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Report: Daniel Sedin out indefinitely with head injury

Mar 22, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

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Here’s what we know: Daniel Sedin suffered some sort of upper-body injury on Wednesday against Chicago, and will miss some period of time.

Now, time for conflicting stories!

RDS’ Renaud P Lavoie and Sportsnet’s Mark Spector report Sedin will miss at least two weeks with a concussion, putting his availability for the remainder of the regular season in doubt.

Countering that: TSN’s Farhan Lalji says those claims are inaccurate while another report, from Vancouver news radio station CKNW, says Sedin has a head injury and will be out “indefinitely.”

As for what the Sedin’s injury could mean…there are 16 days until Apr. 7, the final day of the regular season. Vancouver has nine games over that stretch and while the Canucks can’t really move up or down the Western Conference playoff picture, several of their opponents can.

Vancouver will face Colorado, Calgary and Dallas twice each over the next two weeks, and could do so without its second-leading scorer and the reigning Ted Lindsay Award winner. That would have a fairly profound effect on the Western playoff race, no?

As for other potential effects:

Larry Brooks of the New York Post thinks Brendan Shanahan should suspend Duncan Keith for the remainder of the regular season. How dramatically that would affect Chicago is incalculable, but it does open up the possibility of the sixth-place Blackhawks finishing the year without Keith or Jonathan Toews (concussion.)

— In a move to possibly replace Sedin’s offense, some Vancouverites want the Canucks to call up 2009 first-round pick Jordan Schroeder from AHL Chicago. But, as TEAM 1040 radio host Blake Price points out, Schroeder only has one goal and three points in his last 12 games with the Wolves.

  1. warpstonebc - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Imagine if missing Keith cause the Hawks to slide to #7 with the Canucks locked in the #2 slot…

  2. comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    You absolutely cannot suspend a first-time offender for the remainder of the year. This is getting out of hand.

    • badboyken - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      I would disagree with your comment considering it was a retaliation penalty for the shoulder to jaw hit Sedin put on Keith. Elbows to the head must stop and it is obivous this was the case and it looks like Keith had the intent to injure Sedin in the process. This is what must stop in the game. I am not saying Sedin’s hit was 100% clean, but as anyone who is an NHL Hockey fan knows, it is always the retaliation that gets punished.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        I’d argue there is some other stuff that happened against the Hawks last night that have no place in the game, and no suspensions will come of that.

        0-1: Um… thanks?
        2: Of course
        3: Fine, I guess
        4: Wait, what?
        5: Good grief
        >5: Serious problems in the system

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Aaron Rome.

      • tommytd - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM

        Raffe Torres

      • davebabychreturns - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        The existence of Raffi Torres totally proves comeonnowguys’ assertion that the NHL has never thrown the book at a player with no past history of dirty play (despite evidence to the contrary), thanks for contributing to the discussion!

  3. lolnowhy - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:53 PM


  4. schartz55 - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    If Keith had any sort of track record of being a dirty player I would agree with a lengthy suspension. But the reality is he is not and he should not be made the example for this incident.

  5. velocirapist - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Yeah, the league never makes examples out of players with no history of dirty AARON ROME COUGH COUGH MOTHERF***ING COUGH play.

    Romer got 48 games by Shanny’s math for a way less egregious hits. Different idiotic player safety regime sure, but if Keith gets 5 or less there’s no way you can take “we’re trying to make the game safer” seriously. Until guys like this get either a) meaningful suspensions or b) what comes around is all around, this will never be out of the game.

    Do you guys honestly think this has a place in the game? That seems to be what I’m reading in the comments these days.

    • lolnowhy - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      you sound like a melodramatic prima donna, this hit was not that dangerous

      • velocirapist - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        You sound like someone who neither saw the clip nor understands the game of hockey

      • loinstache - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        Way to prove his point. If you think that was fine in any capacity then you’re clearly letting your dislike of a team justify such a blatant dirty hit.

      • vaerstille - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:06 PM

        did you, or did you not, see the hit? first and foremost, it wasn’t a late hit, i’ll give you that. however, there isn’t any reason that Keith should be going to his Sedin at all. the puck had taken a strange bounce off the boards, and was 20 feet in the air. i don’t think that counts as possession. besides, even if Sedin did have the puck, the only part of his body Keith used in the hit was his elbow (which was brought very high), and the only part of Sedin’s body it made contact with was his head.

        there’s no doubt in my mind that the punishment should be a minimum of 3-5 games. Shane Doan got 3, and yes, he’s a repeat offender, but his elbow was made during the play, in which the Stars player was playing the puck. since Daniel never had, nor was even involved in the play, regardless of the resulting injury, was intentional, and was not a hockey play.

        you’ve already made yourself out to be a moron, i hope your response is a little more thought out than the already useless drivel which you’ve decided to post already.

