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Report: Daniel Sedin to join Canucks in LA, cleared to practice

Apr 16, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

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Huge news out of Los Angeles today as the Vancouver Canucks announced Daniel Sedin will re-join the team and participate in a full practice on Tuesday.

Sedin, 31, missed the final nine games of the regular season with a concussion after being elbowed in the head by Chicago’s Duncan Keith. He resumed practicing prior to the start of the Kings series, but didn’t receive medical clearance and has missed Vancouver’s first three playoff contests.

On Saturday, a former team employee tweeted that Sedin wouldn’t play for the remainder of the series, a claim Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault refuted.

Today, the coach updated Sedin’s status.

“Daniel is continuing to follow protocol,” Vigneault told the Canucks website. “He’s been skating for a few days and has been cleared to practice.”

When asked what Sedin’s potential return would mean for his club, Vigneault simply stated, “He’s our leading scorer.”

Sedin played very well against Los Angeles in three regular season games, recording 1G-3A-4PTS while playing over 18 minutes a night. He and brother Henrik combined to average a point per game against the Kings this year.

Goaltender Cory Schneider, who played in Vancouver’s 1-0 Game 3 loss, seemed excited about the potential of getting Sedin back in the lineup.

“In a series where goals are hard to come by, getting a 30-goal scorer back would be huge,” he said.

Speaking of goaltending, Vigneault says he hasn’t decided who will start Wednesday. Schneider replaced Roberto Luongo for Game 3 and surrendered just one goal to the Kings on 20 shots.

  1. nobandwagoners - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    I would seriously hate to see Sedin rush himself (and/or the team pressure him) back to play – even given the Nucks’ dire straits – if he truly is not fully recuperated. You don’t mess with your long-term health and ability to continue to play at a top level and play without fear of further exacerbating concussion issues. That’s one thing that can taken from Crosby’s recent concussion issues, not to mention any of a number of players.

    Yeah, practicing isn’t playing so maybe it’s just meant as a morale boost (dangling an extra carrot for a win?) but to practice then pull back from a game – does that help? Gamesmanship…

    • blomfeld - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      I think it’s gamesmanship too … at least right now …

  2. loinstache - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Yeah don’t know how excited I am about this. It’s kind of too late, and I would hate for this to have repercussions on his health.

  3. DTF31 - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Did they fly in Chicago’s doctors to get him cleared?

  4. pchow - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Dr. Mark Recchi approves. He also high fived Dustin Brown.

  5. jpelle82 - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    too little too late and way too much of a risk for a lost cause

  6. oside760 - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    oh my god i’m so worried now hahahahahahhahahhaha. 3-0!!! go back to canada. USA! USA! USA! USA!

    • soro17 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      You don’t want your Canadians? I’m sure at this point in the series the Canucks would trade Kesler, Higgins, Booth and Ballard for Richards, Carter, Doughty and Mitchell. Go USA.

    • Doesnotmatter - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      In the name of Kings’ fans, at least those that know a thing or two about hockey, I apologize for oside’s comment. He’s a moron. That can’t be cured.

      • oside760 - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:47 AM

        hahahahahahahahahahahahahahha hahahahahhahahahahaha hahahahahahha ahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha ahahahhahahahah ahahahhahaha

  7. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    What’s that I smell? Ah, yes. The sweet odor of Canucks desperation. The only better smell is Canucks failure.

    • tommytd - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      How about the smell of burning tires downtown after they bow out yet again?

      • blomfeld - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:04 PM

        Oside, Chip Caray, tommy and others …

        friends … don’t be presumptuous with these Canucks, as something’s telling me that closing them out is going to be difficult … I know we’ve got the bastards on the ropes and all we need now is just one good “knock out” blow … but that is not going to be easy, as they are “the best” which the NHL has to offer today …

  8. babar61 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    This has been terribly depressing. Unless they find some playoff magic and win 4 straight….as long as this doesn’t happen again…

    • blomfeld - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      @barbar61 – You needn’t worry, as there will not be any any civil strife here like last June. The circumstances are completely different this year and besides, it’ll be a mute point if the Kings can finish them off on Wednesday there in LA.

  9. trojanwarrior007 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    hopefully Sedin has learned his lesson to keep his elbows down.

  10. blomfeld - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    I highly doubt if Daniel comes back on Wednesday, though I can see him returning if this thing goes to seven games. As for Luongo, there’s a very real possibility now that he may have played his last game ever for the Vancouver Canucks ! Think about it … if Schneider starts to win then obviously they stick with him … but if they lose, that’s it for the year and I honestly don’t see Luongo surviving the “witch hunt” which is sure to follow in the aftermath … no way.

  11. bigbadbruins1968 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    That’s great news on Daniel Sedin. He’ll be ready to start golfing Thursday morning after the Canucks get swept by the Kings. Of course, that’s assuming Canucks’ fans don’t burn down Vancouver during the Wednesday night riot following the game.

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