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Sedin: Mike Smith is a diver

May 15, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT


The normally reserved Henrik Sedin has thrown down some fightin’ words.

Or, divin’ words.

Sedin, currently playing with Team Sweden at the 2013 World Hockey Championships, blasted Phoenix Coyotes/Team Canada goalie Mike Smith, who is currently lighting up the tournament with a .957 save percentage and 1.30 GAA.

The following comes from a Hockey Expressen piece (courtesy Canucks Army, with translation from HockeySverige):

“Smith is a [expletive] big goalie, extremely big and good at playing the puck. He also dives a lot. You can’t barely touch him, then he will fall

“He’s the goalie in the NHL that draws more penalties than anyone else. I believe it was twelve penalties that the other team took. He goes out, holds on to the puck and then holds on, holds on.

“When you challenge him or barely touches him, he falls. That’s something we’ve got to be careful with. I’m going to tell the ref to keep an eye on him.”

Sedin dropped these remarks following Tuesday’s win over Denmark, a result that put Sweden in a quarterfinal matchup with the Canadians.

The Canucks captain has a history with the ‘Yotes netminder, especially after incidents from this year.

In March, teammate and countryman Alex Edler was given a two-game suspension for this hit on Smith:

In April, the Smith and Canucks got into it again:

Canada and Sweden will meet on Thursday to decide who will advance to the tournament semifinals.

  1. jjregan21 - May 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Says the guy with Ryan Kesler on his team…

    • hawkeedawg - May 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      They don’t give out Selke Awards to divers. That was long ago, he has changed his game.

      • hawkeedawg - May 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        Or the Lindsay, which is voted on by the players.

    • loinstache - May 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      The comments were made to a Swedish source regarding Sweden vs Canada. Odd, don’t see Kesler on either of those teams line ups?

      • gscheelar - May 15, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        Not that Kesler is a paragon of virtue, but there is a reason he is not on the Canadian or Swedish team: he’s American.

      • loinstache - May 15, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        no sh*t?

  2. ironyisadeadscene - May 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    First Bieksa, now Sedin. The true subject matter experts on diving are showing their mettle.

  3. jhuck92 - May 15, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I’m glad this is finally coming to light. I haven’t liked Mike Smith since that flop against Andrew Shaw in last year’s playoffs. And the worst part is he tries to act tough after being touched. Jay-Z said it best: it’s only so long fake thugs can pretend.

    • mb65dod - May 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      I totally agree with you. Being a Blackhawks fan, I am a bit biased but I agree with Sedin.

      • antiqueff - May 15, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        I completely agree with you. What I find hilarious is a Sedin calling someone a diver. Now that is the epitome of the pot calling the kettle black. ROFLMAO

  4. blomfeld - May 15, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Well Said Henrik !

    not to mention the fact that Mike Smith is also a compulsive liar … in fact, the entire Phoenix Coyotes organization is a ‘House of Lies’ oozing with falsehoods and deceit at every turn … their parasitic finances, their phoney and “sexed up” attendance figures, the never-ending parade of fake buyers … even many of their fans are known to be liars … in fact, I’m now convinced that Bettman and the NHL are holding on to this troubled franchise for no other reason than tax write-off purposes … and that’s a shame 😦

  5. comeonnowguys - May 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I’m aware of the source. Doesn’t mean he isn’t right.

  6. dropthepuckeh - May 15, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    The best judges are usually former competitors themselves and in this case, Henrik is superbly qualified to identify expert divers. From one pro diver on a team of divers to another, excellent recognition.

  7. jpelle82 - May 15, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    takes one to know one. calling the kettle black

  8. loinstache - May 15, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    This site deserves the terrible officiating and theatrics of this league. People whine about this crap every friggen article, and it gets pointed out and you then scoff and point to players history on their team and dismiss it. Do you honestly want/expect a perfect player on a perfect team to magically herald a new era of hockey in? Vancouver has dramatically decreased the embellishing done by certain players, showing they’re aware and want it gone. No **** they’re not perfect but show me one other team whose made efforts to fix their game while trying to get it out of the rest of the league.

  9. billyhauntswizards - May 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Henrik’s right, but he says it as if he has any room to talk.

  10. 19to77 - May 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Pot, kettle, all that.

    Not that he isn’t right. Smith dives a lot. But coming from a freaking Sedin?

  11. rosselliott - May 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    For a “diver”, Smith really sold that hit from Edler. He missed the final period of that game and then about 10 more games after. THAT is commitment to the craft, certainly!

    Having said that, he does appear to get a little flamboyant when he’s hit behind the net.

    • comeonnowguys - May 15, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Smith earned the indifference.

      A “little flamboyant?”

      Here, he flails on the ice just long enough for Shaw to get tossed. He then gets up, doesn’t miss a second of play. His coach says “Gee, I don’t know if he’s going to play next game.” Shaw gets 3 games. Smith doesn’t miss a second of the series.

      I’m a fan of this one too. He lays on the ground in agony until the trainer comes and apparently tells him that it was his own player that hit him, and the other team won’t be penalized. Then it’s back to playing hockey.

      • jhuck92 - May 15, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        That dive against Andrew Shaw was pathetic and unprofessional. Mark Fraser got hit in the forehead by a slapshot only a week ago (you know, a real injury), and spent less time on the ice than Smith did.

        And then this little tidbit showing his class:

  12. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Almost all goalies are divers and always have been, moving on.

  13. hosewater2 - May 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I would question the translation here, Henrik never uses (expletives) in media interviews, and why would he start during a meaningless exhibition tournament?

    • alexbaymac - May 15, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      In Sweden, “Stupid” is an expletive… 😉
      Try it.

    • jasgripen - May 16, 2013 at 2:45 AM

      He said “djävligt” which is an expletive but not a very strong one.

      It is a derivation from “djävul” = devil; “djävligt” = devilish in English but the direct translation isn’t on spot. I would equal it to the British use of “bloody”, “Smith is a bloody big goalie. “

  14. coyotes89 - May 15, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Sounds like a big piece of the Canucks roster should retire as hockey players and follow their apparent dreams of being nhl refs. I thought the complaining would end atleast when they sharks knocked them out.

    • 19to77 - May 15, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Forgive me if I don’t exactly trust your unbiased perspective on this one, coyotes89.

  15. harpdog - May 15, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    This whole diving matter is a grey area for me. In the dressing room it is called “drawing a penalty” and the player is rewarded with nice job or way to go and pats on the back from team mates. He or she is classified as being a team player. If referees are stupid enough or lazy enough to be fooled then so be it. There comes a time when referees have to be held accountable. The Diving jackets ou put on players seems to be something they can never take off once they get accused of diving just one time. Players try to walk the line on what is a penalty and if referees were to do their job and call the game by the rule book and not by their own personal standards the issue of diving would never be brought up. I blame this all on the officials who control the game. Putting the whistle away or changing the rules and how penalties are called from night to night, game to game and regular season and playoff hockey is what has made Diving a big issue

  16. pennerismyhomeboy - May 15, 2013 at 4:33 PM


  17. hawkeedawg - May 15, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Anybody know where to find stats that break penalties down over the course of a career? I can’t find anything.

  18. manchestermiracle - May 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    harpdog is right about the lack of quality officiating contributing to divers getting rewarded. The biggest tool in Smith’s box isn’t diving however, it’s slashing opposing forwards who dare camp out anywhere near his crease.

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