
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