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Trouble for Tre Kronor: Henrik Sedin won’t play for Sweden at Olympics

Feb 6, 2014, 4:27 PM EDT

Henrik Sedin AP

Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin has confirmed reports that he won’t be representing Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Sedin, who was set to serve as one of Sweden’s alternate captains, informed Sportnet’s Dan Murphy of the decision on Thursday. The news came just hours after Vancouver announced it was shutting Sedin down for the final two games prior to the Olympic break, an announcement that included John Tortorella saying he didn’t want his captain playing in Sochi.

To say Sedin has been ineffective lately would be putting it mildly. He’s gone pointless in back-to-back losses to Detroit and Boston — Vancouver only managed to score once in the two games — and hasn’t been able to take faceoffs, attempting just four against the Wings and one against the Bruins.

Prior to the Detroit game, Sedin had missed six in a row with a rib ailment.

The news is a big blow to both player and country, as Sedin has a long history of competing for Sweden internationally. He was part of the gold medal-winning side at the 2006 games in Turin, played again at the ’10 games in Vancouver and won gold at the 2013 World Hockey Championships.

Sedin is tied with his brother (and fellow Swedish Olympian) Daniel for the Canucks’ scoring lead this season, with 40 points. Henrik’s 31 assists put him t-19th in the NHL and fourth among all Swedish skaters.

Reports suggest that Calgary’s Mikael Backlund could be in line as a replacement. The Swedes has already had to deal with an injury replacement issue, as Gustav Nyquist was called into the side to take the spot of Johan Franzen (currently sidelined with a concussion) and Backlund would be something of a surprise.

Based on an earlier report from  IIHF scribe Risto Pakarainen, Sweden’s list of replacement forwards included Nashville’s Patric Hornqvist and Washington’s Marcus Johansson.

  1. realemman - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Tough break for Sedin, nagging injuries have been hampering to play to his full talent..

  2. lowenni - Feb 6, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Yikes. Really tough blows for some countries recently with Stamkos, Gaborik, Koivu, Sedin, etc. I would expect Johannson takes his place, plays more of a similar passing game to Henrik than Hornqvist does.

  3. canucks30 - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    He already has an Olympic and World Championship Gold Medal so I don’t think he’s nearly as crushed as someone like Stamkos who will miss his only chance to be an Olympian.

    • realemman - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      Only chance? he’s still 23, he’s got plenty of time in his career to go to the Olympics in the future, only if the NHL lets players go.

      • jernster21 - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        They won’t be playing in the olympics for the rest of Bettman/Daly’s tenure, not when they’re being held in countries so far away from North America, anyway.

  4. sjtorpitt - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    In pyeongyang in 2018, and wherever it is in 2022, I doubt they will be be going.

    • 19to77 - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Oslo, Norway is one of the applicants for 2022. If it wins they’ll definitely send NHL players. Huge hockey markets all across Scandinavia.

      • 19to77 - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        The rest, though… Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan. Yeah. Not exactly stellar odds with any of them.

  5. Moop - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    If Sweden had any sense, they’d let Carl Soderberg play in the Olympics rather than continue to be angry that he wanted to come play for the Bruins at the end of last season.

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