    • kitshky - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      Blinded by homerisim I think that’s pretty much exactly what they’re saying. I expected homerism but what I’m reading here is borderline insititutional.

      Even complete jokes like Steve Rosenbloom, while attempting some of the sketchiest “logic” ever to see the pages of a major newspaper to try and still make Vancouver look bad here admits that Keith made a mistake;

      “And then Keith turned stupid. Then he became a Canuck. Then he sunk to Vancouver’s gutless, cheap-shot levels. He should know better. All the Hawks should”. – Rosenbloom

      While this “journalist” comes off like a pee wee player desperatly hoping his heroes will notice him and like him …even he admits the obvious mistake Keith made.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

        Homerism goes both ways. Care to say the Canucks were perfect angels last night and did nary a think to provoke the big, bad other team?

      • kitshky - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        No they werent, either were the Hawks …as we all expected and thats why everyone going into the game last night knew it was going to be a game worth watching . Like it always is.

        There’s a difference between two teams going at each other all night and what Keith did, try and keep perspective.

  6. rsl22 - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Rene Bourque got five games for his similar hit on Backstrom, which has lead to Backstrom missing somewhere over 40 games. Fair?

    I think five games for taking out a teams leading scorer with such a blatantly unnecessary and illegal hit is way, way to low, regardless of his prior history.

    The Blackhawks have 7 games remaining in the season…if Keith gets less than 7, then Shanahan is an f-ing idiot. I think even Chicago fans should recognize it needs to be dealt with harshly and 7 should be the minimum.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      OK, let’s flip it. What if they suspending a first time offender with absolutely no track record of this for the rest of the year, and Daniel’s back in 3 games? At this point we don’t know.

      • loinstache - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:35 PM

        Then he misses 7 games for a dirty hit and Daniel misses a few games as a result of injury? Not sure how this ‘flip’ scenario suddenly makes this unjust.

      • rsl22 - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:37 PM

        If it was a borderline NHL player, I might be afraid that a team would make it look like the injury is worse than it is. But I don’t think the team would send a Sedin home with two games remaining on a road-trip unless it was serious.

        Personally, I’m not even a Canucks fan. I’m just saying this from the side of a team that has lost a very important player to a stupid injury. I’m sick of seeing the Savards, Prongers, Crosbys, Backstroms, etc., etc. missing so much time for senseless elbows to the face (and I personally hate the Pens and the Flyers).

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:40 PM

        I brought it up because the big rationale I’ve seen for a “remainder” suspension is tied to how long Daniel is out.

      • velocirapist - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:40 PM

        Let’s really flip it. What if Daniel drilled Keith? I’d be pissed if he got suspended for the regular season, but I’d be pissed at Daniel for being such an idiot, not for the league trying to make the game safer.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        The problem with that is that it’s a really, really easy point to make in hindsight.

        For proper context, you’d have to flip the earlier incident first. Even then…

        And, honestly, if it were flipped, I’d be happy with any suspension, because at least it was something, unlike the Torres hit on Seabrook last year.

        But then, I guess you’d have to flip THAT as well. oy vey. My head hurts.

  7. madtolive5 - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Van had much more of a reputation of holding players out till a ruling comes down from the Shanahammer then Keith does for being a dirty player.

    You can’t stop every one of them. Give Keith a fine and move on.
    This didn’t seem like an intent to injure, as much as two hockey players being physical.

    • loinstache - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Seriously, where the hell are you guys getting this? I understand that the population hates the Canucks and wants to slip in the same jokes whenever they can, whatever. But at least stick to reality. Canucks holding a player out? Let’s see, when Booth had his knee jammed and lost months or when Salo was concussed and lost 6 games?

    • kitshky - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      Take your head out of your red white and black a** and take a deep breath of reality …

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:35 PM

        red white and black a** and take a deep breath of reality …

        Calm down, Kitshky, and stop acting like only one side has a dog in the fight.

      • kitshky - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

        No dude .. I’m saying there is no fight.

        It was a black and white play. Find me one respectable person involved in this game who would justify the elbow. You do realize it’s ok to admit when a player you like crossed the line right? That wasn’t fine worthy in any shape or form, your dislike of Vancouver is blinding you and you’re coming across delusional.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:41 PM

        On the off chance that this actually makes it through, I’d like to address your repeated claims that I am a delusional homer.

