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Report: Daniel Sedin expected to be “fine for next week”

Apr 7, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

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There are plenty of good teams in the Western Conference, but is there a true “favorite” this year? The “unproven” status of the St. Louis Blues and the various issues for other contenders* makes me reflexively insert the Vancouver Canucks in that category. Yet there’s that nagging question: will Daniel Sedin be healthy?

“Healthy” might be a relative term, but TSN reports that an unnamed Canucks executive said the “shooting Sedin” should “be fine for next week.”

Henrik Sedin provided some pretty positive feedback about his brother’s recovery.

“Early on, maybe (Daniel had concern), but as time has moved on he’s felt better and better,” Henrik said.

Daniel Sedin is fighting off concussion symptoms and has been sidelined since Duncan Keith‘s controversial elbow in a March 21 match. (Keith received a five-game suspension for his bad deeds.)

The playoffs officially begin on Wednesday, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Canucks’ first round will start then. That might depend on where they rank as far as seeding is concerned (stay tuned for the schedule to roll out on Sunday), yet it seems like the odds are in favor of the Sedin twins being reunited once the games start to really matter.

* – Some are awful on the road, others lack offensive punch, defensive savvy and stable goaltending. A few might even suffer from all of the above

  1. DTF31 - Apr 7, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Doctor “well Daniel, you’re cleared to go!”
    Henrik “Awesome thanks doc!”

    • bigtganks - Apr 7, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      That was actually VERY funny. :)

  2. kcprof926 - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    What a surprise Sudin feels fine. He Never had a concussion and the head coach is a joke to indicate he did.

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      I’m quick to knock the Sedins on their FIFA style, especially when the team instantly bypassed the traditional coy “upper body injury” route and went straight to the “concussion: two weeks” in attempts to increase the suspension.

      But, he’s been out two weeks, just like they said.

    • kitshky - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      You on the other hand … have clearly been knocked in the head more than once.

  3. interiorfan - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Actually AV has been resting them both for the playoffs. He’s had them alternately playing while “Daniel” has been “concussed”. That way, both Sedins will be rested for the playoffs. Ingenius coaching!

  4. tommytd - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Not at all surprised he’ll be ready to go. My opinion: the whole thing was a ruse!

    • elvispocomo - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:06 AM

      As much as their detractors want to call them ‘sisters’ and soft, they’re very competitive. Henrik fought through a bad foot/ankle injury to play and keep his ironman streak going (soon to pass JBo in Calgary since they missed the playoffs again). On top of that, they’re very competitive with each other, and Daniel doesn’t like Henrik having the opportunity to get further ahead in points and games played. There’s no way this is a faked injury.

  5. dropthepuckeh - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    He will have plenty of time this summer to rest his head. First round will be over in about ten days….

  6. jason9696 - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    I think Los Angeles has the goaltending to give Vancouver a scare in the first round. San Jose not so much. Either match up should be interesting though.

    • elvispocomo - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:08 AM

      And LA it is!

      • cableguymike - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        If LA could win games 0-0 I’d be more concerned. Canucks in 5.

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