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Sedins’ reputation for being soft angers Tortorella

Nov 1, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin AP

Daniel and Henrik Sedin are both skilled forwards that have been performing at an elite level for the better part of a decade. They’ve also been referred to as soft, and that’s a label Canucks coach John Tortorella passionately disagrees with.

“I’m not sure who started it but I’m sure there are a couple of know-it-alls out there who always talk about it,” Tortorella said, according to the Vancouver Province. “But they don’t have a clue what these guys are about.”

He added, “It pisses me off, the reputation that’s still out there. It’s so undeserving and so disrespectful.”

Tortorella pointed to the twins’ puck protection skills and work along the boards as evidence of their toughness. He also feels that people look at their level of skill and just assume they don’t have a game beyond that.

The Sedin twins have become the cornerstones of the Canucks’ franchise and will remain in that role after agreeing to matching four-year, $28 million extensions today.

They are 33 years old, so the Canucks are gambling on the idea that they won’t regress significantly over that span, but if you’re going to make that kind of bet, these are the guys you want to do it with. They have stayed relatively healthy throughout their careers and haven’t slowed down significantly yet.

Not to mention that they have clearly earned Tortorella’s respect.

  1. elvispocomo - Nov 1, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Mostly the fans he’s calling out there now that Bolland has apologised for his comments about them being ‘sisters’ and ‘sleeping in bunk beds’.

  2. ruddigervancity - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    You know, as a Canucks fan I just take for granted the type of people and players these guys are. Yes they are skilled players, and they aren’t of the same ilk as Getzlaf or Perry, but they are far from soft.

    I never really thought about how weird it must seem to fans of the other 29 teams (or players on those teams, for that matter) that they are identical twins, gingers and Swedish…which is pretty much a trifecta for jokes about toughness and “playing the right way”. But over the past decade we have been lucky enough to have these guys to count on night in and night out, and the Canucks franchise is damn lucky to have had them. Looking forward to another 4+ years with them as an integral part of this team.

    • dewman8810 - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      No… it has nothing to do with the fact that they are Swedish or gingers or twins. It has everything to do with the fact that over the years their diving and embellishment pisses people off and the fact that they’ve generally been protected on the ice by rarely starting shifts in the defensive zone and starting most shifts in the offensive zone.

      I don’t hear anyone calling Henrik Lundquist soft because he’s Swedish and a twin. That’s because he’s not a whiny little b!tch.

      But the Sedin’s are damn good players. Just don’t be pansy divers.

  3. jpat2424 - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    The sisters are soft!!

    • hawkeedawg - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Who is your team jpat? Must drive you nuts (if you have any) to have girls score on your team!!!
      Past 5 years, Henrik is second overall in scoring, Danny is fifth. Two MVP awards, two scoring titles….

      ….so yeah, soft as cement

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        0 Cups

        Toughness matters in the playoffs.

  4. jhunter21 - Nov 1, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    700+ games in a row? Ya that sounds soft to me.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      What does that have to do with not playing a physical game?

  5. ibieiniid - Nov 1, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    alright nucks… you don’t have to sell it to us, it was 2 great signings, we get it

  6. colby7 - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    So far Torts has been exactly what the Canucks needed. AV would probabaly just pop another throat lasgne and say “They are real good players on a real good team” or some other gargbage.
    I was totally wrong when I predicted that his style would drive the Sedins out of town, and I am very pleased the way things are working out thus far.

    Were the Sedins and Luongo ever actually slow in October or was it just lazy coaching? Torts presses the attack until the last minute and he actually wants to win every game.

  7. arbruins - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Don’t kid yourself Torts…they are soft!

  8. saintsredwings - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    They’re soft. What was it like 7 jabs by Marchand ? If they were tough, the Sedin wouldn’t have stood there like a punching bag. Toughness shows up in the playoffs, the Sedins. Not so much

  9. 7mantel - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    That’s my Torts ! Boy do I miss him behind the NYR bench !

  10. jpat2424 - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    They haven’t won anything important. Oh and Hawkeedog two cups in four year so I guess you can figure it out.

  11. ltcpain75 - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Skilled forwards – check
    Durability in the NHL – check
    Not afraid to go into the corners – check
    MVP/Scoring titles – check

    When’s the last time they hit anyone – Never

  12. martin492013 - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Everything anger Torts!!! So nothing to surprising.

  13. jspeed71 - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Thank Torts! You acknowledged that YES I am a know-it-all!

    The Sedins are really good, they are even great hockey players but I have seen so many playoffs where they dive and whine and just cower from hard working grinders… not even the well known tough guys, I mean just hard nosed opponents… the Sedins seem to fall apart in a dramatic way deep in the playoffs.

    Can they take a bruising? Every NHLer can take that but we are talking degrees here. The elite Sedins flop more than your usual elite player.

  14. bleedingteal4life - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    They are soft and they use each other as a crutch. If they want to stop being called soft then they should probably be separated from their conjoined twin state. And that is “soft” as in comparison to other players who have to do everything ON THEIR OWN, without someone holding their hand the whole way.

    /rage on fellow posters

  15. interiorfan - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Not soft and not dirty, cheap shot artists a la Bruins, either.

  16. deezenucks - Nov 2, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    What are you in about dewman? Ya the Canucks have a divin rep but none of that has come from the sedins, an so soft they havnt had a tough guy watching their back for years now

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