        I have never, ever said the elbow was justified. Perhaps its your hate of Chicago that prevents you from realizing I’ve never said that?

        I’m just trying to shed a little “perspective.” When it comes to the suspension, Blackhawk fans won’t get their slap on the wrist. Canuck fans won’t get their season ban. The reality will be in between.

        For every Canuck fan that sees Keith as The Great Puppy Kicking Baby Eating Satan, every Blackhawk fan sees a guy that for the past two years had liberties against him taken up to the line and at times crossed, including earlier in the game, and after his hit (I’d say rightfully so, except it was hair pulling and groin kneeing), finally showing terrible and dangerous judgement. He was in the wrong. If you really think self-identified Blackhawk fans as a whole aren’t saying that, then maybe you need to reexamine who you call homer.

        I think he gets three games. Five would not surprise me. Less than three would.

        But can it with the whole homer thing, because there are few things in life we view through a totally objective lens. Losing one of your key players to a dirty hit doesn’t make you any more objective on the matter than the fan of the player about to be suspended for it.

      • kitshky - Mar 23, 2012 at 5:29 AM

        All I’ve commented on this whole time is a classy hockey player getting elbowed in the head by another classy hockey player …it happens. What does my head in is you guys taking this as an excuse to rip on a team you dislike.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:47 AM

        /facepalm Man I really don’t have time for this again today.

        You win. I’m a dirty homer who is pissed Keith didn’t McSorley Daniel before finishing him off with the elbow without drawing a penalty.

  8. gobucky1 - Mar 22, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    So has the league set up a time to discuss Kesler’s high hit on Kruger that knocked him out of the game yet?

    • centraldutch - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:14 PM


  9. blomfeld - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Vi hoppas att du får väl snart Daniel …

    (ie: Swedish for “we hope that you get well soon Daniel”)

    There are two things which I suspect many of you people here lack ? .. 1) is a command of the Swedish language and … 2) is the unpleasant experience of suffering from a major concussion. Until you’ve done these things as I have, then it’s probably best that you save this jibberish about “oh yes, he should get maybe 3 or 5 games” etc. I’m not a Canucks supporter, but any real fan has to acknowledge that Keith is an idiot and what he did was completely unacceptable. For me, last night invoked vivid memories of Bobby Clarke breaking Kharlamov’s leg back in ’72, which was the key underlying reason for Canada’s victory in the end … it’s a shame, but it’s true .. and I know that in my heart to this day, even though I’m Canadian. The point is, are we playing hockey here or is this just ultimate warfare ? If it’s the former, then people like Keith should be gone from the league for 3-5 years, not 3-5 games ! … but if it’s the latter that you want, then fair enough … “tit” will be met for “tat” … that you can count on …

  10. tommytd - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Hey, at least he hasn’t bitten anybody yet!

  11. tommytd - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    So how long has Taser been sitting and why is he sitting? A dozen games because some moron nailed him in the head! I’m just sayin…

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:32 AM

      Well… There wasn’t one visible clearly bad hit. It was a game full of borderline stuff, so it was tough to tell what straw was the final one.

      What’s worse is he stupidly played five games after he got concussed. And it’s also not his first concussion.

      I’d rather they shelf him and start fresh next year.

  12. donttoewsmebro19 - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Congradulations Blomfled you can use the Internet to look up Swedish language. Weren’t you the one just a week or so ago posting. All about the La Kings and how they were going to destroy the sisters. Now you all a sudden have respect for them. I mean I you had respect for them in the first place wouldn’t you not call them the “sisters” in the first place?

    • blomfeld - Mar 22, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Ja, det ar riktigt .. jag kan tala Svenska altsa …

      just a couple of things there pal, while I put my “serious” hat on … I speak Swedish because I lived and worked there in my 20’s … my Swedish “ex” co-owns a store here in Vancouver with Trevor Linden’s wife Gina … I’ve been a Kings fan since ’73 and therefore I’ll likely stay a Kings fan until my final days … I love watching hockey just like you and everyone else, but what happened last night was “wrong” … no two ways about it …

      ps: I come to this website mostly in the spirit of having some “fun” (ie: Elvis videos, Sister talk, let’s crush them, Bettman’s a queen, etc) … but when stuff like this happens, it’s not funny … it has absolutely nothing to do with the game of hockey … and that doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, Swedish or Bolivian …

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