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Daniel Sedin cares little for anonymous player polls

Feb 15, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

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God bless anonymous player polls. Not only do bloggers get to post the results, we get to post the reactions to said results. If we’re lucky, we even get to post a reaction to said reaction to said results. But we’ll cross that bridge if we get to it.

The most recent poll, courtesy Sports Illustrated, asked which all-star-caliber player was the easiest to intimidate. The winner (loser?) was Leafs sniper Phil Kessel, who was followed by Vancouver’s Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik.

Predictably Daniel Sedin was asked today about the poll, and guess what – he didn’t think much of it.

“So we weren’t first? That’s good,” he joked before telling reporters what he really thinks. “I’ve never been a big fan of [these polls]. We had one of those from CBC, too, and I think everyone threw it in the garbage. I think that’s the way to do it. If you’re going to say something, at least stand for it and show your face. I’ve been asked to participate in anonymous polls but I would never do it. You can have your opinions but, at least, stand for them. That’s my opinion.”

Instead of throwing them in the trash, I’d just answer the complete opposite to what I think. Easiest to intimidate? Shawn Thornton. Best skater? Shawn Thornton.

Actually I’d just answer Shawn Thornton to every question, and get my teammates to do the same thing.

“In the latest anonymous players poll, Mike Babcock, Barry Trotz, and Shawn Thornton were voted best coaches in the NHL.”

  1. elvispocomo - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    What with people still calling them sisters, despite their durability and obvious offensive talent, it’s not surprising to them that someone might say they’re easy to intimidate. They don’t have to believe it, but they aren’t surprised people would say it.

  2. hoovertower - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    “If you’re going to say something, at least stand for it and show your face.”

    Is this a subtle knock on a certain Bruins goaltender, or is that too deep for Danny Sedin?

    • t16rich - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      Do you mean subconcious not subtle? Only a pot stirrer would find Daniel’s comment as a shot at Tim Thomas. People are getting stupid with the Thomas crap.

    • galuple - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      Except that TT didn’t hide behind anything. He stood up and said what he believed in, and everyone knows he said it. Now if he posted anonymously on a hockey blog and said “OBAMA SUCKS LOL” that would be different.

      • warpstonebc - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:15 AM

        LOL, nice try. Thomas did the hockey equivalent of making a big show of dropping his gloves… then turtling immediately.

  3. sknut - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    I think I know how this game works:

    Best hockey blogger—Jason Brough

    • Jason Brough - Feb 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM


  4. noulp - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    I think it’s to the Sedin’s advantage for opposing players to think that they can intimidate them instead of focusing on not getting schooled.

    • velocirapist - Feb 15, 2012 at 8:10 PM

      He’s been carrying Halford AND his hotdogs for years


  5. drewzducks - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Whatever you say Thelma…or is it Louise?

  6. danphipps01 - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Much as I think they lack the grit they need to succeed when the pressure’s on, the man’s got a point. Especially in a poll where you’re talking about something like “Who’s the easiest to intimidate?” or, in other words, “Who scares easily?” -man, watch out, we’ve got some real badasses hiding behind THIS anonymity guarantee, don’t we? If your face and your name aren’t out there when you’re calling out other players for being easily intimidated, you’re a merry hypocrite.

  7. t16rich - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    In other news, the Sedins gold medal and NHL awards is more than 99% of those interviewed have ever accomplished.

  8. blomfeld - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:28 PM


    The bottom line is that the Sedins are both excellent players and terrific citizens … and that’s the sole reason why they’re on the receiving end of so many jokes and teasing. I enjoy poking fun at them (ie: sisters and such) just as much as the next guy, yet even I know that only a fool could be blind to their skill and decency. I can also say that as one who lived and worked in Sweden many years ago, these guys are so Swedish it’s not even funny ! Swedes by and large, are probably one of the most decent people of all … and their society is one of the most advanced, compassionate and forward-thinking that you could find anywhere. My only knock on them is that they’re a little too “robotic” with their day to day affairs and I feel that the Swedish women are completely over-rated … apart from that, they’re very good people ! :)

  9. AppealToReason - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    The Twins are in a no win situation. If they ignore guys who go after them, then they’re called out for being scared. If they give whoever is giving it to them a shot back, they get chewed out for getting distracted and losing focus.

    • Jason Brough - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      Only way they can win is if they win a Cup. Which to be fair, is the case for most players of their caliber. Eg. Ovi, Thornton, Luongo

  10. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Your talking about Shawn Thornton of course?

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