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Vigneault on Daniel Sedin: “It is what it is”

Apr 11, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

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Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault borrowed a line from Todd Bertuzzi‘s media playbook this morning after confirming an earlier report that Daniel Sedin (concussion) would miss tonight’s Canucks-Kings opener at Rogers Arena.

”It is what it is,” said Vigneault, as per LA Kings Insider. “We’ve never talked about elements that we don’t have in our lineup. We’ve always played with the guys that are healthy and capable of helping this team.”

As for the Canucks’ rejigged first line that’s expected to consist of Henrik Sedin, Alex Burrows, and Daniel’s replacement, Mason Raymond, Vigneault added: “That line is going to have to find a way to do what they do. If we put Mason with Hank, it’s because I expect offensive production from that line. Hank has always been (on) one of our offensive lines, and I don’t see that changing tonight.”

Raymond has been much maligned in Vancouver for his lack of production (10 goals in 55 games), and against a Kings team that plays great defense, scoring will be a significant challenge.

Oh, and Vigneault also commented (or didn’t comment) on Daniel’s father, Tommy, telling a Swedish news site that his son suffered a headache following Monday’s practice.

“I am not going to discuss what his father said and if the information is totally true,” Vigneault said. “I’m not going to get into that. Nobody should have but they did. We have the total picture. We know what’s going on and we’re not sharing that. It’s not information that needs to be shared right now. So that’s the way it is.”

  1. barroomhero80 - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM


    • davebabychreturns - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      Mmm, pertinent.

  2. hibackhand - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Media keep overlooking the huge untapped souce of info: Parents. So happy and quick to gush about their kids. Worked withthat Leafs goalie’s mom.

  3. loinstache - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Hoping Daniel rests for a full recovery. The team has shown it can play without him, so let’s get the secondary scoring in their game in anticipation of his return. Also hesitant about Raymond on the first line; he played some good hockey after getting benched but I’m still not sold he’s completely revamped his game. That Burr-Lapp-Hank line had so much puck control while causing a havoc in front of the net, and that’s the sort of thing that needs to happen against the Kings.

    • haterzgonahate - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      lol.. Burr-Lapp.. maybe that line could show some sac.. get it? Burr-Lapp sac..

      still think Burrows should play with Bitz and be the Bitz and Bites line

      i’m here all week folks!

  4. fourfeatherfury - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Dear Los Angeles,

    You’re welcome.

    -Duncan Keith

    • ipaintrinks - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      cold blooded.

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    I know “it is what it is” has been around for a long time but it really has been a sports “go to” cliche ever since Dennis Green used it after the Bears pulled off that crazy comeback on Arizona

  6. highlander24 - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    I don’t care who they have! Let’s beat them! GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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