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Daniel Sedin is “100 percent,” says brother Henrik

Apr 9, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

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Just to follow up on an earlier report, Daniel Sedin did indeed practice today in Vancouver, two days before Game 1 of the Canucks-Kings series.

While Daniel didn’t address the media afterwards, his brother, Henrik, indicated all was well.

“He’s 100 percent,” said Henrik. ”It was good to see him out there. It’s been a while. He looks good. We’re happy. If he wouldn’t have been out there today, he would have been a real long shot for Wednesday. That’s a good sign.”

When asked if he was worried the Kings would target Daniel after missing nine games with a concussion, Henrik said it wasn’t an issue – “They say it’s no different for him than for me taking a hit.”

Of course, coach Alain Vigneault was predictably evasive about Daniel’s status for Wednesday’s series opener.

“That is not going to be my decision, it’s going to be a medical decision,” he said. “He skated today for the first time with his teammates and we’ll see how he is doing tomorrow and we’ll take it from there.”

Anyway, here’s Henrik commenting on his brother’s health, as well as the Canucks’ prospects against the Kings:

  1. DTF31 - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Thats actually Daniel talking. He’s still woozy and he was just talking to himself in the mirror

    • rainyday56 - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:48 AM

      I think Daniel has been fine from the get-go. They’ ve both been resting, playing alternate games wearing #33.

  2. tru2joelu4eva - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    so basically he was fine and they were just trying to milk a lengthy suspension out of shanahan while he rested up for the playoffs.

    • kitshky - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:36 PM

      If Daniel only missed 3 games Duncan Keith still would have deserved at least 5 games, a suspension to Duncan Keith wouldnt (and didnt) have been of any benefit to Vancouver in any way shape or form.

      • tru2joelu4eva - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        yeah you’re right it’s totally far-fetched that these teams could meet in the playoffs, and even if they did, it totally wouldn’t benefit the canucks whatsoever to have chicago’s top defenseman tip-toing around their star players out of fear of another suspension. the vancouver organization would have been stupid not to try to vilify duncan keith as much as possible. it has a lot less to do with the actual suspension that was handed out a few weeks ago and more to do with the potential future playoff matchup.

      • kitshky - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        If you believe that Duncan Keith is going to “tip toe” around any teams star players, particularly Vancouver … you got a hell of a lot less respect for him than I do.

    • cableguymike - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      The Canucks didn’t have to vilify Keith. He did it to himself by ramming his elbow through Sedin’s face. Check YouTube and you can see this wasn’t an isolated incident either. He’s done the same thing before but has avoided discipline.

      Now give your head a shake. The Blackhawks should be thanking the league and Sedin’s face for letting them rest their star player down the stretch guilt free. It didn’t help the Canucks whatsoever, the tiptoe theory is ludicrous, and if you don’t believe he had a concussion then fly to Vancouver and we’ll see what happens when I unsuspectingly elbow you in the face with a piece of plastic strapped to my arm.

      Anyone that plays the “he wasn’t really hurt” card is just grasping at straws.

    • davebabychreturns - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      I love how to some hockey fans, a player waiting until they have recovered from an injury to come back is “milking” their injury.

      Perhaps the Canucks just didn’t want a Nathan Horton, Marc Savard, Chris Pronger, Jonathan Toews, etc, etc, etc situation on their hands.

      A lot of “gutsy” players have cut their careers short acting like a head injury was no big deal. On the plus side I guess they earned the good graces of keyboard warriors like “tru2joelu4eva”…

      • cableguymike - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:21 PM

        “The Canucks are a bunch of pussies because they don’t play through a little concussion.” -Joel Quenneville’s Moustache

        “Concussions are as real as unicorns and broken backs.” -Dr Mark Recchi

  3. scottybcboy - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Another good elbow to the chops and he certainly won’t be 100%, shame on Van for bringing him back so quickly……. If he has a recurrence?….you heard it here first.

    • davebabychreturns - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      WTF, who is 100% after a “good” elbow in the face? Of course he’s going to have further concussion issues if he catches an elbow in the face, that’s what got him there in the first place.

      As for recurrence, the Canucks have been pretty cautious – Daniel sat ten games after a ‘minor’ concussion before skating with the team. Not sure how they could be any more careful without shutting him down for the season..

      • scottybcboy - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM

        Shutting him down sounds like a great idea, as there are no such things as ‘minor’ concussions, Dr. Babych.

      • davebabychreturns - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:39 AM

        You’re calling me Dr. after disputing the concussion protocol and medical advice (from doctors) followed by Sedin and the Canucks organization to get him back to this point. That’s rich.

        There may be no much thing as a “minor concussion” – although that smacks of the kind of hysterical tripe one often hears when information about something is scarce – but there is certainly such thing as a major concussion and this was clearly not one of those.. making it minor by comparison.

        Anyway I think we all know that there is no blueprint for making a full recovery from a head injury and no guarantee that there will never be problems or setbacks down the line. That being said Sedin’s recovery to this point has been cautious and deliberate compared to what we generally see in the NHL so I’m not sure what you’re hoping to accomplish with this kind of wild speculation.

      • cableguymike - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        Depends who you ask. According to Hawks fans taking an elbow to the face is as likely to give you a concussion as having your head hit your pillow.

        If Daniel is truly symptom free then there is no reason to keep him out of Game 1. The fact of the matter is for some guys it takes a couple weeks and for others it takes longer to get back to normal. That he didn’t continue in the game like some players out there or suit up for any of the following games plays a role in recovery as well. The Canucks have handled the situation pretty well and I’m sure they will be monitoring him closely going forward.

        Why keep him out until October if he’s just as healthy after two weeks?

  4. blomfeld - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Welcome Back Daniel !

    it’s good to see Daniel recover like this and make his way back into the Canuck’s lineup … he and his brother are “decent” folk and they play hockey the way it was meant to be played … nonetheless, they are now enemy # 1 and so we Kings fans are very happy for Daniel’s return, as the last thing we want to hear are excuses from Canuck Nation after we take care of business …

    Blomfeld’s prediction: Kings in five ! :)

    • cableguymike - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Canucks in 5!

      • blomfeld - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

        Kings in 4 ! :)

      • cableguymike - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM

        Kings say uncle and forfeit the series after two games in Vancouver!!

  5. ballistictrajectory - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    100% ready to wilt under fire…

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